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Emergency Department sees many forms of trauma especially involving the Black community. As medical professionals, we have to check our biases at the door when it comes to treating patients from different backgrounds. Not every black person who is a victim to community violence (i.e. gun violence) were directly involved in it or asked for it. There are many people who are victims were just playing in their front yard, sitting in their room, on their porch, buying some food at a store. Unfortunately, they were victims. We have to realize that it is our chance to see a trend of how traumatic events directly AND indirectly affect people. We have to be aware of how the environment plays a role in causing trauma. Community violence is one of the most common factors for an individual to experience trauma. Medical and mental health professionals, we have to check our racial biases at the door before treating patients.

Emergency Department sees many forms of trauma especially involving the Black community. As medical professionals, we have to check our biases at the door when it comes to treating patients from different backgrounds. Not every black person who is a victim to community violence (i.e. gun violence) were directly involved in it or asked for it. There are many people who are victims were just playing in their front yard, sitting in their room, on their porch, buying some food at a store. Unfortunately, they were victims. We have to realize that it is our chance to see a trend of how traumatic events directly AND indirectly affect people. We have to be aware of how the environment plays a role in causing trauma. Community violence is one of the most common factors for an individual to experience trauma. Medical and mental health professionals, we have to check our racial biases at the door before treating patients.

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Many high rate community violence neighborhoods has negatively impacted residence psychologically.

Many high rate community violence neighborhoods has negatively impacted residence psychologically.