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Programs Include Stop the Bleed Training, Child Safety and EMS Education
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2019) – After a rigorous review process, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has selected 20 pediatric trauma grant projects from communities across the U.S. to receive funding. The recipients are from 13 different states and the projects cover a range of pediatric trauma prevention and safety issues, including Stop the Bleed training; child passenger, recreation and sports safety; and emergency professional education.
“The Childress Institute is committed to funding education and safety programs that can improve care for children in communities across America,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “Child safety, EMS education, injury prevention, and pediatric trauma care programs are woefully underfunded, yet traumatic injury is the number one killer of kids in the U.S. Results from all of these well-deserving projects could have a collective impact that can save injured children.”
Below is a complete list of the grant recipients:
- Constance Deering from Los Angeles, for “Brain Health 4Kids”
- Jacob Hall from Madera, Calif., for “Stop the Bleed Training”
- Darcie Bentz from Denver, Colo., for “Pediatric Helmet Safety Campaign”
- Jamie Dugan from Vincennes, Ind., for “Stop the Bleed School Education in 11 Indiana & Illinois Counties”
- Laci Farmer from Hardinsburg, Ky., for “Child Passenger Safety Program”
- Stephanie Booza from Clinton Township, Mich., for “Stop the Bleed School Training Program for Macomb Co. Michigan”
- Michelle Goreth from Jackson, Miss., for “Heads Up Mississippi”
- Valerie Moody from Missoula, Mont., for “Improving Safety in Youth Sports in Montana”
- Lindsay Bailey from Chapel Hill, N.C., for “Helmets for Orange County Kids” and “Special Needs Car Seats for UNC Children’s Hospital”
- Kara Clarke from Concord, N.C., for “Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System”
- Grant Yarbrough from Wilkesboro, N.C., for “Preventing Heat Illness at Wilkes Central High School”
- Brandy Cardwell from Winston-Salem, N.C., “Eye In The Sky: Injury Spotter”
- Salvatore Puglisi, Jr. from Florida, N.Y., for “Teens Stop the Bleed”
- Laura Strickland from Conway, S.C., for “Motor Vehicle Safety Movement”
- Gyl Switzer from Austin, Texas, for “Safe Storage Saves Lives”
- Weston Davis from El Campo, Texas, for “Pediatric ALS Training Mannequin”
- Gloria Salazar from El Paso, Texas, for “El Paso Borderland Public Health ATV Campaign”
- Michael Stanford from Leavenworth, Wash., for “Stop The Bleed Kits at Summer Youth Camps and Schools”
- Deborah Armbruster from De Pere, Wis., for “Bleeding Control Kits”
In May 2019, the Childress Institute announced the availability of funds for community projects focused on improving safety and treatment for pediatric trauma patients. The Institute recently awarded Stop the Bleed grants to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, and Vidant Medical Center. In 2018, community grants were awarded to T.J. Bishop (Handtevy EMS education in Chelan, Washington), Kari Cheezum (Stop the Bleed in Salisbury, Maryland), Keito Ortiz (Stop the Bleed in Jamaica, New York), Splash Medics (water safety in Menifee, California), Team Safe Sports (sports safety in Dallas, Texas), UT Southwestern (head injury education for EMS in Dallas, Texas), and Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Brenner Children’s Hospital (child passenger and bike helmet safety for Winston-Salem, North Carolina).
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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. More than 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more.
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Pilot Program Yields Positive Results
America Walks is deeply troubled by the sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities over the last decade. Last year, 6,227 pedestrians were killed.
This was up from almost 6,000 in 2017 and the largest number since 1990. Seniors, people of color and low-income individuals are at greatest risk – over twice as likely to be killed. In 2018, we partnered with the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC HSRC) to launch the Safer Systems program. The program focused on creating the local and regional capacities to assess, plan, and prioritize effective and context-sensitive pedestrian safety countermeasures, and to increase a community’s sense of urgency for changing built environment decisions. Twelve communities participated in the year-long program, which consisted of a series of online learning modules and guided work on a pedestrian safety plan.
America Walks is excited about the work being done in these communities to improve safety for all vulnerable road users. Below is a sampling of their accomplishments to celebrate their success and inspire action in other communities across the US.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Town of Chapel Hill’s participation in the Safer Systems program was part of a larger effort to eliminate pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries. In the fall of 2018, the Chapel Hill team, led by the Transportation Division, convened a stakeholder group to provide policy, technical, and design recommendations that contribute to pedestrian safety
“The Road to Zero program and its safe systems approach gave us new ideas and new tools for assessing and treating pedestrian safety concerns in town.”
and mobility with the ultimate goal of having zero pedestrian traffic fatalities on Chapel Hill roads. The group includes representatives from a variety of agencies and organizations that work with different populations and provide diverse perspectives, such as the Orange County Department of Health, SafeKids, and the Orange County Coalition to End Homelessness.
Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, NC
They conducted public outreach at various events and used that data, as well as crash data, to inform their safety improvement and program and policy recommendations. All of their work culminated in the development of a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The plan will guide their work in improving pedestrian safety in the Town of Chapel Hill. The stakeholder group will continue to meet occasionally to share ideas and resources over the coming years.
When asked about their overall experience with the program, Bergen Watterson, Transportation Planning Manager at the Town of Chapel Hill and the Safer Systems team lead stated, “The Road to Zero program and its safe systems approach gave us new ideas and new tools for assessing and treating pedestrian safety concerns in town. The interagency task force and pedestrian safety action plan that we created as part of the program will be integral to continuing efforts to make Chapel Hill a place with zero pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries.”
The Flint team was headed by Crim Fitness Foundation. America Walks has had the pleasure of working with representatives from Crim Fitness Foundation before as Theresa Roach was a 2018 Walking College Fellow. They kicked off their work by convening a Traffic Taming Task Force, comprised of residents from several neighborhoods, to gather input concerning local traffic and safety of vulnerable road users. The Flint team also coordinated Walk to School Day events at four schools in October 2018 and used those opportunities to discuss walkability with parents and school staff.
“Our data collections show that a large number of people, about 25% are NOT conforming to the 25mph limit making all residents and visitors unsafe.”
After consulting with Department of Public Works, the Flint team purchased a speed radar sign to install on different residential streets on a rotating basis. The sign tracks traffic volume and speed and can be used for traffic calming, as well. They are collecting preand post-implementation data. Kate Cole, a resident
A Street in Flint, MI by Michigan Municipal League
of one of the neighborhoods where the sign has been placed describes how “at 2 p.m. in the afternoon you may find children, and adults walking or biking, feeling safe because they are in their own neighborhood. But our data collections show that a large number of people, about 25% are NOT conforming to the 25 mph limit making all residents and visitors unsafe.”
The sign will be held at each location for a total of twelve weeks before being moved to a different neighborhood. As of June 2019, they have had eight neighborhoods request to be added to the sign’s rotation schedule.
Through their Road to Zero work, the Traffic Taming Task Force was able to connect with new organizations and agencies. For example, the City of Flint Planning Department began inviting the group to their public forums concerning neighborhood planning projects.
Representatives from the Richmond City Health Department participated in the Safer Systems program. Sarah Shaughnessy, Community Health Planner, led their efforts and recently wrote a blog post for America Walks describing their work, both with the program and the City’s Vision Zero Initiative. Shaughnessy also adds that “participating the Road to Zero program encouraged me to think about how to develop the health department’s role in bike and pedestrian planning and gave me the opportunity to connect with and learn from others across the country who are doing the same.”
“Participating in the Road to Zero program…gave me the opportunity to connect with and learn from others across the country…”
Last fall the Richmond team attended a Walk to School Day event at one of Richmond’s Safe Routes to School program schools and worked with Fit4Kids, their partner organization, to pass out prizes to students who arrived by active transportation. The Richmond team’s safety plan involved building a database of crash data and transportation-related health and equity metrics for in-house data and policy analysis. They worked with an intern at a local university (VCU) to compile the database, which currently exists in excel and in ArcMap and is available for future analysis. They also created a set of maps to show bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular crashes in relation to a vulnerability index developed by the state department of health called the Health Opportunity Index. These maps will soon be published on their organization’s Culture of Health Website.
A Walking School Bus in Richmond, VA
Throughout the program, the Richmond team strengthened not only strengthened existing relationships but also built new partnerships with several organizations and agencies, including the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the City of Richmond Department of Public Works, which also employs the City’s Vision Zero Coordinator.
America Walks would like to thank the National Safety Council and Road to Zero Coalition for providing funding for the Safer Systems program.
Community profiles were co-written by Bergen Watterson, Transportation Planning Manager at the Town of Chapel Hill, Cade Surface, Program Coordinator at Crim Fitness Foundation, Kate Cole, Flint resident, and Sarah Shaughnessy, Community Health Planner at Richmond City Health Department. Many thanks to them for their time and effort.
Greetings to you all,
In service as Chair and on behalf of the State Trauma Advisory Committee’s (STAC) Injury Prevention Subcommittee, I am writing this letter to formally voice opposition to some recently filed legislation, Senate Bill 566 (SB566) and House Bill (HB615), short titled, the NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act. It is the wish of the injury prevention professionals from each of the 14 Trauma Centers represented in this committee that this legislation as proposed not be permitted to reach approval/become law in our state.
It is of great concern to our committee that passing such legislation will result in an increase of fireworks related injuries, deaths, and hospital costs across North Carolina. Our perspective is based on studies that show increased fireworks-related injuries in states that have loosened their restriction on fireworks laws. Since 2008, six additional states have legalized discharge of consumer grade fireworks and during that time serious injuries in those states increased by 75%.
In 2018, 191 North Carolina residents visited an emergency department due to a firework related injury, and during 2017 and 2018 the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center admitted 33 patients due to fireworks related injuries.. Eight of these patients were under the age of 16. The average hospital cost of burn patients at the NC Jaycee Burn Center during that time period was over $62,000 per patient, which means hospital costs for these 33 patients was an estimated $2 million total. The cost and frequency of fireworks related injuries in North Carolina is already too high, and if this bill were to be approved we can expect to see a significant increase in both. Although the proposed bill includes tax revenue language based on the sales of these “consumer fireworks”, those proposed monies simply do not equate to the real cost of hospital bills and the emotional cost for those who have lost someone or been injured in a fireworks related injury.
Please join the State Trauma Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention in opposition to SB 566 and HB 615. Reach out to your local legislators and voice your concerns.
STAC Injury Prevention Subcommittee Chair