Programs


A common thread that became apparent from the 'Injury Prevention: Los Angeles Commitment' work meeting, was the lack of any centralized place for everyone to get support, educational materials, and or contact numbers. After reviewing all the ideas from brainstorming that came from the group, a plan of action was developed and presented to all community stakeholders. Deliberations and communications are ongoing and the final project to roll out in Los Angeles County has yet to be defined. However, CHLA is stepping out as leaders to develop a Centralized Injury Prevention Web Site to extend the collaborative partnerships stemming from the day.

CHLA Centralized Injury Prevention Web Site Helen Arbogast MPH/CHES March 2008

Safety to and from School

Links: • LAUSD/other schools (data on unsavory characters, safe routes, safe zones) • Link to Peace Builders (early identification of vulnerable child, bullying, access to training for positive social skills and contract base program, gang related information, hot line numbers to call)

Distribution of Materials: • Public Awareness Announcements • Distribution of flyers out to parents • Class Education / peer teaching-train the trainer

Home Safety Links: Kid’s page: • U-tube videos, cyclic injury prevention messages, games, songs

Parent page: • Developmental information (different languages) • Culturally sensitive injury prevention information at 4th grade reading level (‘supervision is key’ focus) • List of Contact numbers to hot lines: (poison control, ED’s, police, urgent care centers, police, fire, EMS, county family centers, crisis intervention counseling, safe pre-schools, prenatal care, planned parenthood, alcohol and drug rehabs, shelters)

Stakeholder resource page: • Contact information for educational material • List of different organizations with contact people • Calendar of County events, health fairs, school events

Motor Vehicle and Bike Safety Links: • Current driving and bike laws • Parent/teen driving contracts • Information re: driving distractions for adults and teens (cell phones, chatting, texting, movies, application of makeup, unrestrained animals, seat belt and booster seat laws) • Health fairs for helmets • Car seat check points for installation dates • Drunk driving clips and consequences

Web Components • Sign in by zip codes • Survey re: feed-back from users on ease of use, getting the information needed, did they learn something new they didn’t know, and any suggestions, etc. Funding Issues • Grants: CDC, NTHSA, MCHB, NIH, CHP • Corporate: McDonalds, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Disney, Nickelodian, Pixar, Insurance Co., Matel, HomeNickelodeonrting Goods, Lowes, GrocMattelhains, Target, etc.. • Non prLowe's: California Endowment, Queen’s Care • Celebrities

Media Issues: • Spanish Channels 34 and 52 • Radio station 102.3 • TV spots – Public Service Announcements • Newspapers • Journal articles (eventually)

Los Angeles (Childrens Hospital) Directors


Contact Info

Helen Arbogast MPH, CHES
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Pediatric Surgery
Trauma Program
323-361-4697
harbogast@chla.usc.edu
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #100
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mapping address: 4650 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027



Description

In 1987, California State Senator Richard Alarcón’s three-year old son Richie was killed in a car crash in North Hollywood. Gaps in pediatric trauma resources continue to exist in funding, services and system infrastructure. Despite the efforts of health and safety in reducing deaths involving children, Richie’s story is an example of the work still needing to be done. As a result, California Senate Bill 1773 was created and passed. This bill generated funds for emergency medical services and pediatric trauma care which provided Childrens Hospital Los Angeles funds to develop an injury prevention project. In honor of Richie Alarcón, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles dedicated our child pedestrian safety project in his memory.

The long-term goal of LA Street Smarts: Richie’s Neighborhood is to decrease the incidence of child pedestrian trauma. The project’s main objective is to educate elementary school aged children about the hazards associated with walking near, in and around streets.

The main focus of the LA Street Smarts project is to offer pediatric and safety education throughout the County of Los Angeles, with an emphasis in the San Fernando Valley. The LA Street Smarts project developed at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles provides an interactive experience for children to learn pedestrian safety. A child that completes the LA Street Smarts set will learn how to: • cross the intersection at a stop-light • avoid rescuing a ball thrown into the street • how to signal a driver who is backing up • safely walk around motor vehicles For project information please visit: www.chlainjuryprevention.org or call 323-361-4697

Contact Information

For project information please visit: www.chlainjuryprevention.org or call 323-361-4697



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Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD

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Director of Trauma

Biography:
Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, CHLA Director of Trauma is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California and an Attending Pediatric Surgeon at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Upperman graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a master’s degree in Sociology. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1991 and completed his surgical residency at the same institution. He completed his fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh until 2006 where he was interim Director of Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2005. He was recruited to Chidrens Hospital Los Angeles in January 2006 and assumed Directorship of Trauma in 2007.

Dr. Upperman’s disaster and trauma research focuses on the organizational level preparedness of health care workers, intestinal inflammation, sepsis and pediatric trauma. His funding has included the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He publishes clinical work in the area of pediatric disaster preparedness, pediatric trauma and computerized physician order entry. He is currently the Director of the Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center.

Dr. Upperman has extensive community involvement by serving on committees in national Academic societies. He is a permanent member of the Pediatric Study Section at the National Institute of Child Health and Development. He serves his country as a US Army Reservist and he saw combat duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in a region outside of Bagdad, Iraq.

Contact Information

Email Address:
jupperman@chla.usc.edu

Phone Number:
323-361-7097

Mailing Address:
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Mailstop #100
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Helen Arbogast, MPH, CHES

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Job Title:
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Biography:
Helen Arbogast graduated from California State University Long Beach with a masters degree in public health (MPH, has Community Health Education Specialist Certification (CHES) and is currently pursuing her doctorate of public health at UCLA. Helen comes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention. Helen has more than 10 years of public health experience in the coordination of intervention programs, development of marketing materials, collection and analysis of data, development of education materials, curriculum and presentation development. Her passion to bridge providers, hospitals, local government and community stakeholders to build safer communities for children and families has led her to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles where she is building up our Injury Prevention Program under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey Upperman, Director of Trauma Program, Associate Professor of Surgery.

Contact Information

Email Address:
harbogast@chla.usc.edu

Phone Number:
323-361-4697

Mailing Address:
Mailstop #100
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles,CA 90027


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

Mary Taylor, CSTR

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Job Title:
Trauma Registrar

Biography:
Mary Taylor is the CHLA Trauma Program Registrar, responsible for maintaining the trauma registry database which provides for the collection, storage and reporting of information about trauma patients including the facts related to the patient's injury event, severity, care, and outcome. Obtaining, coding, and sorting this information for analysis and reporting individual and aggregate results are the expressed purposes of the trauma registry. Mary has been a CHLA employee for 42 years and has worked in the trauma program for 6 years. Mary’s role as the trauma registrar is critical in the tracking, monitoring and assessment of trauma patient care, service and epidemiology and overall support of CHLA’s trauma programmatic efforts.

Contact Information

Email Address:
mtaylor@chla.usc.edu

Phone Number:
323-361-4714

Mailing Address:
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Mailstop #100
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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