'Next Step' violence prevention program working, Minneapolis officials say


January 18, 2023

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, flanked by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, spoke at a news conference regarding the Next Step program Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. 

More than 900 people have been served by a Minneapolis violence-prevention program that works to halt the cycle of violence since the effort started in 2016.

Mayor Jacob Frey, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and others praised the Next Step program, which connects victims of violent crimes while they're still hospitalized with services for finding housing, job opportunities and more.

It was first offered at HCMC before expanding to North Memorial in 2018 and Abbott Northwestern in 2021. The program is a partnership between the city, Hennepin County and participating hospitals.



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