Next Friday, June 2, is #HAVhope Friday: a national day of awareness through the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Hospitals Against Violence campaign. WSHA will join the AHA, other state hospital associations and hospitals across the country in highlighting how America’s hospitals and health systems combat violence in their workplaces and communities.
This year marks the seventh-annual Hospitals Against Violence #HAVhope Friday, as organizations nationwide continue working toward partnerships, innovations and creative thinking to foster peace and make safer environments for workers and patients. The AHA has a toolkit of resources, including social media content and graphics, that make it easy for your hospital or health system to participate.
Violence continues to be a top concern to our health care system. In the last two years, 44% of nurses across the country reported being victims of physical violence and 68% reported verbal abuse. The AHA is advocating for the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act in Congress, which is a bipartisan effort offering additional legal protections to health care professionals if they are victims of violence, similar to the protections given to aircraft of airport professionals, allowing for criminal prosecution when violence occurs.
In addition to violence within health care settings, the Hospitals Against Violence campaign also seeks to draw awareness to and address human trafficking, gun violence and incidents of mass violence. Using the framework “Building a Safe Workplace and Community” promotes the four pillars necessary for implementing a violence mitigation strategy: trauma support, culture of safety, violence intervention and risk mitigation. It asks for hospital leadership to push for greater data collection, collective accountability, and ongoing education and training. Learn more about the campaign from AHA.
We hope you will join us in recognizing #HAVhope Friday next week!
WSHA Communications Director