As a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Chicago, I have had the sad responsibility to care for children and adolescents who have been shot. It is heartbreaking to come to work and see a slew of news trucks outside our hospital reporting on the latest child who has been shot. As an injury prevention specialist, it is unacceptable. If we begin to treat violence as a health equity issue and truly come together to address the root causes, we can reverse this pattern and secure a safer tomorrow for our children.

What can I do?  

Many of us at Lurie Children’s have heard this question the past week—in our hallways, commuting to and from work and at our kitchen tables. The murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee and the release of the video of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald have led to a new sense of urgency for Chicagoans. We know how you feel. Anxious. Uneasy. Eager for change. But what can we do?

The short answer: it’s time for each of us to roll up our sleeves.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA visited Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to attend a meeting hosted by Health & Disability Advocates. The primary topic of the meeting was community-centered collaborative approaches to violence prevention. SCY will continue to raise national awareness of the great violence prevention work being done in Chicago during the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (Oct. 31-Nov. 4). If you plan to attend and want SCY to share information about your work with national partners, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SCY Director. 

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The goal of Strengthening Chicago’s Youth’s bimonthly newsletter is to help organizations within the SCY network build capacity and increase knowledge. SCY promotes events and resources led or sponsored by community partners, academic institutions, or government agencies that support youth violence prevention or reduction:

  • trainings and professional development opportutnies
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If an event or resource relates to SCY’s Focus Areas or SCY’s Policy Agenda we want to share it! SCY promotes state-wide, city-wide, and national events and updates. Neighborhood-specific events and news are approached on a case-by-case basis dependant on available space. The SCY newsletter is distributed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

If you have an event or resource you would like to include, please contact Kelli Day (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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