Guns Down, Life Up


Guns Down, Life Up (GDLU) is the banner under which NYC Health + Hospitals' response to violence in our communities is organized. 

All GDLU programs consist of two components: an alternatives-providing, social empowerment component and a hospital-based interruption component that uses the Cure Violence model. Staffing for NYC Health + Hospitals programs includes physicians, social workers, program administrators, and other committed champions. The Cure Violence programs, which work collaboratively with NYC Health + Hospitals personnel, include “credible messengers,” known neighborhood residents whose role involves keeping the peace and defusing the possibility of retaliatory violence. There are established GDLU programs based at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County; a third program is newly under way at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. 

When funding, staffing, and NGO partnership arrangements permit, additional NYC Health + Hospitals facilities will launch similar GDLU programs, each incorporating both a social empowerment component and a violence interruption component. Later this year, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln’s GDLU program will begin, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue are poised to join the GDLU movement. 

Awareness for GDLU is raised through widespread dissemination of the popular GDLU t-shirt and hoodies (logo is above) with Mindset 4 Life, 6,000 of which have been distributed throughout New York City during the past three years, and through banners, flyers, and social media that deepen GDLU presence at community events, rallies, marches, vigils, concerts, picnics, and parades across the city.

GDLU at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

GDLU at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Global Ambassador Visits NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Global Ambassador Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean paid a visit to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County to meet with the facility’s leadership, physicians, patients, and other staff members and learn about the hospital’s service offerings.


The Fund for NYC Health + Hospitals' Music & Memory Program

The Fund For NYC Health + Hospitals supports a variety of programs to expand the use of the arts in healing. Music & Memory brings personalized, digitized music to patients or residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive loss.


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