Programs


For more information on Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, please visit luriechildrens.org.

Chicago (Lurie Children's) Directors


Contact Info

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH - Med. Dir.
Gail Brodkey, LCSW - Project Coordinator
Amy Hill, MS - Executive Director

Mapping address: 225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611



Description

Achieving a healthier future for every child depends on more than providing the best health care. From bringing a newborn home from the hospital to soccer practice, child passenger safety is of the utmost importance. But with many different seating options, parents can be overwhelmed. Community education programs, like the Buckle Up Program, provide guidance and encourage behavior change to ensure our most precious cargo is riding safely. Many kids spend a lot of time in the car, so it is essential for families to learn how to keep them safe on the road.

2018 Buckle Up Program Facts and Figures * Partnered with 24 other agencies and organizations across 41 locations throughout Chicagoland to distribute over 1,200 car seats to low-income families • Taught 79 car seat workshops for caregivers and service providers (attended by over 1,000 adults) • Taught a Child Passenger Safety Certification Course resulting in 11 new Child Passenger Safety Technicians • Held 39 car seat inspection stations, 14 car seat check events and inspected 350 car seats • Hosted events for national safety observances including Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Bike to School Day in May, Seat Check Saturday in September and Walk to School Day in October

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Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago has a strong partnership with Chicago Youth Programs (CYP). The injury prevention focus of the Coalition complemented CYP’s well-developed programming aimed at providing safe social environments for at-risk youth. CYP and IFCK-Chicago have collaborated on a number of programs including Children Teaching Children, KidStART, Early Exposures, and a weekly health clinic at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Children Teaching Children - In 1990, CYP developed Children Teaching Children (CTC), a peer mentoring program in which older children teach younger children about various health issues. Utilizing peer leadership techniques, teens develop lessons on topics of concern in their communities to create lessons focusing on violence prevention, sound nutritional choices, positive self-esteem, and the cascade of problems brought on by drug abuse or sales. Lessons are taught in game format to younger community members during their Saturday programs as well as through one-on-one discussions at CYP’s health clinic.

CTC was evaluated as a means of violence prevention. Changes in attitude, behavior, and injury rates for the younger children were compared to changes in other neighborhood children who were matched to the cases on age, sex, and census tract. Children who received CTC lessons showed a decrease in their attitudes that support violence and no change in aggressive behavior. In contrast, the control children demonstrated an increase in both attitudes that support violence and an increase in aggressive behavior.

Weekly Health Clinic at Lurie Children's Hospital - The clinic provides comprehensive care to CYP's youth, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Services include physicals, sick care, immunizations, well care, gynecological exams, eye and ear testing, social work, and emergency care. The clinic offers door-to-door van transportation and welcomes both walk-ins and appointments.

Contact Information

Amy Hill
alhill@luriechildrens.org
312-227-6692



Description

In an effort to address the number one cause of hospitalization and death to children, the Play It Safe with Kohl's program at Lurie Children's Hospital has developed the Safe at Home program. The primary objective of the Safe at Home initiative is to prevent in-home injuries to children under age four. As part of this initiative we distribute a home safety bag. The bags contains numerous home safety devices such as small parts testers, cabinet latches, bath water thermometers and poison prevention information. Each bag also has a home safety checklist and information about positive parenting.

The bags are currently being distributed along with one-on-one education in several of the hospital’s clinics and the Urgent Care department. We also have bag distribution sites at a wide variety of community organizations and City agencies. Organizations interested in distributing bags must have their staff members attend a home safety webinar and take a short on-line home safety test. This year, we plan to distribute 3,000 bags. We also distributed targeted safety products such as furniture straps, CO/Smoke detectors and window stoppers with education.

In previous years, Injury Free partnered with the National SafeKids Campaign on a home safety program in low-income immigrant communities. IFCK-Chicago staff also worked with pregnant and parenting teens attending Chicago Public Schools in a specially designed “baby safety shower” program.

Contact Information

Amy Hill, MS
alhill@luriechildrens.org
312-227-6692



Description

The Play it Safe with Kohl's program at Lurie Children's has experience in community playground building and advocating for safe playgrounds citywide. We work to prevent playground injuries through education, and to build and improve playground structures to create a safer environment for kids to play. To date, we have built or re-furbished 19 playgrounds at Head Start programs, public schools, public parks, and clinics.

In 2017, we built our 20th community built playground at Catholic Charities Chicago Lawn Head Start facility.

In 2005, we partnered with Friends of the Parks, a local park advocacy group, to survey all 450 of the Chicago Park District's playgrounds. Each summer from 2005 - 2012, we have re-visited the playgrounds to complete another safety evaluation. The Chicago Park District used our safety evaluation data, as one of the criteria for replacing playgrounds through their "Chicago Plays" initiative. In summer, 2015, we evaluated all the newly built "Chicago Plays" playgrounds in the city.

Take a look at this video to see some "before and after" photos of our playground projects.

Contact Information

Amy Hill
alhill@luriechildrens.org
312-227-6692



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The Stop the Falls campaign promotes window falls prevention through a variety of media campaigns which include signage on the city's trains and buses and local billboards. We also track window falls in the Chicago region through a network of trauma hospitals. In 2017, there were 17 reported window falls - several resulting serious injuries. Tragically, one resulted in death. In 2018, there were 10 window falls.

In addition to the media campaign, we distribute the “super stopper”, an easy to install window guard device to community groups and parents.

Contact Information

Amy Hill
alhill@luriechildrens.org
312-227-6692



Description

Strengthening Chicago's Youth's (SCY) mission is to build capacity among stakeholders to connect, collaborate and mobilize around a public health approach to violence prevention—adopting consistent messaging about the preventability of violence, promoting use of evidence-based violence prevention strategies and fostering multi-sector collaboration—encouraging partnerships that strengthen existing efforts and benefit the children of Chicago. For more information, visit www.scy-chicago.org

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www.illinoispoisoncenter.org

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago has been a part of the Illinois Poison Center’s Urban Pediatric Satellite Education Network since September, 2003. Under this program, IFCK staff has trained more than 100 Volunteer Poison Educators. These educators represent a diverse group of people from many different communities and professional backgrounds. They spread the poison prevention message at parenting classes, child passenger safety events, health fairs, and at well child visits with pediatricians. In 2016, with funding from a grant from Safe Kids Worldwide and McNeil Healthcare, we are also working to educate parents and healthcare professionals about medication safety.

Contact Information

Amy Hill
312-227-6692
alhill@luriechildrens.org



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Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

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Job Title:
Medical Director

Biography:
Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Injury Prevention and Research Center and the violence prevention collaborative, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY). Dr. Sheehan serves as the Associate Chair of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics and is also the Interim Co-Director of the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program. She is a founding volunteer of the Chicago Youth Programs, a community-based organization that works to improve the health and life opportunities of at risk youth. She divides her clinical time between directing the Chicago Youth Programs’ Clinic at Lurie Children’s and attending in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

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Email Address:
ksheehan@luriechildrens.org

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Karen Sheehan, MD
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave., #62
Chicago, IL. 60611


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

Karen Sheehan is available to travel to speak to your group in person.

Areas of expertise:
Evaluation of Community Based Programs
Window falls prevention

Michelle Macy, MD, MS

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Job Title:
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Biography:
Michelle L. Macy, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She received her MD from the University of Michigan where completed her residency and dual fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Health Services Research with a Masters in Health and Healthcare Research. To date, Dr. Macy’s research has focused on child passenger safety. She applies her health services research training to the development and evaluation of novel strategies for effective unintentional injury prevention more broadly.

Contact Information

Email Address:
mmacy@luriechildrens.org

Phone Number:
312-227-676

Mailing Address:
225 E Chicago, Box 62
Chicago, IL 60611


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Michelle Macy, MD, MS is available to answer your group's questions via telephone or e-mail.

Michelle Macy, MD, MS is available to travel to speak to your group in person.

Amy L. Hill, MS

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Job Title:
Project Manager

Biography:
Amy Hill is project manager for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining the staff at Lurie Children's thirteen years ago, Ms. Hill was a staff member and volunteer at several Chicago-area nonprofit organizations including Chicago Cares, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights/Neon Street Programs and Literacy Chicago. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of Chicago Youth Programs, an organization dedicated to improving the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth in three Chicago communities. Ms. Hill has experience in nonprofit finance and administration, fundraising and program management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Public Administration from DePaul University. She is currently a member of the Illinois Child Passenger Safety and Emergency Medical Services for Children Boards.

Contact Information

Email Address:
alhill@luriechildrens.org

Phone Number:
312-227-6692

Mailing Address:
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicaog
225 E. Chicago Ave, #157
Chicago, IL 60611


Elizabeth Powell, MD, MPH

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Job Title:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Biography:
Elizabeth Powell is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Powell attended college and medical school at Indiana University, and completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Illinois. She is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her research interests are focused on injuries and injury epidemiology.

Contact Information

Email Address:
epowell@northwestern.edu

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Mailing Address:
Elizabeth Powell, MD
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave., Box 62
Chicago, IL 60611


Speaking Availability

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

Areas of expertise:
Motor Vehicle Safety
Pedestrian Safety
Firearm Injury Prevention
Playground Safety
Playground Safety
Home Safety
Bicycle Safety

Gail Brodkey, LCSW

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Job Title:
Program Coordinator and Community Liaison

Biography:
Gail Brodkey is a licensed clinical social worker and coordinator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago at Lurie Children’s Hospital. In addition to being apart of the IFCK Chicago team, Gail works as a Protective Service Team social worker and Child Life person in the Emergency room at Lurie Children's Hospital. Gail is also apart of Chicago Youth Programs where she is the social worker for the Cabrini Green Health Care Clinic. Prior to becoming part of Childrens Memorial Hospital Social work team 4years ago, Gail worked as a pediatric and an adult social worker for a community hospital in Chicago. During Gail’s 4 years at the community hospital, she worked extensively with Hospice Care patients. Gail has developed expertise and skills in the areas of child abuse/neglect, crisis intervention, and counseling. Gail received her Masters in Social work from Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work in 1996. She also has a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree from Bradley University in Peoria Illinois. Gail is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, thus has no choice but to love college football.

Contact Information

Email Address:
gbrodkey@luriechildrens.org

Phone Number:
312-227-6695

Mailing Address:
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave, #157
Chicago, IL 60611


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