What are the effects of violence and trauma on Southland communities? How can larger institutions and grassroots organizations effectively collaborate to address the effects of trauma on individual and community health? What are some of the best practices being used to help communities recover from the effects of trauma?
To address these questions and others, Southland RISE (Resilience Initiative to Strengthen and Empower), a collaboration powered by the University of Chicago Medicine and Advocate Heath Care, hosted the all-day summit, Healing to RISE: Fostering Connections to Support Individuals, Families and Communities Impacted by Trauma at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Chicago’s far South Side. The two health systems launched Southland RISE in 2019 to strengthen and integrate violence recovery and trauma care services throughout the South Side and across the south suburbs.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered the summit’s opening remarks, highlighting the city’s commitment to reducing gun violence and supporting efforts promoting trauma recovery.