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About Us

In November of 2007, the Thomas Scattergood Foundation
awarded Drexel University’s School of Public Health with a five-year grant to establish the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.

Leading the Center's team is John A. Rich, MD, MPH, Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health and a 2006 MacArthur Foundation grant recipient. Co-directing the Center are Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine and Sandra Bloom, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health.
(photo, left to right: John Rich, Ted Corbin, Sandra Bloom)






Team bios - Meet the individuals who comprise the Center

Fellows of the Center

Our Mission:

To promote health, nonviolence and social justice through trauma-informed practice, research, professional development, and advocacy for policy change.

Guiding Principles:

  • Trauma causes significant harm to the mind and body.
  • Individuals who have experienced trauma are injured and in need of healing.
  • Public health and related systems can help create a nonviolent and socially justsociety through trauma-informed policies and practices.
  • Nonviolence is a powerful philosophy and strategy for social change that rejects all forms of violence.
  • Social justice embodies the vision of a society that is equitable and in which all members are physically and psychologically safe.
  • While the value of our work is universal, we are focused on helping individuals and communities in the City of Philadelphia.

Our Work:

The work of the Center is focused in four major areas: