Through research, evidence-based programming, and direct service, UChicago is working with community partners on the South Side and beyond to build safer communities, save lives, and heal traumatic emotional wounds inflicted by violence.
Our social work, public policy, and public health faculty work with community organizations to identify the root causes of violence, develop innovative solutions, and deploy strategic programs to reduce crime and restore neighborhoods.
For example, we are working alongside Bronzeville community leaders to eradicate youth violence through a collaborative, comprehensive action plan focused on supporting youth and their families. We also are using our data analytics expertise to advance effective strategies that will promote public safety.
At UChicago Medicine, we offer the city’s only hospital-based program dedicated to helping survivors of violence recover, both physically and emotionally. Our efforts to promote holistic recovery are providing a model for trauma centers across the country.
WTTW: Black Fathers Face ‘Dual Pandemics' of Coronavirus, Racial Violence
African Americans are facing not only the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus, but also the deadly pandemic of violence. As Father's Day approaches, Waldo Johnson Jr. of the University of Chicago spoke with WTTW about the burdens that Black men deal with, particularly those pertaining to Black fathers.
Community summit brings together Chicagoland leaders seeking solutions to effects of violence and trauma
To discuss the effects of violence and trauma on Southland communities, and the roles of larger institutions and grassroots organizations in addressing trauma, Southland RISE hosted the all-day summit, Healing to RISE: Fostering Connections to Support Individuals, Families and Communities Impacted by Trauma.
Civic Leadership Academy
“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.”
Lead Violence Response Specialist, University of Chicago Medicine
Dwayne Johnson came to violence recovery work after losing his uncle to gun violence. He is now the lead specialist at UChicago Medicine’s Violence Recovery Program, the only hospital-based program of its kind in Chicago that serves both adults and children.