Changing the Narrative for Neighborhoods Where Gun Violence Occurs

Three Rush University students are part of a new research effort aimed at studying Chicago neighborhoods with a higher incidence of gun violence and how people in those communities persevere and support one another.

Naomi Frisch, an occupational therapy student in the College of Health Sciences, as well as Abby Draper and Anna Shakeshaft are part of a group of 16 fellows with the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative.

Since last fall they have been working in neighborhoods including Englewood and Garfield Park, gathering data through surveys and interviews to map “bright spots” in these communities and highlight positive influences and support networks.They hope to help in changing the narrative about neighborhoods where gun violence occurs, while aiding the collaborative’s larger project of discovering its root causes in an effort to find solutions.

The research fellows’ project will wrap up in May, when they will share their findings with community members and leaders. But the work of the collaborative overall will continue moving forward, as it examines other aspects of gun violence.

The Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative was convened by Sinai Urban Health Institute, the research arm of Sinai Health System. Rush University Medical Center and the Center for Community Health Equity, a partnership of Rush and DePaul universities, are partnering institutions in the effort.

Read more about their work here.