According to the Wyandotte County Health Department, homicide is the number one cause of death for people ages 15 to 44 in Wyandotte. The county sees more violence in general, and among its youth, than neighboring counties across Kansas.
ThrYve, an organization that provides a network of services to prevent youth violence in KCK, says 28% of kids don’t feel safe where they live. About the same percent of kids report fights in their neighborhoods.
In addition to ThrYve and other groups working to change these unfortunate statistics, the University of Kansas Health System is stepping in as well.
In 2020, the hospital launched Revive, a violence intervention program for young people aged 12 – 24.
A social worker based out of the AdHoc Group Against Crime, called a hospital responder, will get an alert when a young person comes into the ICU with traumatic injuries.
The responder will go straight to the patient’s bedside to figure out a plan moving forward.