Local lawmakers came together Thursday to call for funding for a local youth program amid a surge in crime in the city as coronavirus cases reach record lows, as reported on Bronx 12.
Lawmakers gathered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi to support the hospital’s “Stand Up to Violence” program.
The program was created in 2014 in response to neighborhood shootings.
“With PAGNY clinicians like Dr. Romo leading the way we can tackle gun violence as the public health issue it is,” said Jorge Montalvo, Chief Operating Officer of the Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY), a nonprofit physician group that employs healthcare professionals in seven of New York City’s public hospitals. “This grant will allow the SUV’s violence interrupters focus their evidence-based, street outreach on the mental health issues that contribute to violence.”