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The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford (Injury Free Hartford) serves the residents of Hartford and the Greater Hartford region. Injury Free Hartford is part of a national effort at Level I Trauma facilities to prevent and reduce intentional and unintentional injuries to children. Injury Free Hartford serves the community by providing safety and injury prevention information and activities in the following areas: pedestrian safety, bike helmet use, booster and car seats, home safety, fire safety, fall prevention, and child discipline techniques.

Our goal is to decrease childhood injury by altering the manner in which residents in City of Hartford neighborhoods think about and approach child safety.

Injury Free Hartford is engaged in the following community safety education and programmatic activities:

Provide technical assistance to the Hartford Public Schools in implementing a Walking School Bus program. A walking school bus is a strategy to make kids safer walking to school. An adult volunteer is the "driver." The driver walks to the front door of each child who signs up for the program and the child joins the walking school bus. Groups can range from as few as three children to as many as ten or twelve.

Provide pedestrian safety education to Head Start programs throughout the city.

Increase the use of home smoke/CO detectors: House-fires are one of the several injuries that occur among young children in the residential setting. We propose a systematic intervention program to address the problem of absent or non-working smoke/CO detectors. Working with community youth groups in the South End and North End we will collaboratively design a youth-led smoke/CO detector promotion campaign. Partners in this project will include local fire stations. These youth-led projects will be managed and run by community agencies. Youth will be expected to conduct a pre-intervention survey, an intervention component, and a post-survey. This project could take place in a neighborhood, a city block, or even a single street.

Increase the use of stairway gates and window guards: Falls from a height are a major source of injury for young children. The use of 'gates' in bedroom doorways and/or at the top and bottom of stairs can prevent unattended children from sustaining injury due to a fall. A bedroom doorway gate has the added benefit of restricting a child's movement to a "safe" area during hours of sleep. Youth-led fire safety campaigns will include inquiries around children in the home and the use of gates and/or window guards.

Build Parents' Capacity for Praise in the Context of Child Discipline and Increase Feelings of Self-Worth: The IPC through its pilot were very interested in the use of "praise" as a tool in discipline. IFCK will use the American Academy of Pediatrics Connected Kids curriculum (bilingual) that has an emphasis on praise, offering this tool for use through its partnership with the Community Renewal Team Headstart/Daycare centers.

Continue to work with with our own Special Kids' Support Center to ensure that children with special needs and complex medical conditions are safe at home and in the community. For more information on the Special Kids' Support Center, click here.

Reduce the Risk to Teen Drivers of having a fatal accident: Working through the Allstate Foundation supported Connecticut Teen Driving Safety Partnership, we are providing safety education materials to pediatric and family practice doctor's offices throughout the state to increase the ability of doctors to effectively counsel teens and their parents on driving safety. Other partners include the Department of Motor Vehicles, Mourning Parents Act!, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians.

Hartford Directors


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Injury Free Hartford
Injury Prevention Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
phone: 860-545-9985
email: kborrup@ccmckids.org

Mapping address: 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106



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This year-long initiative will provide a package of teen driver safety materials to doctors across the state for use in counseling teens and their parents. The partnership includes The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians, Mourning Parents Act (!MPACT), the Department of Motor Vehicles, and The Allstate Foundation.

Click here to go to the partnership's dedicated webpage.

In Connecticut, there were 33 motor vehicle occupant fatalities among persons under twenty years of age between 2000 and 2004. The majority of these motor vehicle crashes (80%) involved adolescents fifteen to nineteen years old. Moreover, between 2002-2005, there were 132 motor vehicle occupant injury admissions to Connecticut hospitals and 27,085 emergency department visits for this age group. Although sixteen and seventeen year olds account for 2.5% of Connecticut’s driving population, they accounted for 12% of these crashes. This means that one in six licensed sixteen year olds and one in nine licensed seventeen-year-old Connecticut drivers will be involved in a motor vehicle crash this year. These data parallel national statistics and illustrate the hazards motor vehicles pose to teenage drivers.

Parents whose teenage children died in automobile accidents have joined with medical professionals and the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to enlist pediatricians and family physicians around the state in a unique accident-prevention education program for teenagers and their parents.

The goal is to prevent teen injuries and deaths by having their medical professionals engage in blunt conversations about state laws pertaining to teen drivers and the risks that teens often take when operating a motor vehicle.

"Our previous work has shown that pediatricians and family physicians can be influenced to change office practices and mobilized to become advocates in community education and policy changes. The Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Connecticut Academy of Family physicians have a successful history of promoting and influencing innovative office-based health care guidance for individuals and families," said Dr. Brendan Campbell, principal investigator for this project and part of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford at Connecticut's Children's Medical Center.

"The heartbreak of losing a child is almost unendurable," said Governor M. Jodi Rell. "Young drivers sometimes need to be reminded they are not indestructible. Doctors can be an effective aide to parents in persuading teens that there is little margin for error behind the wheel. A single careless or risky moment can have terrible - even tragic - results."

The Connecticut Teen Driving Safety Partnership coalition is comprised of the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians, Mourning Parents Act (!MPACT), the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, the state Department of Motor Vehicles, state Department of Public Health, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and the Allstate Foundation. Funding for the project comes from The Allstate Foundation.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens nationwide. Although 16- and 17-year olds made up 2.5 percent of Connecticut's driving population, they accounted for 12 percent of crashes between 2002 and 2005. Each year, nearly 6,000 teens are killed and more than 300,000 injured in crashes nationwide.In response to the statistics, the Allstate Foundation provided $50,000 to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford to develop, implement and evaluate a statewide campaign to increase physician involvement in the teen-driving issue.

In addition to providing health care practitioners with teen-driving safety messages to deliver in waiting rooms, during office visits and through in-home reminders, physicians will become more involved in community education and advocacy activities related to teen driving. Results from the pilot project will be shared on a national basis.

DMV Commissioner Robert M. Ward said, "We welcome this partnership and see it as another strong connection to getting our message about teen-driving safety to both parents and teens. I am excited about DMV having this opportunity to work with statewide caregivers who can deliver this important message."

"The Allstate Foundation believes teen driving is a public health crisis that has yet to find a high enough spot on the nation's public health agenda," said an Allstate spokesperson. "With the leadership of Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford and its respected partners, we believe the health care community can use its unique expertise and authority to help surround teens with safe driving messages and ultimately protect teens when they get in a car as a driver or passenger.

"Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin said, "Motor vehicle crashes are a major public health issue in Connecticut and across the country. The tragic consequences of motor vehicle fatalities involving young and inexperienced drivers and their passengers have devastating implications for their family, friends, and communities. Fortunately, virtually all automobile crashes are preventable. This partnership will help prevent them and protect our young drivers and the many victims of automobile fatalities."

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New Issue!

In the fifth and latest installment of Super Safe ComicsTM "The Power to Prevent and Detect Fires" you will see that fire prevention is serious business. Will Benny and his sister Emilia be able to detect the danger in time? This new 16-page comic book is endorsed by the Hartford Fire Department and is available for FREE to schools, libraries and community organizations in Connecticut. The comic book is suggested for children in Kindergarten thru 4th grade. Inquiries should be directed to 860-545-9988. Click on the cover image to the left to download the electronic PDF version.

Super Safe Comics is a series of safety adventure comic books featuring Captain Super SafeTM. Super Safe Comics are made available within Connecticut Children's Medical Center to patients and throughout Connecticut through our injury prevention and safety education activities.

This comic series is written by Kevin Borrup and illustrated by Scott DaRos. The current issue was colored by Scott DaRos and Alexis Deprey.

Publication of this comic was made possible through support from Kohl's Cares for Kids and the Kohl's TweenSafe program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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In support of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Special Kids Support Center, Injury Free Hartford provides safety supplies to families in need at no cost. Safety equipment needs vary for these families. Common safety devices, such as door knob covers, are used to address families' concerns when possible. When necessary specialized or uncommon safety devices are provided to these families.

How do I contact the Special Kids Support Center?

You can reach the Center by phone at: 860.545.9230 Toll Free at 1.877.743.5516 Fax 860.545.9201

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Kevin Borrup
Director, Injury Free Hartford
860-545-9984



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The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Connecticut Children's Medical Center won support through The Allstate Foundation's Little Hands playground program to build a new playground in Hartford. The chosen site, Willie Ware Community Center at 697 Windsor Street in Hartford, had an existing unsafe playground site with a history of injuries to children.

The project was completed in record time, receiving notice of award in February 2008, having a build date of 5/10/2008, and a dedication day planned for 5/17/2008.

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Kevin Borrup
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford
860-545-9984



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Brendan Campbell, MD, MPH

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Principal Investigator / Director of Pediatric Trauma at CT Children's Medical Center

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Brendan T. Campbell, MD, MPH is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Campbell has clinical expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and research interests in injury prevention and health services research in pediatric surgery. He completed his fellowship training in pediatric general and thoracic surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Trinity College and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Campbell was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan where he was an extracorporeal life support (ECMO) fellow and earned a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Campbell is an assistant professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Director of Pediatric Trauma at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

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Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington St.
Hartford, CT 06106


Steven Rogers, MD

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Co-PI Injury Free Hartford / Pediatric Emergency Department Attending Physician

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Dr. Rogers is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford, a community-based childhood injury prevention program. Dr. Rogers received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and was a pediatric resident at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, Dr. Rogers was a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at Primary Children’s Center in Utah.

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scrogers@ccmckids.org

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Kevin Borrup, JD MPA

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Director IFCK of Hartford

Biography:
Mr. Borrup joined CCMC in August 2004 as Director of the Violence Prevention program at the Injury Prevention Center and took over the Injury Free Coalition for Kids site in 2007. In 2008 he oversaw the successful community playground build at Willie Ware Center in Hartford and was part of a team that championed changes to Connecticut's teen driving laws. Mr. Borrup is a researcher and community programs specialist and has publications to his credit including topics such as Connecticut's violent death reporting system and on research concerning the issue of bullying and children with special needs. Mr. Borrup has over ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector on a range of issues, from consumer safety, community violence, and domestic violence to the protection of children from abuse and neglect. Most recently, he served as Director of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s (ICNL) Central Asia regional office in the Republic of Kazakhstan. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Borrup served as the Compliance Officer at the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA), a national accreditor of children and family service organizations, where he facilitated the review of reportable incidents from accredited agencies and aided in providing recommendations for corrective action or a change in accredited status. Mr. Borrup was a US Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania from 1998-2000 serving as a consultant to charitable organizations.

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kborrup@ccmckids.org

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Mr. Borrup is available to answer your group's questions via telephone or e-mail.

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH

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Director, Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center / Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics & Public Health, UConn School of Medicine

Biography:
Mr. Lapidus is physician assistant and provides care to sick and injured children in the Pediatric Emergency Department. He is a member of the faculty at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He is a national leader in injury prevention research, education and training, community outreach programs, and public policy. He is a published author in the field with over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and has given numerous presentations to local, national, and international audiences. He is past Chair of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association.

Mr. Lapidus has served as a member of the several grant scientific review panels. He is the instructor for the "Injury and Violence Prevention" course currently offered as part of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He also serves as a preceptor for medical and public health graduate students engaged in injury research and practicum projects.

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GLapidu@CCMCKIDS.org

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860-545-9988

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Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Injury Prevention Center
282 Washington St
Hartford, CT 06106


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