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Taking A YouTurn To Deter Gang Violence

A new partnership is bringing YouTurn, a gang intervention group, to Nebraska Medical Center. The group will help defuse any potential violence or retaliation when victims of violence are brought to the Emergency Department.

Nebraska Medicine is proud to announce a brand-new partnership with local gang violence intervention program, YouTurn. YouTurn will provide “street outreach workers· which will be dispatched to the Nebraska Medical Center Emergency Department by the Omaha Police Department to intervene and mitigate potential acts of violence or retaliation when victims of violence become patients here. These YouTurn employees will work closely with family and friends who may gather on our campus.

YouTurn team members will take part in a debrief from Nebraska Medical Center colleagues on site to gain an understanding of the situation they’re being asked to help with.

“This partnership will be a valuable resource for our organization in dealing with gang violence; says Karen Saxton, Trauma Program director. “We don’t have the knowledge and expertise in this area, so if a situation arises in which YouTurn team members can help, we will be happy to have them here to diffuse potentially tense situations.”

Saxton says YouTurn has a good working relationship with the Omaha Police Department’s gang unit, and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer is excited about what YouTurn can do to reduce retaliatory gang violence in our city. YouTurn will also be responding to the emergency department at CHI Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy.