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BROOKDALE HOSPITAL HOSTS YOUTH OUTREACH INITIATIVE TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN SOUTHEAST BROOKLYN

By PiaFergus
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Aug 11th, 2016
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Brookdale treats approximately 225 gunshot victims each year

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center will host a youth program in collaboration with Youth Fighting Oppression aimed to reduce gun violence and its negative effects on the community. The program, entitled It Starts Here, seeks to engage at-risk youth of middle school and high school age with a visit to Brookdale Hospital, where they will hear from survivors and victims talking about the gun violence epidemic. Youth will also take a visit to the hospital morgue for a reality check on the real life consequences of firearm use. The program will take place on Thursday, August 11, at 12:30 PM at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Kahn Auditorium, 555 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn. Brookdale treats approximately 225 gunshot victims each year, with a new victim entering their Emergency Room more than every other day.

WHAT: Brookdale Hospital hosts It Starts Here to reduce gun violence and its negative effects in southeast Brooklyn

WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2016

12:30 PM – Media Check-in at Kahn Auditorium

WHERE: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Kahn Auditorium
555 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn 11212

WHO: Approximately 50 students from area volunteer groups:
· Brookdale Volunteer Department Summer Youth
· Brooklyn Youth Sports Club
· Dean’s Kids/Conrad McCrae Basketball

Itinerary includes:
· Visit to the morgue, to see the real life consequences of gun violence within the community
· Marlon Peterson: Social and criminal justice advocate, and gun violence survivor, who spent 10 years in New York State prisons.
· Dr. Patricia O’Neill: Acting Chair of Surgery and Trauma Medical Director at Brookdale Hospital, she will share with the students the real life, action steps she takes every other day to save a life from gun violence.

RSVP: Nicole Foss

nfoss@rubenstein.com

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