Programs


RESEARCH

Passenger Safety in Multicultural and Multi-ethnic Communities: To evaluate the impact of high visibility law enforcement efforts and culturally relevant passenger safety education and car seat inspections in diverse communities. Specific populations include diverse Hispanic groups and Haitian Creole.

Injury Free Mobile: To assess the effectiveness of a mobile child injury prevention center on reaching diverse and hard to reach communities on child safety knowledge among parents/caregivers and health professionals.

Miami Directors


Contact Info

For more information about our programs please contact

Lyse Deus at ldeus@jhsmiami.org

Mailing address:

Injury Free Coalition for Kids- Miami
Mailman Center
1601 NW 12 Ave, Suite 2035
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: 305-243-9080


Fax: 305-243-9091


Mapping address: 1601 N.W. 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-1096



Description

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami is sponsoring Child Car Seat Checks at University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Parents learn how to keep kids safe on the road. Child passenger safety technicians are available to check child car seats to make sure that they are appropriate, and properly installed. Safety education is also available for the community at the events.

Parent Education

Checking Child Car Seats

Child Car Seat Clinics

For more information call(305) 243-9080

Contact Information

Ldeus@jhsmiami.org



Description

Injury is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12 years in Miami-Dade County. Deaths represent a fraction of the number of severe injuries that result in hospitalization. Research demonstrates that hands on training of child safety practices and access to affordable safety items significantly increases parent/caregiver knowledge and safety practices of these devices. The Injury Free Mobile offers parents & caregivers with interactive education and skills building in a simulated home setting, and access to low-to-no-cost safety items.

The Injury Free Mobile offers hands on training in Spanish, English and Creole. The program visits different sites throughout Miami Dade County including local hospital clinics, schools, daycare centers, pre-scheduled health fairs and expositions.

To reserve the Injury Free Mobile for an event in Miami Dade County, please call (305)243-9080 or email ldeus@jhsmiami.org for an event request form. Event requests forms must be fax to (305)243-9091 with six weeks notice prior to a scheduled event. A staff from the Injury Free Mobile will respond to your request about availability.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Injury Free Mobile or to make a car seat check appointment please call 305-243-9080.

To reserve the mobile unit, please complete the Event Request Form and fax to 305-243-9091. Please provide at least six weeks advanced notice to schedule an event.



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Judy Schaechter, MD

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Director

Biography:
Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of service at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Schaechter is a general pediatrician with special interests in adolescence, injury and violence prevention, education, and community health. She currently or recently served as senior advisor to the Florida Children’s Movement, president of the national Injury Free Coalition for Kids, gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, and board member of The Children’s Trust, where as chair of the Health Committee, she led the creation of HealthConnect, launching health teams in 170 schools and initiation home visitation for families in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Schaechter served as the child health policy expert on the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation board for eight years, chairing the Finance/Audit and Satisfaction/Quality Committees. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention and a member of the American Pediatric Society. As a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Dr. Schaechter, chairs the Program and Policy Committee as well as the Early Head Start Health Advisory Task Force. Dr. Schaechter has a national reputation advocating for child safety, access to care, health promotion, professional diversity and wellness. She has effected policy change in firearm injury prevention, vaccination supply and scheduling, quality education and freedom of speech. Judy continues to care for patients, both in the office and the hospital.

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jschaechter@med.miami.edu

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CHAD M. THORSON, MD, MSPH

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Assistant Professor of Surgery The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine; Division of Pediatric Surgery

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Email Address:
cthorson@med.miami.edu

Phone Number:
(305) 903-7153

Mailing Address:
Division of Pediatric
Surgery
P.O. Box 016960 (R-51)
Miami, FL 33101


Lyse Deus

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Program Administrator/Lead Educator

Biography:
Ms. Deus received her BS in Health Education from Liberty University in Virginia. Her experience has centered on health and safety education working with people of all ages and ethnicities - from seniors to children. At the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami she serves as Lead Child Safety Educator for the Injury Free Mobile, a mobile child injury prevention center. Ms. Deus is fluent in English, Spanish and Creole. She is passionate about prevention and helping others.

Contact Information

Email Address:
ldeus@jhsmiami.org

Phone Number:
305-243-9080

Mailing Address:
Mailman Center
1601 NW 12 Ave Suite 2035
Miami, FL 33136


Speaking Availability

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

Lyse Deus is available to travel to speak to your group in person.

Gioconda Reina

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Safety Educator

Biography:
Gioconda Reina joined Injury Free in 2007 as a Safety Educator. She has comprehensive experience in injury prevention which includes but is not limited to passenger safety, playground, water, poisoning and home. Prior to joining Injury Free she worked at another hospital institution as a Clinical Social Worker where she conducted psychosocial assessments and provide emotional support to patients and their families as they cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Early in her career she worked as a Family Service Counselor for The Department of Children of Children and Families. Gioconda ensured continued compliance with standards through on-site inspections of child care centers and family day care homes throughout Miami Dade. She also has experience with administering and managing contracts. Mrs. Reina received her Masters in Social Work from Florida International University and is a certified Passenger Safety Technician.

Contact Information

Email Address:
Gioconda.Reina@jhsmiami.org

Phone Number:
305-243-9080

Mailing Address:
Mailman Center
1601 NW 12 Ave
Miami, FL 33136


Isidro Perez

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Job Title:
Transportation Specialist

Biography:
Isidro Perez, is a native of Havana Cuba. Mr. Perez graduated as an Industrial Technician from Cardevila Technical School. Since moving to Miami, Mr. Perez has gained over 15 years experience as a medical transportation driver. In this role, he learned to work with diverse populations, including children and adults with mental and physical special needs. At Injury Free Miami, Mr. Perez serves as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, Bike Safety Educator and drives the Injury Free Mobile. Mr. Perez was recognized in 2008 by Injury Free-Miami as “Employee of the Year”.

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Email Address:
Iperez9@jhsmiami.org

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305--243-9080

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