In addition to VPI's Signature Programs, there are other violence prevention programs throughout the CHOP Network that provide services to affected youth and their families or conduct relevant research.
Adolescent Initiative at CHOP
The Adolescent Initiative evaluates and cares for adolescents living with HIV and provides prevention services to high-risk youth. An interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, peers and mental-health professionals creates a seamless continuum of service. Youth diagnosed with HIV often have multiple psychosocial problems such as basic subsistence issues, disclosure, housing, stigma, mental-health issues and lack of social support. Thus, the Adolescent Initiative programs link youth to care and provide services to help youth become more knowledgeable, self-sufficient and competent in managing their HIV. Providing this level of support also buffers these vulnerable youth from cycles of violence.
Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program
The Children's Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP) provides comprehensive partial hospital services in a behaviorally based, trauma informed therapeutic setting for children between the ages of 5 and 13 years old. In a continuum of care children can attend one of two separate but complementary programs, the full day partial hospital program for 6 hours per day, 5 days per week or the extended day partial hospital program for 4.5 hours per day 4 days a week. Children are referred due to various behavioral, emotional, social and psychiatric needs that significantly influence their ability to learn and participate constructively in the community.
The overall mission of the program is to improve child and family functioning so that a child who is at risk of being removed from the community or psychiatric hospitalization or being excluded from school because of psychiatric/behavioral symptoms, can remain and be productive in his or her home, school and community. We believe that these changes can be maintained long term through the inclusion of family, school and community supports as an extension of our treatment team. CIEBS treatment focuses on the learning of emotional self-regulation, adaptive behaviors, pro-social skills and healing from trauma that can help prevent these children from becoming violent or victims of violence.
Community-Driven Research Day
Attendees interacting with poster presenters at Community-Driven Research Day.
Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaboration between researchers from multiple universities and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Philadelphia that have research questions about community approaches to improving health outcomes. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs will lead the event and highlight their research questions to program participants, including area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and students and researchers from local academic institutions, such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. These institutions also serve as co-sponsors.
The first annual CDRD, co-founded by the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center and The Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn, took place in October 2010 and focused on violence prevention and the built environment. The event continues to take place on an annual basis.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a program that provides free comprehensive services to income-eligible pregnant women and families to enhance their children's growth and development during the first three years of life, including positive parenting and prenatal care classes and home visits. The program also provides access to community resources, including mental health services, that foster healthy self-sufficient families and offer enrichment activities for children with disabilities. While the program is located at Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia, Early Head Start staff spends much of their time in the community and in the homes of the people they serve.
Homeless Health Initiative
The Homeless Health Initiative is a volunteer outreach program run by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that provides free health and health-related services to parents and children living in local emergency housing shelters in West Philadelphia. The Homeless Health Initiative also helps families experiencing homelessness in multiple shelters in and around Philadelphia to access important healthcare services including health insurance, primary care and specialty care. Through its work, the Homeless Health Initiative helps to alleviate some of the toxic stress of chronic poverty that can lead to a youth being involved in violence.
Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center
The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC) was a multi-university, community-based research program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006-2012 with the goal of preventing violence and aggression in the lives of young people in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Read more about the history and legacy of this project.
LGBTQ+ Pride is an employee resource group, 1 of 9 groups that CHOP’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) supports, that seeks to foster a positive work environment that supports employees, patients and patient families who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), and their allies (non-LGBTQ advocates). LGBTQ+ Pride supports the Hospital’s overall efforts to maintain a safe, non-discriminatory space for employees, families, patients, and other stakeholders, demonstrating that CHOP is a safe space for diversity in sexual and gender identities. By partnering in efforts with ODI to provide the CHOP community with continuing education regarding LGBTQ issues and bringing together LGBTQ employees across all areas of the Hospital, LGBTQ+ Pride members seek to serve as role models, both at CHOP and in the community, who can contribute to the reduction of bullying and self-harm behaviors to our pediatric population.
Over the last 40 years, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed one of the nation's most comprehensive programs to address the critical issues of child abuse, neglect, and placement in substitute care. Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other Hospital personnel. Its mission is to provide the best care to children and families dealing with child abuse or neglect. Prevention efforts include the development and dissemination of Pri-CARE, an evidence-informed approach to positive parenting. Safe Place has been a leader in innovative approaches in the care of vulnerable populations including a telemedicine clinic for child sexual abuse, and development of an electronic screener to evaluate social needs and resource map to assist families in accessing these supports and services.