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Injury Free Coalition for Kids Austin, housed within the Trauma Service at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, is focused on preventing injury to children in Central Texas through three mechanisms: education, research and advocacy.

Education: Injury Prevention staff at Dell Children’s Medical Center provide a variety of educational offerings. In the hospital, one-on-one Injury Prevention Consultations are provided to admitted trauma patients as a standard part of thier care. These consultations provide access to age-appropriate information and prevention resources. The Safety Station, our on-site safety store, provides our patients and community with access to low-cost child safety devices, including car seats and bike helmets. In addition, courses training new child passenger safety technicians are offered on a periodic basis, and each year, we offer child safety seat seminars for medical residents.

Research: The Trauma Services Department of Dell Children’s Medical Center maintains a diverse research program. The program’s focus is on the epidemiologic, clinical, and behavioral study of childhood injury, injury prevention, and trauma clinical practice. Areas of interest include injury prevention, non-accidental trauma, and clinical pathways. Current studies include evaluating an injury prevention curriculum in an urban summer camp setting, describing caregiver risky alcohol use, and assessing the living environments and social factors that influence injury prevention behaviors and beliefs of teenage parents. An active collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas, School of Social Work was established to examine risky alcohol use in adolescents and caregivers of injured pediatric patients.

Advocacy: Injury Free Austin's activities also encompass advocacy efforts aimed at strengthening or creating safety legislation for residents of the State of Texas. Initiatives have included efforts to improve transportation legislation, and to secure funding and support for statewide injury-related data systems (specifically the state Trauma and Submersion Registries).

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Stewart Williams
Program Manager
512-324-0000 Ext. 86858

Mapping address: 4900 Mueller Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78723



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As a part of Dell Children’s Trauma Service, the Injury Prevention Team and other unique and diverse programs provide community outreach services and educational instruction across Central Texas.

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Karla Lawson, PhD
Program Coordinator
512-324-0189
kalawson@seton.org



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Since 2008, a major focus of Injury Free Austin has been to provide "Safe Baby University" to pregnant and parenting teenagers in our community. This program addresses prevention strategies for four leading causes of injury-related death for young children: unintentional suffocation, motor vehicle collisions, inflicted head injury and unintentional drowning.

Safe Baby University is a day-long event that includes teen-focused educational sessions, games and interactive activities, as well as provision of appropriate safety equipment for each of the four focus areas, including sleep sacks, child safety seats, home safety devices, and a resource binder.

The research arm of Safe Baby University is growing. In Year 1, we conducted focus groups with 93 pregnant and parenting teenagers, in order to inform the development of Safe Baby University. In Year 2, we pursued additional questions through a survey designed to evaluate the context in which child safey decisions are made and behaviors take place. In Year 3 we plan to conduct additional focus groups with the parents of the pregnant and parenting student participants. We hope to one day conduct a full-scale evaluation of the program, but in the meantime, are actively engaged in formative and impact evaluation.

Safe Baby University now serves more than 120 pregnant and parenting teenage students from 5 area high schools each year.

We are extremely grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for recognizing the importance of this initiative and supporting the development of Safe Baby University with a grant in 2007. The Alcoa Foundation has truly made a difference in teaching many young members of this community to keep their families safe.

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Karla Lawson, PhD
Program Coordinator
Office: 512-324-0189
Email: kalawson@seton.org



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Background: Injury is the leading cause of death for children and has been linked to caregiver drinking. Screening and brief intervention for risky drinking has been successful in adult trauma centers but has not been evaluated in caregivers of pediatric trauma patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate a pilot screening process for risky drinking caregivers, to determine rates of risky alcohol use, and to assess potential relationships between risky drinking and child safety behaviors.

Methods: Caregivers of pediatric trauma patients were screened by trained injury prevention educators. The screening assessed risky drinking, tobacco and illicit drug use, and child safety behaviors. Data were analyzed using descriptive analysis, frequency comparisons, and univariate logistic regression.

Results: Over 7 months, 295 caregivers were screened; 32.5% (n = 96) screened positive for risky alcohol use. For 173 injured children, one caregiver was screened, and for 61 children, two caregivers were screened. In the one-caregiver group, 29% (n = 50) screened positive for risky drinking. For the two-caregiver group, in 18% (n = 11) of the cases, both caregivers screened positive, whereas in 39% (n = 24) only one caregiver screened positive. Males were more likely to screen positive (p < 0.01). Relationships between reported child safety behaviors and risky drinking were of interest, but not statistically significant.

Conclusions: The results of our study demonstrate that a substantial number of caregivers of pediatric trauma patients will self-report risky drinking behaviors, and therefore, an opportunity exists for these families to receive the benefits of screening and brief intervention programs in pediatric trauma care settings.

This project was presented to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids Annual Meeting in December 2008 and published in the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care.

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Karla Lawson, PhD
Program Coordinator
Office: (512) 324-0189
Email: kalawson@seton.org



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Nilda M. Garcia, MD, FACS

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nmgarcia@seton.org

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512-324-0189

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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Trauma Services
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723


Lindsay Pollok, MPH

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Child Injury Prevention Coordinator

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ljpollok@seton.org

Phone Number:
512-324-0000 x86829

Mailing Address:
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723


Karla Lawson, PhD

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Trauma Research Manager

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kalawson@seton.org

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512-324-0189

Mailing Address:
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Trauma Services
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723


Stewart Williams

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Injury Prevention Manager

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Mr. Williams is the Injury Prevention Manager at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Mr. Williams leads a team of injury prevention coordinators that deliver interventions and services to the community and to patient families. He currently serves on the Safe States Alliance Executive Committee as a Member At Large.

He began his career working in passenger safety for US Airways Express in 1997. After September 11, 2001, with the downturn in air travel, Mr. Williams went to work for The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division and then transitioned to Safe Kids Pennsylvania. Prior to his arrival in Austin, Texas, Mr. Williams was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a Public Health Program Administrator. During his tenure at the department, Mr. Williams led the health professions survey process, the state health improvement plan for the Commonwealth, and worked with dental provider shortages, before assuming the role in the childhood injury prevention program.

Stewart is a graduate from Albright College where he majored in Business Administration. He holds a Certificate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Email Address:
Srwilliams1@seton.org

Phone Number:
512-324-0000 Ext. 86858

Mailing Address:
Dell Children's Medical Center
Trauma Services Department
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723


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