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Faculty Experts

John A. Rich, MD

Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

School of Public Health

Expertise:

public health

Contact:

john.armand.rich@drexel.edu

215.762.3934

A leader in the field of public health, Rich’s work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations: African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

He is the author of the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. He directs the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel. Its cornerstone program, “Healing Hurt People,” is a hospital-based violence intervention and prevention program that works with clients who are seen in the emergency department for intentional injuries such as gunshots or other assault wounds.


For news media inquiries, contact Frank Otto at fmo26@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • Five Tips on How to Deal With Trauma and the News

    John Rich, MD, MPH, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, was interviewed on Public Radio International’s “The World” on July 8 about how to cope with trauma and the news.

  • Drexel's 'Healing Hurt People' Program Helps Young Victims Recover From Emergency Room Tauma

    John Rich, MD, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, and Theodore Corbin, MD, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine, were quoted in a Feb. 17 Indianapolis Recorder story about Drexel's "Healing Hurt People" program.

  • Healing Hurt People Program Helps Young Victims Recover from Emergency Room Trauma

    Theodore Corbin, MD, an associate professor in the College of Medicine, and John Rich, MD, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, were quoted in a Feb. 5 story from the Urban News Service about Healing Hurt People, an intervention program at Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. The story was picked up by the Seattle Medium, the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint and the Michigan Chronicle.

  • Anti-Gang Programs Approach Violence As A Disease

    John Rich, MD, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, was quoted in a Nov. 5 Ebony story about anti-violence programs that approach the problem as a public health issue.

  • For 'Genius' Winners, Grants Mean Fame, Money - and Pressure

    John Rich, PhD, a professor in the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Sept. 30 Philadelphia Inquirer story about MacArthur Foundation grants.

  • Philadelphia: brotherly love and trauma-informed practice

    A blog post on Philly.com “The Public’s Health” authored by Jonathan Purtle, a doctoral student and research associate in the School of Public Health, cited the work in trauma-informed care and research by Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, John Rich, MD, a professor and chair of the department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and Theodore Corbin, MD, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine.

  • The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

    Research from the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in the School of Public Health and College of Medicine on the impact of trauma on urban violence, and the Healing Hurt People intervention program, were discussed in a ProPublica article on Feb. 3. The story also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • ‘Golden Moment’ Helps Gang Members Turn Their Lives Around

    The Healing Hurt People program was featured in a piece on WBUR, Boston's NPR news station on Jan. 30.

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