Online Program

Motor Vehicle Safety: Evolution of a Public/Private Partnershp into a County-wide Technical Assistance Program

Monday, November 2, 2015

Chantel Ponder, MPH. CPSTI, Trauma Department, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Helen Arbogast, MPH, CPSTI, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Christine Li, MHS, Injury & Violence Prevention Program, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Upperman, MD, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

To (1) establish a working partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to expand the reach of car seat distribution and safety education through car seat check-ups and classes and (2) develop a public/private partnership into a pilot program to enhance community capacity to provide education and distribute car seats through training and technical assistance.



A joint partnership between DPH and CHLA is developed to distribute 1,000 seats in Los Angeles County to prevent injuries and deaths associated with the non-use and improper use of car seats.  At least one car seat check-up event and one class will be conducted in each of the five supervisorial districts in Los Angeles County. Certified car passenger safety technicians will conduct each check-up event and classes will be taught from a standard curriculum.


The 1,000 seats have been successfully distributed throughout Los Angeles County within all 5 supervisorial districts. From the collaboration, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles now provides technical assistance to an established county wide program. The capacity for seat distribution and technical assistance has been doubled in the vast county.


The partnership proved to be successful in expanding the knowledge and resources of a pertinent topic in injury prevention. Instead of focusing on one geographical area or SES status, an entire county population was reached. The collaboration served to leverage resources and expand the reach beyond what any one program could provide alone.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify two key strategies to effectively teach child passenger safety Assess the collaboration between a non-profit and a government agency in improving community knowledge Describe the procedure for developing a car seat distribution program

Keyword(s): Motor Vehicles, Public/Private Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have participated in the planning and implementation of the original pilot program and have continued to be involved in the development of providing technical assistance. I currently am extremely involved in the world of child passenger safety and serve as an instructor while teaching classes and operating check events.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.