Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., and Larry Bucshon, M.D., R-Ind., recently introduced the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act of 2022, legislation that would extend to health care workers federal protections against workplace violence, similar to those afforded to aircraft and airport employees. There have been numerous studies that have shown an increase in physical violence and verbal abuse against healthcare workers that are outlined in the American Hospital Association’s fact sheet. New Hampshire’s hospitals and health care providers are, unfortunately, not immune to dealing with violent and intimidating behavior and we truly believe that our health care workers should have safe environments to work in to deliver care. NHHA is actively working with both Congresswoman Kuster and Congressman Pappas on this important legislation.
The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative (HAV) shares examples and best practices with the field, with a particular emphasis on youth violence prevention, workplace violence prevention and combatting human trafficking. Explore this page to learn more about effective prevention strategies and program development on national, state and local levels to help end violence in our communities and to help hospital employees cope with the impact of violence, whether at home, on the job or in their neighborhoods.