COVID-19 Hitting Hardest in Chicago ZIP Codes Already Struggling with Deadly Threat of Gun Violence

An evidence marker next to daffodils at the scene where Sylvia Hardy’s grandson, 15, was shot and killed on South Kilbourn Avenue, April 8, 2020, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
An evidence marker next to daffodils at the scene where Sylvia Hardy’s grandson, 15, was shot and killed on South Kilbourn Avenue, April 8, 2020, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Dr. Garen Wintemute, an epidemiologist and emergency room physician who runs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis, said homicides by firearms among African American males is one of the most concentrated public health problems he is aware of.

That disturbing fact, however, points to solutions, Wintemute said, saying evidence-based policies and programs need to be considered.

“The risk is very tightly concentrated, which means we can focus immense resources on a small population and make an immense difference,” he said.

Via Chicago Tribune

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