At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (AIM) program at University of Colorado Hospital
We are part of a national effort called The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) that builds and connects violence intervention programs and promotes equity for victims of violence globally.
Overview of program
The At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring Program (AIM) at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital is a hospital-based violence intervention program that identifies patients at risk of repeat violent injury and links them with hospital and community-based resources aimed at addressing underlying risk factors for violence.
AIM is an expansion of the program at Denver Health which was founded in 2010. It utilizes best practices, trauma informed care, and a public health approach to care for survivors of violent injury. The program is run in partnership with the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP).
AIM utilizes culturally competent and highly trained outreach workers, coupled with public data and research, to interrupt the cycle of violence among youth and adults in the Denver metro area.
AIM uses a public health approach to provide equitable trauma-informed care to patients and families impacted by violence. It addresses violence as a health issue aiming to reduce upstream risk factors while enhancing protective factors.
Role of AIM outreach workers
- Intervene with patients and their families when admitted to the hospital after sustaining an intentional violent injury.
- Build trusting relationships through culturally sensitive trauma-informed care.
- Continue to follow patients and families long term to ensure they are connected with resources and support to aid in their healing and recovery process.
AIM outreach workers provide a range of services for patients and their families. These services include but are not limited to:
- Mental health services
- Substance abuse services
- Family support services
- Assistance with medical follow up
- Education and job training programs
- Life skills training (financial education, effective communication)
- Tattoo removal
- Financial assistance (victim’s compensation, food stamps, social security disability insurance)
- Legal support
- Recreational activities and support groups
All AIM services are free and confidential for the patient and their family.