Avondale Resilience Advocates Host a Trauma-Informed “Stop the Bleed” Training

Cincinnati has seen a rise in teen shootings, with 17 in the first quarter of this year compared with three in the same period in 2022. With that in mind, Cincinnati Children’s teamed up with with the Greater Cincinnati Resilience Coalition’s Resilience Advocates and Joining Forces for Children to train area residents on how to “Stop the Bleed” from gunshot wounds during a neighborhood gathering in June.

The Greater Cincinnati Resilience Coalition – a collaboration between Avondale neighbors and the Joining Forces for Children coalition under the leadership of Bishop Ennis Tait, Matthew and Christen Jacobs, Richmond Williams, and Erin Saul – has expanded neighborhood efforts to engage youths in activities, mentoring, and employment after school. “The Greater Cincinnati Resilience Coalition believes equipping neighbors with lifesaving wound care training can increase the likelihood that gun-violence victims survive,” Saul said. “But surviving a shooting is not the end of such an ordeal. Gun violence has ripple effects on community cohesion, housing, and psychological safety – as well as the families of both victims and perpetrators. The coalition seeks to connect neighbors so they have a network of care and support when gun violence disrupts lives.”

Resilience Advocates from Avondale provided training on trauma-informed care including tools for emotional regulation during and after a traumatic event. Cincinnati Children’s staff shared techniques for gunshot wound care include techniques such as how to use hands, dressings and tourniquets to control bleeding. About two dozen neighbors joined the gathering along with community partners from the Hirsch Recreation Center, Avondale Branch Library, Avondale Development Corporation, local schools, and news media.

A special thank you to the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for providing 25 firearm lockboxes with “Store It Safe” information for residents to take home & LaSoupe for the free community dinner.

Click on the following links to see local media coverage of the event:

JFfC Statement on Racism


This week, our hurting nation witnesses and reacts to violence and the threat of violence perpetrated against Black people and other communities of color. Structural racism evidenced by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and others before them, compels Joining Forces for Children to commit to addressing issues of race, inequity and injustice in our region. It is with renewed urgency that we will advance strategies to improve the dialogue, collaboration and responsiveness needed to heal and support our communities, families and children.

We recognize that systems of racism are an Adverse Community Environment and a root cause of unhealthy child development and adult health outcomes. This public health crisis has been called out by our colleagues at the Center for Community Resilience who illustrate the connection between Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and Adverse Community Environments (ACEs) using “The Pair of ACEs Tree”. Coming together across the community, we need courage and imagination to dismantle systems of racism so that the future looks different from our past. Only then can we hope to impact this public health crisis.