Essay The United States ' Gun Violence

1013 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
In the United States, gun violence is a substantial public health problem which disproportionately affects youth and minorities, particularly in disadvantaged urban areas. Numerous interventions from a large array of disciplines, have attempted to decrease youth violence. However, many of these interventions have been proven to be ineffective, which has led to the implementation of outreach workers, who engage high risk youth through the use of mentoring, referrals to social and health services, and direct meditation of gang and individual disputes. The most well-known and credited example of specialized outreach is the CeaseFire program. CeaseFire is a multi-faceted, public health based violence prevention initiative, with specialized street outreach at its core.
In the last three decades, violence has become widely recognized as a public health issue in the United States. In 2001, the U.S. Public Health Service released “Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General”. This report was the first Surgeon General 's report on youth violence in the United States and it extensively summarizes the impact of youth violence, discrepancies, and prevention methods (NCBI, 2001). After the release of this report, the nation 's attention was focused on reducing interpersonal violence in communities, especially gun violence among youth. The focus on violence in the Healthy People Report, led to the increased efforts in understanding and preventing community violence. However, the…

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