Today Marks the Third Annual “Hospitals Against Violence” National Day of Awareness
June 07, 2019
Today is “Hospitals Against Violence” (HAV) #HAVhope Friday, a national day of awareness, which utilizes digital media to bring attention to all forms of violence. Facilitated by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the #HAVhope initiative brings together the nation’s hospitals and health systems, along with their nurses, doctors, and clinical and nonclinical staff, to support initiatives to end violence in their workplaces and the communities they serve.
Violence is a major public health and safety issue. Hospital staff work with patients who are impacted by many types of violence, including:
- Physical assault
- Harassment and emotional abuse
- Domestic violence
- Sexual violence
- Gun and knife attacks
- Human trafficking
In treating these cases, hospital staff often put their personal safety at risk. As a tragic result, health care staff are increasingly becoming targets of violence within their hospital workplaces.
Pennsylvania’s hospitals are committed to providing a safe care environment for patients and families, as well as the staff who care for them, through addressing violence issues within and beyond their four walls. HAP is bolstering this mission through a variety of efforts, including:
- Advocating for state legislation to increase the penalty for any assault on a health care worker while he or she is performing a duty related to his or her job; and for legislation to remove the requirement in Pennsylvania law that hospitals include a health care staff’s last name on his or her badge
- Hosting forums for hospital staff and leadership to discuss their safety concerns with lawmakers
- Calling on state and federal policymakers to dedicate more resources for inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, and for research into violence prevention
- Providing additional education for member hospitals through a Workplace Violence and Safety workshop during the 2018 Patient Safety and Quality Symposium
HAP applauds the AHA’s efforts to raise awareness about this critical issue and will continue to partner with hospitals and health systems, lawmakers, and community organizations to address violence within and beyond a hospital’s four walls.
For more information, contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy; Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s vice president, federal legislative advocacy; or Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communications and public affairs.