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POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING FOR TRAUMA PREVENTION INITIATIVE

POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING FOR TRAUMA PREVENTION INITIATIVE

Hospital awarded $150K grant as part of Los Angeles County’s $25 million investment in violence prevention

May 17, 2022 – Pomona, Calif. – Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has received a $150,000 grant to enable the hospital to provide 24/7 response for assault related recovery services for victims of violence. The funding was announced at a press conference held at the hospital by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and violence prevention partner, Southern California Crossroads.

The grant is part of the L.A. County Office of Violence Prevention’s Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI), launched in South Los Angeles in 2015 to reduce violence-related injuries and deaths. This year, the County Initiative has expanded its $25 million investment in violence prevention in community-driven public safety, including Street Outreach and Community Violence Intervention, Hospital Violence Intervention Programs, and Community Action for Peace Networks, to other communities across the County where there are increases in violence. Pomona is one of the latest areas of expansion.

The County Office of Violence Prevention contracts with Southern California Crossroads to implement hospital violence intervention programs and provide case management for victims of trauma who are treated at PVHMC. Both Crossroads and PVHMC will hire and train specialized personnel for the new program.

“This investment is helping our Trauma Center build meaningful partnerships with the community to support victims of violence,” said Dr. Michael Jimenez, Medical Director of the Trauma Program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. “We’re helping to build infrastructure for prevention and well-being in the City of Pomona.”

The expansion of TPI to Pomona and eight other communities across the county was made possible by a Board motion that identified $5 Million in one-time funding, set to end in December 2022, pending identification of ongoing funding. The County has also allocated $20 Million in American Rescue Plan funding to support community violence intervention, healing, and youth leadership programs across the county through the Office of Violence Prevention.