Booster Seats to Spanish Speaking Neighbors
WINFIELD, Ill., September 10, 2009 - The Illinois state chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, located at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), is always looking for new ways to help children and their parents avoid injury. Recently, they received a Boost Illinois grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to provide minimal cost child booster seats to low income and Spanish speaking residents near CDH.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Latino children over the age of one year. Latino children under 13 years of age have lower restraint use rates (use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts) than non-Latino children. A child less than 4 feet 9 inches tall using an adult safety belt can experience major internal organ injuries when involved in a motor vehicle crash. (According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Center for Statistics and Analysis, January 2008 "Child Restraint Use in 2007-Demographic Results")
"These families qualified for booster seats at a reduced fee of five dollars if they attended a booster seat safety class, where the benefits of safety restraints for all ages were discussed," says program coordinator Jill Braselton, RN, BSN. "We worked directly with the West Chicago Police Neighborhood Resource Center on registration for the classes. We were able to distribute 80 seats throughout July and August." The five dollars received for each seat is returned to a fund to buy additional seats.
Alma Reyes, from the West Chicago Police Neighborhood Resource Center was on hand during the classes to translate as Braselton and Katrina Hubbard, RN, BSN from the ThinkFirst team demonstrated how to properly secure a child in the seat.
Wheaton Bible Church's bi-lingual program, Puente del Peublo, translated to "People's Bridge," is also working with CDH on this program. They have provided much needed storage space and have helped facilitate this project's introduction and implementation.
"I know all mothers in our community care about the safety of their children as much as I care about mine," says Braselton. "Once the language barrier is broken, and they learn how they can protect their children in a vehicle, they enthusiastically embrace this safe practice and share what they have learned with their friends and neighbors."
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical centers in Illinois.
For the last three consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. Similarly, U.S. News & World Report has included CDH on their list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category each year since 2007.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY (630) 933-4833 for the hearing impaired.
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
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