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Dr. Selwyn Rogers Interview with Strategies for Youth

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Published on Sep 10, 2012

Dr. Selwyn Rogers is the Chief Surgeon at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and previously the head of the Trauma Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Rogers is also on the board of Strategies for Youth, a non-profit that offers training for police in how to more effectively interact with youth to improve outcomes and reduce arrest rates. In this interview, Dr. Rogers talks about his experience as a trauma surgeon and how every day he is faced with the unpredictable and tragic nature of violence that disproportionately affects young men on color. He hopes that when police officers deal with victims of violence, they will try to see them as people with a story and understand the broader context of their family and community which is not only dealing with this incident but also with a slew of past incidents, past hurts, past pains. Dr. Rogers talks about the disconnect experienced by African American males because of society's biases, including his own. He describes the interventions he and his colleagues use with their patients and how they engage them at the level of who and what they aspire to be, encouraging them to make fundamental changes to be their best selves. This interview was conducted by Lisa Thurau of Strategies for Youth and filmed by Romana Vysatova at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. ©2012 Strategies for Youth.

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