Hospital: Texas Children's Hospital
Hospital URL: http://www.texaschildrens.org/injuryprevention
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Unintentional injury is the number one killer of children in the United States. When a child dies or is seriously injured the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don’t have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. The mission of Texas Children’s Center for Childhood Injury Prevention is to reduce unintentional injury to children through education, increased and proper usage of safety equipment, and the engagement of child advocates across greater Houston in injury prevention programs, trainings, and services. Our team is the primary resource for childhood injury prevention in southeast Texas and as the lead organization of Safe Kids Greater Houston, we engage community partners representing health care, social services, small businesses, and law enforcement in the development of educational tools and implementation of injury prevention programs. Our center implements programming focused on: Child Passenger Safety Bike and Pedestrian Safety Home Safety Safe Sleep Water Safety
Program Manager: Kristen Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPST-I
Mapping address: 6621 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77030
Several bicycle safety events are conducted each year, such as Bicycle Rodeos. Bicycle rodeos are fun, interactive obstacles courses set up to engage children in bicycle safety. These events begin with a discussion on how to select an appropriate bike and helmet, helmet fitting, and tire check. Helmets are fitted and provided to children who are in need of bicycle helmets. Through affiliations with CYCLE and the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, CCIP distributes approximately 3,000 helmets each year and educates thousands more.
The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention (CCIP) has 23 permanent Inspection Station sites throughout the Greater Houston area where monthly inspections are conducted by appointment. One site is fully operated by staff from the CCIP, while the other sites are operated by community partners with the support of the CCIP.
Additionally, one hour classes are held for families in need of a car seat that do not have the financial means to purchase them. After completing the class, families are given appointments at inspection stations, where they will receive a free car seat for their child. The children must be present and properly fitted for their seats.
Child Passenger Safety Technician certification classes are offered three times each year to train individuals who wish to become certified. The CCIP car seat experts mentor other technicians in improving their teaching and installation skills, obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEU) for recertification, and staying current on updates in the field of child passenger safety.
Finally, much of the Center for Childhood Injury Prevention's Child Passenger Safety program is supported by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). CCIP staff also partners with local and state law enforcement, EMS personnel and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention staffs and implements the Kohl’s Safe at Home Program. This is a year-round infant safe sleep awareness, home safety, and water safety education program. The program teaches parents how to childproof their homes and identify potential drowning hazards that may cause injury to their children, as well as teach parents of infants less than 1 year old how to reduce their child's risk for infant death by providing a safe sleep environment for their babies. Water safety, childproofing, and safe sleep classes for parents, including teens are provided year round. If families qualify due to a financial need, distribution of childproofing devices and portable crib systems are provided to low-income families in need of safe sleep environments for their infants, through referrals from community partners. The Kohl’s Safe at Home program distributes approximately 1,000 Pack N’ Play systems each year. The Kohl’s Safe at Home program also offers presentations on home safety, childproofing and safe sleep practices to community-based organizations, health care providers and licensed child care providers to reinforce prevention behaviors and best practices outside the home, through trusted messengers. Throughout the year, staff is engaged in participating in health fairs, community events, and media outreach in targeted neighborhoods with diverse populations. By providing parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools needed to reinforce safety practices in the home, many injuries and deaths to young children can be prevented.
The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention is a registered Cribs for Kids partner.
Additionally, a member of the CCIP staff serves as the President of the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance. The Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides educational materials and resources to families, healthcare providers, and communities to save lives. The Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance was started in September 2011 by a small group of advocates, all of which posses a passion for devising ways to assist in the prevention of the drowning of all of the citizens of Texas.
Water safety in the state of Texas continues to be a focus of the Center for Childhood Injury Prevention. Some funding is generously provided by Greater Houston Pool Management each year. This year’s funding supported Spanish water safety billboards, Public Service Announcements, and educational materials.
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