I’m Lauren Gilchrist, senior director of the Collective for Community Health at Children’s Minnesota. The Collective’s mission is to improve the health of children and families – both inside and outside of our hospitals and clinics – through advocacy and by working with community partners.
Community members told us one of their top health priorities right now is community safety, which led us to partner with Next Step, a hospital-based violence intervention program that connects survivors of violent injury to resources and support. We started working with Next Step in early 2023. Below, Next Step Director Kentral Galloway and Children’s Minnesota Social Worker Kati Kiely discuss how the program works and the difference it makes in the lives of young people and their families.