Programs


Approximately 29,000 emergency room visits are made to UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and its affiliate hospitals each year, as well as over 32,000 visits to primary and subspecialty clinics. Utilizing hospital trauma registry data and state epidemiology statistics, the chapter has categorized the various reasons why children are admitted to UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.

Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester is an interdisciplinary team focusing on intervention programs to decrease the incidence of these traumas. The Worcester group has been part of the Coalition since 2001. Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester is working with community leaders on the following projects: a bi-weekly car seat safety check; a playground safety improvement/renovation project; a gun buyback/violence prevention program called "Goods For Guns"; one of the nation's first injury prevention hands-on training courses for medical students; distributing “Safe at Home” home childproofing kits; teen driver education courses; and Mobile Safety Street, an interactive safety display aimed at educating children in pedestrian, home, and school bus safety.

Injury Free Worcester Coalition members include:

The Worcester site also collaborates with various UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center departments such as: Trauma Injury Prevention Programs; Pre-hospital Services; Social Services; Trauma Services; Women and Children Family Education; Emergency Medicine; Community Relations; Domestic Violence; Life Flight and EMS; Child Life; Pediatrics; Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Surgery/Trauma. It is our goal to recruit additional community agencies and representatives from the Greater Worcester Area to establish a larger, stronger coalition targeting childhood injury prevention. The impact of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester’s interventions is measured through annual trauma admission statistics. The primary goals are:

  1. Educate Greater Worcester area families about the causes and ways to avoid pediatric accidents and trauma
  2. Create and strengthen partnerships with the local community
  3. Address the families’ and communities’ concerns
  4. Develop creative and effective solutions to combating childhood injury
  5. Further scientific knowledge about the causes and prevention of pediatric injury in Greater Worcester

Watch this video as Dr. Hirsh encourages the Worcester District Medical Society to support the change to the enforcement of seatbelt laws from secondary to primary.

Worcester, MA Directors


Contact Info

Co-Director: Michael P. Hirsh M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S. (michael.hirsh@umassmemorial.org)

Co-Director: Mariann Manno M.D.,F.A.A.P (mariann.manno@umassmemorial.org)

Injury Prevention Coordinator: Asia Simpson (asia.simpson@umassmemorial.org)


Mapping address: 55 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01655



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Child passenger safety car seat check-up events are held two times per month at our emergency medical services garage by certified child passenger safety technicians. Our program educates families on the correct installation and use of car seats and booster seats. Car seats and booster seats are provided to families in financial need. Our grant support has come from AAA of Southern New England, Dorel Juvenile Group, The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, Worcester, MA, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division and Toys”R”Us.

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Watch the Goods for Guns video

In 1994 Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, the Co-Director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester, co-founded the Goods for Guns Program in Pittsburgh. To date, the program there, collected over 7800 guns. A similar program was initiated in Worcester in December of 2002 and has since been annually successful. For two Saturdays preceding the winter holidays, Injury Free Coalition workers and volunteers collect guns anonymously from the community in exchange for gift certificates to local stores. Participants who brought in unloaded working firearms completed surveys that gathered demographic data and were given trigger locks for any additional firearms that they may have had in their homes. The program is a great success, removing 2,056 operable firearms from the community, making Worcester a safer place in which to live. The program held its 9th annual event in December 2010, collecting 195 firearms.

The Guns for Art Project grew out of a successful program done in Pittsburgh in which local metal-working artists took the retrieved, deactivated weapons from their Goods for Guns Buyback Program and made them into art objects, jewelry and sculpture. This was done in the spirit of the old Isaiah quote about "beating swords into ploughshares". We are invested in doing this here with our Worcester Goods for Guns Buyback weapons and tie it into a tribute to Dr. Leonard Morse, retiring Commissioner of Public Health who was a champion of the Gun Buyback Program over the years. It is also our intention that a "mini" version will also be used to be brought into the Worcester Public Schools with our IP personnel and the Worcester Gang Task Force as a focal point of discussion around conflict resolution, violence, and injury prevention.

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Population Health Clerkship

As part of the 2nd year curriculum for the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Graduate School of Nursing, the Population Health Clerkship is a required 2 week experience where students have the opportunity to look at populations within our community to introduce them to the concept of health promotion and disease prevention and what community resources are available.

The Injury Prevention Department has developed a curriculum which will focus on keeping the community healthy by reducing injury and death from preventable injuries. The students have the opportunity to choose Pediatric and Family Injury Prevention for either younger children 0-13 years or older children 14-17. Students use clinical and community experience to determine gaps in existing programs and create and implement appropriate interventions. Activities include clinical shadowing of the Pediatric and Adult Trauma Surgeons, Mobile Safety Street events, Teen RIDE and Teen DRIVE events as well as activities in child passenger safety, disaster preparedness, gang task force, Goods for Guns, Community Immunity and Elder Falls Prevention.

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Mobile Safety Street is a hands-on, educational experience designed to educate all members of our community how to recognize and prevent common safety hazards that could lead to injuries.

Mobile Safety Street consists of a custom-designed bright yellow school bus and safety education trailer. The outside of the safety education trailer is a 20 foot by 30 foot two third scale model of an actual street with houses and shops, hospitals and fire stations, crosswalks and traffic lights, cars backing out of driveways, downed power lines, barking dogs and shady characters. The inside of the trailer is a realistic home environment highlighting key places where safety issues abound: stairs, the bathtub, stove, cabinets with poisons and medicines at child level, storage of firearms, etc.

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Mobile Safety Street



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Due to the wide variety of motor vehicle restraint systems and car seats, about 80% of parents incorrectly transport their children. Progress is being made by car manufacturers to make car safety seat installations in their vehicles easier, but the task is still a challenge for most parents and caregivers. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester works with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to educate and assist parents about their cars and their child vehicle restraint systems. Working with the local Police and Fire Departments, Massachusetts State Police, volunteers and UMass Medical School students, bi-weekly checkpoints are held in which parents can bring their car seats to be checked and properly installed by NHTSA certified technicians.

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Teen R.I.D.E. - Reality Intensive Drivers Education

Click to watch the "Sharing the Wheel" video.

The program focuses on a high-risk category of drivers--teenagers who have been cited for a moving violation, such as speeding, driving without a license or running a traffic light. Teens are referred by a Worcester County Juvenile Court Judge. Young drivers report to UMass Memorial children's Medical Center at 8:00 am on a Saturday. Teens and any parents/care givers who choose to attend sit in on several short discussion-based lectures about the mechanism of injury; specific risk factors for teen drivers and what it means to have a brain injury. Teens view a powerful video that tells the story of a group of teens who become intoxicated at a party and were then involved in a serious motor vehicle crash. Teens break into small groups and visit various departments within the Medical Center, including the Trauma and Emergency Ambulance Bay where technicians explain and re-enact what happens "in the field" when the ambulance is at the crash site preparing critically injured patients for emergency transport. The participants also have an opportunity to meet with a trauma victim survivor. More than 414 teenagers completed the Teen R.I.D.E. program.

Teen R.I.D.E.- Reality Intensive Driver Education in Drivers Education

The successful Teen R.I.D.E. program has expanded its reach to parents of teenage drivers who attend the mandatory parent education session of the drivers education program at South high School in Worcester, MA. During this session, parents are exposed to several elements of the Teen R.I.D.E. program including an interactive talk with physicians, viewing of powerful videos, and discussion with a trauma victim survivor.

Safe Ride, Safe Drive

The 2010-2011 school year marks the second year that Injury Free Worcester has partnered with the South High Community School Service Learning Program to educate 9th and 10th grade students about the importance of making safe choices as a vehicle passenger as a prelude to becoming a safe driver. Students are engaged through core subjects including math, science, english language arts, and social studies.

Teen D.R.I.V.E.- Distracted Reality an Interactive Virtual Education

With funding provided by The Allstate Foundation, this new program consists of a vehicle which houses two driving simulators. Students will get the opportunity to participate in the program One Simple Decision, which focuses on the perils of distracted driving including the use of cell phones and driving under the influence. Teen D.R.I.V.E. also uses peer to peer education by having students help lead and promote Teen D.R.I.V.E. amongst their fellow students.

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Michael Hirsh, M.D.

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Job Title:
Co-Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Worcester, MA

Biography:
Michael Hirsh is Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and Associate Surgical Director of the Trauma Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He formerly served as Principal Investigator of Injury Free Pittsburgh from 1993-2000. His experience is in developing and applying innovative interventions to prevent pediatric injury. As co-director of Injury-Free Pittsburgh, Dr. Hirsh created Health Rangers, a mentoring program which pairs potentially at-risk middle school children with mentors at local hospitals. He is also a co-founder of Goods for Guns, a firearms exchange program. Dr. Hirsh also designed and brought Safety Street to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, a life-size, outdoor exhibit designed to teach children the fundamentals of street safety.

Publications include: Hirsh MP: Public Approach to Violence (Physician’s News Digest June 1997); and Masiello, M, Friend, J, Hirsh MP, Synder K: Pittsburgh Goods for Guns Antiviolence Coalition: A Successful Four Year Expanded Gun Buy-Back Program (Pediatrics, Abstracts for Section Scientific Presentations at AAP 1998 Annual Meeting). Dr. Hirsh received his MD from Harvard University in 1979, completed surgical residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Fellowship training in the Department of Pediatric and Transplant Surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Dr. Hirsh has won numerous public service and teaching awards, and is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Critical Care.

Contact Information

Email Address:
michael.hirsh@umassmemorial.org

Phone Number:
774-773-2189

Mailing Address:
UMMHC, Pediatric Surgery
55 Lake Avenue North
Rm. H5-523
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655


Mariann M. Manno, M.D.

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Job Title:
Co-Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Worcester

Biography:
Mariann Manno is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Division Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Worcester MA.

Dr. Manno has received numerous honors in the area of medical education. Dr. Manno has received several grants, the most recent of which is from The Allstate Foundation for the purpose of educating teens about the risks associated with distracted driving. She is Co-director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids-Worcester.

Contact Information

Email Address:
mariann.manno@umassmemorial.org

Phone Number:
774-442-2599

Mailing Address:
Dr. Mariann Manno
Director, Pediatric ED
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655


Asia Simpson

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Job Title:
Injury Prevention coordinator

Biography:
Asia Simpson, our Injury Prevention Coordinator joined our staff in January 2018.

Contact Information

Email Address:
asia.simpson@umassmemorial.org

Phone Number:
774-443-8627

Mailing Address:
279 Lincoln Street
G.129
Worcester MA, 01605


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