Medical researchers in Michigan are designing innovative programs to intervene in cycles of violence.

Violence is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and it takes an alarming toll on young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that homicide is the third most common cause of death for Americans aged 44 and younger. The journal JAMA Pediatrics states that homicide is the leading cause of death for children in the United States, and the overall rate has increased by an average of 4.3% each year for nearly a decade. From 1999 to 2020, nearly 40,000 US children died by homicide.

Another disturbing JAMA conclusion is that “Black boys were killed more than any other group, and firearms were the most common weapon used in children’s deaths.”

Dr. Patrick Carter speaks with Rapid Growth about youth violence prevention