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Since 1997, the Community Pediatrics Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University and the Pediatric Trauma Program at the New York- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital have been working to prevent childhood injuries in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities of New York City. By combining the resources of the Hospital, Columbia University, and a number of community-based organizations, we established an Injury and Violence Prevention Center following the model of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids(®). Our goals are to decrease the number of unintentional injuries, as well as the resultant morbidity and mortality, to the children and youth of Washington Heights and Inwood, and to promote safe neighborhoods, activities and lifestyles for the residents of our community. We have pursued these goals through a variety of educational, service, and research activities.

Working with local public and private schools, we bring injury prevention and traffic safety education to the classroom and we invite students to attend an annual traffic safety theater presentation at the hospital; each year we host approximately 400 students at this popular event. Within our hospital, we provide injury prevention training to pediatric residents, which includes techniques for screening families for interpersonal violence and for discussing injury prevention in both clinical and community settings. The Pediatric Trauma Program collects injury-related data through the in-house Pediatric Trauma Registry. Using real time data, we have the ability to identify the causes of injury related morbidity and mortality in our neighborhood and to design injury prevention programs to address these problems.

Following Harlem Hospital's lead, we have built playgrounds and safe play areas at neighborhood schools. In early 2000 we petitioned our colleagues at the NY City Department of Transportation to building a Safety City site for the children of Washington Heights. The site opened in 2002 and continues to educate local 3rd grade students about traffic safety in a simulated NYC street environment in our community every year.

 

In the future…
Over the next several years, we will continue to enhance our current initiatives to prevent unintentional injuries in Washington Heights and Inwood, and also to strengthen our collaboration efforts to increase our community's capacity to prevent pediatric injuries.

 

 

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DiLenny Roca
Injury Prevention Coordinator
New York-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
dr146@columbia.edu

Jeanne Rubsam
Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator
New York-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
jmr19@columbia.edu

Mapping address: 3959 Broadway, New York, NY 10032



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The New York-Presbyterian, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital hosted a Musical Theater Traffic Safety Show, The Apple Corps, sponsored by The New York City Department of Transportation, Office of Safety Education and Outreach on Monday April 29th, 2019.

During the show, using a series of vignettes, children were taught to make safe choices when crossing streets, bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, riding scooters and using safety belts. The show “empowers children to help themselves and others be safe street users and prevent injuries”.

Two interactive musical traffic safety theater shows were attended by approximately 500 neighborhood school children (kindergarten to third grade), their teachers and some parents from the Washington Heights neighborhood. (450 students and 45 teachers for a Total of 495 attendees) were welcomed to the hospital lobby for an interactive, educational experience in the hospital lobby of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital on April 29th.

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Falls are the number one severe injury sustained by children from 0-19 years in Washington Heights, and they are second only to firearms in causing injury fatalities.(1)
Pedestrian injuries are also among the five most common severe injuries. One way to protect children from these severe injuries is to provide them a safe place to play, where a fall will not likely result in a hospitalization, and which provides an alternative to playing in the street. Because of budget cuts and major capital improvements to some buildings in high need, New York City’s Board of Education has been unable to provide schools funding to renovate old, unsafe play spaces. Furthermore, a space shortage has in the past made it difficult for schools to install play equipment. In some cases, this has forced a school to use a local park as its school yard, even though the park’s location across city streets and avenues, safety features, and maintenance the school does not control. In other cases, children have nothing more than a small, open asphalted area in which to play during recess.

We have worked closely with Vanessa Martelli of Universal Play Systems, Inc., and elementary schools to assess their playground usage and available space, and has offered technical assistance to provide schools with a safe playground that matches their needs, even in small spaces. In addition, with the inauguration of each playground, school staff and students alike receive a special presentation on playground safety, and how to use their particular equipment as safely as possible. Playground construction is an ongoing project that heightens injury prevention awareness, involves the community, and, most importantly, provides school children a safe place to play off the street.
(1)M. Durkin, Northern Manhattan Injury Surveillance System Data, 2001.


Inaugurated Playgrounds
PS152M April 30, 2002
PS187M March 6, 2002
Playgrounds Inaugurated in 2005
PS 178 Children's Village

PS 28

PS 128

PS 178

IS 164 (play area renovation)

We continue to look for funding and opportunities to work with our community leaders to build safe play areas for the children of Washington Heights/Inwood.

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New York City Safe Kids Coalition
“Walk This Way-Safe Kids Walk”
October 4, 2017

The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is a member of the NY City Safe Kids Coalition. NY City Safe Kids is “a coalition of educators, health care professionals and child advocates that is devoted to helping keep children healthy and free from unintentional injuries.” Our catchment area includes Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Safety events are held throughout the year in NY City. “Walk This Way-Safe Kids Walk” was held on October 4, 2017. Sponsored by NYC Safe Kids Coalition, Safe Kids World Wide and Fed-Ex, Walk This Way brings local and national attention to pedestrian safety issues.

With hands raised high and waving large yellow signs saying "STOP for PEDESTRIANS" and "SLOW DOWN" in English and Spanish, approximately 50 3rd grade students from PS 4 on West 160th Street in Upper Manhattan walked down to Access Safety City to learn about pedestrian safety, bike safety and the rules of the road.

Once at Safety City, the eager children participated in classroom and “streetscape” safety activities.

Other School participated in the “Walk This Way” program throughout the week.

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DiLenny Roca
Injury Prevention Coordinator
212-305-6718



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Amid the COVID 19 pandemic children are dealing with another crisis. Firearms, motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, drownings, fires, and a lack of safe equipment and tools are taking their lives. Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children 1-18 years old. Every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries—resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined. The good news is that many of those injuries are preventable with the use of education, good safety practices, proper equipment, and the implementation of strong legislation.

For this reason, on November 18th, the Division of Pediatric Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) at the Mailman School of Public Health will join trauma centers across the nation to launch the country’s first National Injury Prevention Day. We are also inviting the community to participate in scheduled programming coordinated by New York City injury prevention experts

New York-Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center – Virtual Injury Prevention Day Classes on topics throughout the day for parents, grandparents, and children to tune in – Flyer attached and links to register for courses

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DiLenny Roca, MPH
Injury Prevention Coordinator
New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Columbia University Irving Medical Center



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DiLenny Roca, MPH
Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator
NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatric Trauma
212-305-6718
dr146@cumc.columbia.edu



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Vincent Pierre Duron, MD

Photograph of Vincent Pierre Duron, MD

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC

Biography:
Dr. Vincent Duron is an Attending Physician in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the NY- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, NY. He is also Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Duron received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, after which he spent the next several years teaching 4th & 6th grade students in Queens, NY and Moscow. He returned to New York and received his medical degree at the University of Rochester where he graduated with Distinction in Community Service. He completed his general surgery residency at Brown University. During this time he received multiple research and teaching awards, including the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Throughout his years of training, Dr. Duron performed clinical research leading to the publication of multiple articles in pediatric trauma and global health issues. His interests include general pediatric surgery, the critical care treatment of pediatric surgical and trauma patients, as well as access to surgical care in developing countries. He has been involved in multiple global health projects in Russia, Cameroon, Malawi, Kenya, and most recently is actively developing a trauma registry in Iquitos, Peru. In addition to providing pediatric surgical care to the patients of MCSH, Dr. Duron is the Surgical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Email Address:
vd2312@cumc.columbia.edu

Phone Number:
212 305 8402

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New York-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
3959 Broadway
Floor: 2, Suite: 215
New York, NY 10032


Steven Stylianos, MD

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Job Title:
Co-Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital

Biography:
Dr. Steven Stylianos was educated at Rutgers University and the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, then spent two years as a trauma fellow at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston. Dr. Stylianos went on to complete a pediatric surgical fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He was a member of the pediatric surgical staff at Children’s Hospital of NY-Presbyterian from 1992-2005 and returned to Columbia University in 2013. He is presently the Rudolph N Schullinger Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. He also serves as the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program.

Dr. Stylianos’ clinical expertise includes pediatric surgery and trauma. He served as Chairman of the Trauma Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) from 1997-2002 and authored the ASPA position paper supporting all measures to reduce the toll of firearm violence in children. He was also the Co-Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s grant to APSA “Partnership for Development and Dissemination of Outcomes Measures for Injured Children.” Dr. Stylianos is on the executive board as a founding member of the Pediatric Trauma Society.

Currently, Dr. Stylianos is a site verification officer of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. In 2016 he received the prestigious Champions Award from the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association. He was also recently recognized by the NY State Division of the American Trauma Society and named the 2016 New York State Trauma Medical Director of Distinction. Dr. Stylianos frequently lectures both internationally and nationwide on pediatric trauma topics including pediatric trauma care and the injured family.

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ss128@cumc.columbia.edu

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DiLenny Roca

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Injury Prevention Coordinator

Biography:
The Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Program Office (NPO) is housed at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She has served as the Program Administrator of the NPO since 2002 and has gained experience in financial management as well as the implementation and evaluation of public health programs. She works closely with the Program Directors and Program Coordinators of the Injury Free sites in trauma centers across the country and in Canada to facilitate the establishment of community-based programs and strategies that create safer and healthier communities through research, education, and advocacy. As part of the NPO, she worked on the Allstate Little Hands Community Built Playground Projects assisting in coalition building and strengthening partnerships.

DiLenny is working as the Injury Prevention Coordinator for Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at New York Presbyterian. Together with Jeanne Rubsam, Drs. Duran and Stylianos, her goal is keeping the children of the Washington Heights and Inwood community safe and injury free. Ths is important to her as she grew up in the communities of Washington Heights, and Inwood. She went to Kennedy High School and holds a Bachelor's of Science from Columbia University and a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

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Email Address:
dr146@cumc.columbia.edu

Phone Number:
212-305-6718

Mailing Address:
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
New York, NY 10032-3702


Jeanne Rubsam, RN, MS, CPNP

Photograph of Jeanne Rubsam, RN, MS, CPNP

Job Title:
Pediatric Trauma Coordinator

Biography:
Jeanne Rubsam, RN, CPNP is the Pediatric Trauma Program Manager for the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York, NY. Ms. Rubsam graduated from Georgetown University and received a Master’s of Science in Pediatric Primary Care from Columbia University. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and as a pediatric nurse by the American Nurses Association. She is also Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University’s School of Nursing Ms. Rubsam started the Pediatric Trauma Program at MSCH in 1996. In her role as program manager she oversees the coordination of care for all patients admitted to the Pediatric Trauma Service and provides consultation and education on pediatric trauma related issues to the hospital staff, patients and local community. She frequently conducts educational programs on safety issues to school children and parent groups. In 2004 Ms. Rubsam was named New York State Trauma Coordinator of Distinction by the New York State Trauma Advisory Committee and the New York State Division of the American Trauma Society. Ms. Rubsam is both a former President (2006-2008) and Vice President (2013-2015) of the New York State Division American Trauma Society .

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Email Address:
jmr19@cumc.columbia.edu

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3959 Broadway, Room 215 North
New York, NY 10032


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