Through the Lens of Trauma: Approach to Stress, Violence and Adversity

  • June 11, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual Presentation through BlueJeans at
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  • We will provide instructions on obtaining CME credit for attendance.

This talk will describe a hospital-based violence intervention program, Healing Hurt People, and the theory of practice behind it.  It will also describe the novel research method, coincidence analysis, used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.  Preliminary findings of the quantitative piece of the study will be shared.  This talk will also connect the social determinants of health to the work of the program.  Though violence has long since been a issue that appears in emergency departments and operating rooms, the recognition of the role that health care providers have in mitigating the issue has been questioned.  Here we will describe the role and need for health care providers in this challenging issue which is the leading cause death for Black and Brown men between the ages of 10 and 44.

Meet the Speaker

Theodore J. Corbin, MD, MPP

Theodore (Ted) J. Corbin, MD, MPP is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He also serves as the co-Founder and Medical Director of “Healing Hurt People,” an emergency department based, trauma-informed intervention for victims of intentional injury. Dr. Corbin also co-Directs of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University School of Public Health, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy. More recently, Dr. Corbin has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Community and External Affairs for the College of Medicine.

Dr. Corbin’s research focuses broadly on addressing the trauma in the lives of victims of violence, especially boys and men of color for whom violence is a leading cause of disability and death. He has received funding from the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Annie E. Casey Foundation to explore the impact of PTSD on violently injured youth and young adults, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention that he developed Healing Hurt People. He is also the principal investigator on a Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime grant to develop and test a community health worker peer training institute, designed to enhance and diversity the health care workforce. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Corbin has received in excess of $9 million in funding for his translational work as a principal investigator.

Dr. Corbin received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lincoln University and his M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine. He earned his Master of Public Policy from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Howard University Hospital. Dr. Corbin is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Corbin has received a number of honors including a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation and a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship to support his career development in serving the needs of vulnerable children and youth. He was also selected as one of Philadelphia’s 40 under 40 Leaders in 2006. Dr. Corbin provided expert testimony to the Defending Childhood Task Force, charged by Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General to speak on his work in addressing adversity and violence in urban youth. Dr. Corbin has also provided practice-based evidence to the National Academy of Medicine on public health approaches to violence intervention.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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