AHE Gun Violence Prevention Grants Program: CHOP

topic area

Community Violence


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)


Since 2020, over 20% of CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) clients have entered the program due to firearm injuries, a substantial increase from prior years. Programs like this one — known as HVIPs — are embedded within healthcare institutions and provide individual, community-focused case management to support recovery. However, there is a pressing need to understand how socioecological factors influence injury risk and recovery and to enable evidence-informed service delivery and advocacy.

This research project aims to identify data reflecting neighborhood-level resources and examine their association with pediatric violent injury and recovery among young people and families who receive care from the CHOP VIP. A greater understanding of the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and resources and recovery after violence may help guide HVIP services and allow programs to anticipate client needs to tailor post-injury care based on neighborhood resources, which may in turn increase client engagement, acceptability, and satisfaction. 

project leads

Rachel K. Myers, PhD, MS

funding source

Accelerate Health Equity


The CHOP team has conducted their initial exploration of VIP client-level data and identified clusters of recovery needs. They are currently in the process of acquiring additional geocoded and needs-specific datasets to continue to build out their analysis. 

(One-year grant in progress. Anticipated end date: Fall 2024)