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Arkansas Children's wants all children to be safe and healthy. Our injury prevention work is focused on providing gold-standard programming to reduce injury, death, and disability in Arkansas, so our children can grow up to be healthy adults. Our injury prevention programs, in partnership with schools, clinical providers, communities and others deliver on our promise of unprecedented child health through the delivery of prevention education and resources. From infancy to adulthood, we work to help children be better today, and healthier tomorrow where they live, learn, and play. Our programs include:

 


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ShaRhonda Love
Community Health and Safety Director
LoveS@archildrens.org

Mapping address: 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72202



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Mary E. Aitken, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator
501-364-2716

Hope Mullins
Research/Program Coordinator
501-364-4932



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S.T.O.P. (Safe Transportation of Patients), administered through the ACH Department of Community Outreach, addresses transportation needs of children with special health problems ranging from prematurity to complex medical and surgical problems. Program activities, based on guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, include policy development, staff training, and parent education. ACH recently added a car seat purchase program in the hospital’s gift shop. In addition to support from ACH, the program has benefited from support from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. A recently added program educates parents on CPS when they bring their children into the General Pediatric Clinic at ACH. Nurses and residents have been trained to screen for CPS needs and several nurses completed CPS technician certification in the past year. Resident physicians provide parents with a “CPS prescription” that can be filled at a monthly car seat check-up conducted just for GPC referrals. The project is completing its first six months with increasing success. A second hospital-based program is located within the neonatal unit of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Building on the experiences of ACH, Safe from the Start just completed its first year of training staff to become advocates and certified child safety technicians, policy revision and implementation, and resource development. The program now assesses all newborns for car seat safety and has a car seat purchase program through the department. Developing activities include prenatal CPS education through a clinic program. The program has benefited from support from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Highway Safety Office of the Arkansas State Police through the Child Passenger Safety Education program. Additional Funding from the Alltel Corporation has been instrumental in developing the program.

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Sharon Bilbrey
Coordinator, S.T.O.P Program
501-364-6439



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IFCK of Little Rock offers general education on prevention of home injuries, featuring the Allstate Safe at Home bags.

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Hope Mullins
Research/Program Coordinator
501-364-4932

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Heather Williamson
Associate Director of Education
501-364-5657



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Judy Weber, Ph.D, R.D
Principal Investigator
800 Marshal St. Slot 512-26
Little Rock, AR 72210
501-364-3382
WeberJudithL@uams.edu

Mary Aitken, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Principal Investigator
501-364-2716
AitkenMaryE@uams.edu

Kitty Szeto, M.S., R.D.
Program coordinator
501-364-6555
SzetoKittyL@uams.edu



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Sharhonda Love, MPH

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Community Health & Safety Director

Biography:
ShaRhonda Love, MPH, is the Director of Community Health and Safety for Arkansas Children's. She previously served as Director of Partnerships for Arkansas Children’s. Born and raised in Little Rock, she completed her undergraduate degree at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Community Health Agencies. She later obtained a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior Health Education from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. During her career, she acquired over 25 years of chronic disease, health behavior, health education, health disparities, health equity and minority health experience. ShaRhonda has held positions at the Arkansas Department of Health as the school health director and Arkansas Center for Health Improvement as a senior policy analyst. Before transitioning into her current role, she served as the seventh executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. She is published in areas of obesity, weight loss/maintenance, stress management, cognitive memory impairment, tobacco cessation and faith-based interventions. As Director of Community Health and Safety, ShaRhonda leads health promotion, injury prevention and engagement initiatives that positively affect children’s health in communities where they live, learn and play. This includes programming to prevent injury and death from distracted driving and motor vehicle accidents, nicotine and tobacco prevention youth coalitions, child abuse and injury prevention, recreational safety, and healthy relationships training.

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Email Address:
LoveS@archildrens.org

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(501) 364-4496

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Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Health
Arkansas Children's
1 Children’s Way, Slot 611
Little Rock, AR 72202



Laura B Taylor, MPH, CHES

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Director of Community Impact

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Laura Taylor, MPH, is the Director of Community Impact for Arkansas Children's. Laura is an Arkansas native with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Arkansas State University and a Master of Public Health in Rural and Global Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with experience in public health programming, community engagement, partnership development and grant management. For the past four years, she has led the Project Prevent team, which focuses on helping youths live tobacco and nicotine-free. Laura also serves as an adjunct instructor for Arkansas State University. In her role as Director of Community Impact, Laura leads health promotion, injury prevention and engagement initiatives which include the system Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Plans, food security efforts for children and families, School Nurse Academy, infant health programming, injury prevention, Infant and Child Death Review, and the Medical Legal Partnership, in addition to other efforts.

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Email Address:
TaylorLB@archildrens.org

Phone Number:
(501) 364-3388 direct

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Laura Taylor, MPH, CHES
Director of Community Impact
Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Health
Arkansas Children's
1 Children’s Way ? Slot 669 ? Little Rock, AR 72202




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