Where’s the Harm? 911, Emergency Response and Community Trauma
Thursday, July 1, 2021
911 is the gateway to ambulances and emergency medical care, fire and rescue, and police. For too many of us, 911 is a gateway to greater trauma, not resolution. And while policing is very much in the headlines, steering more calls to healthcare providers isn’t the answer. Communities harmed by policing are also harmed by institutional healthcare.
There are other ways to respond.
Dr. LJ Punch is a nationally known trauma surgeon working with community leaders to heal the trauma of violence and the systemic responses to those injuries. Dr. Punch is the founder of St. Louis’s BRIC (Bullet Related Injury Clinic) and The T community health education and resource center in St. Louis. Dr. Rebecca Neusteter is Executive Director of University of Chicago’s Health Lab and Director of Transform911, a national campaign to reshape the 911 system. Together, they pull back the curtain on a system that too often undermines the wellbeing of responders, telecommunicators and people facing emergencies to illuminate what a wellbeing-oriented emergency response system might look like.
Notes, downloads and resources:
- Read the transcript [English].
- Lea la transcripción [español]
- Download the slides from the presentation [English].
- Descarga las diapositivas de la presentación [español].
- Visit The T STL
- Visit University of Chicago Health Lab
- Read The Little Known, Racist History of the 911 Emergency Call System by Katrina Feldkamp and Rebecca Neusteter.
- Read 911 And Racism: When The Emergency Response Fuels The Emergency by Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative and founding co-author of the Wellbeing Blueprint.