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Gang Violence Creates A Homegrown PTSD Epidemic

From HuffPost Live...

There's an epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in America, and it has nothing to do with fighting abroad. Due to gang violence, teenagers in urban war zones are the newest victims of PTSD and its lasting effects on their development.

Originally aired on Monday, July 7, 2014


Bryant Marks Ph.D  (Atlanta , GA) Executive Director, The Morehouse Research Institute

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston  (Chicago, IL) Illinois Chairman, National Action Network

Jeff Duncan-Andrade  (Maui, HI) Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University; High School Teacher in Oakland



John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H. – Effective System Responses to Urban Violence and Trauma

A physician, a specialist in inner-city young men's health issues, and a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, John Rich is Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University's School of Public Health. In this interview, Rich explains the importance of delivering primary health care services to young urban men, a group that is also at risk for violence. John Rich speaks about the psychological trauma suffered by men who have suffered violence and explains that these survivors need to understand that their "twitchiness," flashbacks, and other reactions are normal reactions. Physicians, says John Rich, need to mobilize more empathy for these at-risk men. He also speaks of how he made the shift from private practice to community health.

Dr. John A. Rich & The Drexel Interview

Parts 1 and 2, each approximately 15 minutes




John Rich: What Fuels the Cycle of Urban Violence?

This is a short and distilled synopsis of John Rich's analysis of urban violence.  The video clip is a little less than 6 minutes...