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Healing Hurt People: Helping Victims of Violence Heal from Their Trauma and Become Community Peer Health Workers

November 1, 2019

City Wide Stories interviewed Ted Corbin, MD MPP, and John Rich MD, MPH, about the effects of trauma on Black people and the importance of having community peer health workers.

"There were no resources for doing the appropriate follow up care that one would need, after being shot, stabbed or assaulted, given those symptoms of trauma that go unnoticed," said Corbin. "That’s the impetus behind it. John noticed in his practice in primary care that young men of color weren’t seen in primary care but were seen in trauma or STD clinics. This effort was to go deeper to see how young people (particularly young men of color) that are affected by intentional injury most heal."

"The three things Healing Hurt People does is to get people better, working to decrease symptoms of trauma, and get them connected, because we want them to get plugged into long term care, primary care, behavioral health services, educational and job resources."

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