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New tactic in hospital fight against violence

Trying to figure out why two people, raised under similar circumstances, end up in vastly different situations — one getting shot, say, and one not — is a goal of a new collaboration involving two Omaha academic health centers and a community group. The effort enlists Creighton University Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Impact One, a gang-intervention group that also works to find jobs for hundreds of at-risk youths. It will add a research component to the work Impact One crews have been doing in the emergency rooms at Creighton and the Nebraska Medical Center, the city's two trauma centers. Impact One "violence interrupters" head for the hospital as soon as they hear about a major shooting, which often is before the emergency room staff knows what's coming.
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