A study focusing on the impact of the Future Healers Program has been published in The American Surgeon, showcasing how the prevention program influences youth at risk for gun violence.
The study surveyed 92 children and 64 caregivers who were participating in the program at the time—52% responded to the questionnaire, leading to the results published in The American Surgeon.
Students in the UofL Student National Medical Association (SNMA) worked closely with UofL Health trauma surgeons and Christopher 2X Game Changers to create the Future Healers Program in 2020. The program helps Louisville youth who have been affected by violence to navigate the trauma, and inspires them to build a better future for themselves and their communities by introducing them to opportunities in the medical field. The partnership has brought more than 100 kids to the program, and its success has inspired Vanderbilt University Medical Center to replicate the initiative in 2023.
The study found that children and their caregivers with significant exposure to gun violence had a positive overall perception of the health care community, a compliment to the longtime goal of the Future Healers founders.
Louisville has seen a significant increase in gun violence within the last decade. The health care response from the UofL Hospital – J. David Richardson Trauma Center, paired with the Future Healer Program, aims to create hope for the kids in this community.