Word on The Street: ER Physician Shares Passion To End Homicide Among African-American Youth
Payback is a killer. The No. 1 cause of death among African-American men 15 to 34 is homicide. Dr. Rob Gore, an emergency medicine physician who grew up in the Brooklyn, NY, community where he works, saw that if he could treat his patients’ trauma, he could perhaps quell their impulse to seek retribution. Eight years ago, he founded KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), which works to empower youth and transform health care in marginalized populations.
Says Dr. Gore: “Given the state of emergency we are in with regards to human life and well being, it is important that we all become activists and change agents instead of assuming the problems affecting marginalized groups are going to fix themselves.”
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