Funding will significantly advance hospital’s work on major child health issues in Chicago: violence prevention, child abuse and mental health needs
- The Juvenile Justice Collaborative connects youth involved in the justice system with needed community services to avoid incarceration. These youth are at heightened risk for committing increasingly violent crimes and being the victims of gun violence. Connecting them to services reduces their risk. The Juvenile Justice Collaborative is a partnership between Lurie Children’s Strengthening Chicago Youth (SCY), Cook County Juvenile Probation Department and community partners.
- Patterns of violence will be rigorously evaluated using the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) based at Lurie Children’s. Results will provide opportunities for violence prevention.
- A first-of-its-kind, scientifically based software tool developed at Lurie Children’s, called Humagram, will be made available to doctors, nurses, and children’s advocates to help determine if a child’s injury is accidental or due to child abuse. This tool will be included in a telemedicine platform that will allow pediatricians to access the expertise of child abuse specialists at Lurie Children’s.
- To increase access to mental health services, an innovative approach to streamlining evaluations leading to patients receiving empirically supported group treatments, with follow-up individual therapy as needed. In addition, a new collaborative approach between Lurie Children’s mental health experts and primary care pediatricians that would include evaluation, consultation and training.
- Expanded training in recognizing trauma and intervening to support children will be provided at schools and other child-serving organizations through Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience.
- The new Survey of Children’s Health in Chicago, conducted in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, will measure health needs and public attitudes regarding mental health, child maltreatment and violence involving and affecting youth. Findings from this survey, along with program evaluations, will be brought together to provide greater understanding of the impact on the overall health of the children in the metropolitan Chicago area.
Originally posted at luriechildrens.org.