The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

5088.0: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 12:42 PM

Abstract #64293

Building a network of state, county, community-based and academic partners to promote child passenger safety through public hospitals and health systems

Wendy J. Jameson, MPH, MPP, California Health Care Safety Net Institute, 70 Washington Street, Suite 310, Oakland, CA 94607, 510-874-7102,

Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death and injury among children in California. In 1999, California's public hospitals treated as many as 3,000 children who had sustained injury in motor vehicle collisions. In the face of recent research showing that certain racial groups are at greater risk for motor vehicle injuries, public hospitals and health systems—which serve a patient population that is 76 percent non-white—undertook an effort to prevent motor vehicle deaths and injuries through the Child Passenger Safety Initiative.

This initiative was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Several state and local governmental and non-governmental institutions, including public hospitals and academic institutions, collaborated to plan, implement and evaluate the Child Passenger Safety Initiative. The Initiative spanned five counties throughout Northern, Southern and Central California.

With a goal of integrating child passenger safety into health care delivery, participating public hospital systems expanded and improved child passenger safety education efforts and developed innovative models for reaching low-income, culturally diverse families. Strategies included training medical providers, educating parents and caregivers, distributing free or low-cost child safety seats, and offering child safety seat inspections. Services targeted families using services at public hospitals and health systems and families and child welfare workers transporting foster children.

This presentation will cover: 1) challenges to and strategies for integrating child passenger safety into health care delivery systems; 2) effective approaches to collaboration to promote child passenger safety; and, 3) evaluation design and implementation.

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Keywords: Injury Prevention, Public Hospitals

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Innovative Community-based Approaches for Promoting Health Behaviors

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA