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IFCK-L continues to work to establish a hospital-wide Child Passenger Safety (CPS) discharge process that would fully serve all families while being sustainable within the hospital system. We have been working on two specific projects within that larger effort. The first with Orthopedics is to develop a loaner HIPPO program to address the identified need of children in SPICA casts for special short-term seats. The second with NICU is to apply the most current knowledge about safe transport of premature infants, including the sharing of state of the art science on angle tolerance testing, use of car beds, and the uncertain science of graduation from car beds.

Children with disabilities present a unique injury prevention/child passenger safety need, so our program added a focus on child passenger safety for children with special health care needs.Last fall MTW completed the Riley Hospital training and certification to be a special needs CPS technician, giving our state a total of 5 such valuable people, and we have a small but steady stream of consults from across the state. We also provide consultation to University of Kentucky Children's Hospital and to the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs. A recent complex example involved working with a deaf mother and translator on seats for 5 children under age 5, one of whom is physically disabled and half of whom are also deaf.

 

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Community Partners for Protecting Children was originally a grant-funded program led by the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS, our state child protective services). The “40505” project is directed at a single Lexington zip-code with the highest rates of child abuse and repeat child abuse, high rates of drug use and of newborn babies testing positive for drugs of abuse, high rates of domestic violence and lack of community empowerment. IFCK has been involved for many years as an active partner in this on-going community child abuse prevention project led by others. Both SP and MTW have been members of the Safety Committee, where we have been able to include unintentional injury prevention efforts for the community as well as child abuse prevention. Working with the Faith Committee, we were able to secure a small grant from the 40505 project which enabled us to purchase fire prevention materials which we have provided to families through vacation bible schools in this zip code and in others within Lexington for the past two summers. MTW has also served on other committees. Our contact with social workers, judges, mental health professionals, child care staff and schools through this project have also led to some improvements in care for children in out of home (foster) care and early efforts to provide special training for child care centers serving children in foster care. SP continues to work with the hospital child protection team also.

Through partnerships with groups such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate),PCA-KY (Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky) and DCBS and contacts with judges, we have been able to increase awareness of the need to consider child passenger safety (the willingness and ability to protect your child against the leading danger to children) as an additional important factor in making decisions about readiness for reunification..

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As part of an earlier combined IFCK/KY State Safe Kids fire grant, we worked closely with the Lexington Fire Department to develop a referral process for home fire safety inspections, exit plans and smoke detector installations that would permit referral without fear of identification/reprisal based on either rental status or citizenship. People with financial need who own their homes can be provided with detectors and installation if needed (code requires that landlords provide their own detectors). We continue to meet with agency providers such as Head Start, WIC, elementary schools, community empowerment centers, churches and hospital social workers to educate them on fire safety and how to make referrals to this program for any family that could use the fire safety education and help with design of an exit plan, emphasizing those with mobile homes as a special high risk group. families that this service exists and how to make referrals. One copy of the triplicate referral sheets comes back to us from the Fire Department for our data collection in exchange for more detectors. Although our goal was primarily to serve families with small children, all in need are eligible. Last year an elderly woman credited this program with saving her life when she was warned by her new detector of a kitchen fire while upstairs. A week ago, the Fire Department called us to tell us that an individual (with a physical disability) who was involved in a house fire and escaped unharmed was also a recipient of one of our detectors.

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With additional help from Allstate, Little Tikes, the Division of Parks and Recreation, neighborhood associations and other partners, we built two IFCK community playgrounds. We built lasting relationships with those neighborhoods with whom we partnered on playgrounds, and with the Division of Parks and Recreation, who have called us to help with other community playground builds since. We continue to be involved in maintenance of those playgrounds and in efforts to support community events in those neighborhoods.

Our IFCK site has become a playground safety resource for child care centers in our community. We have been awarded a small amount of funding through a grant to provide training and consultation on playground safety for identified child care centers in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

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The Promatores program trains Latino people to become lay health advisors in their neighborhoods. Through IFCK continuing efforts, the Promotores program director has added fire safety, child passenger safety, safe sleeping and other pediatric injury prevention topics to the curriculum. Mel has been invited to teach these segments here and in neighboring counties on a regular basis. We have built a relationship of trust with the Hispanic community, partly through regular attendance at the Migrant Network Coalition meeting, on whose Board MTW has served for the past year. This trust has led to invitations such as the opportunity to share injury prevention information with horse farm workers waiting to be seen at consular visits, and an opportunity to share information on car seats and fire prevention hosted by the local Spanish TV program. With the assistance of an interpreter, we have installed car seats and provided instruction in various areas of injury prevention as an outgrowth of this partnership.

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Susan H. Pollack MD

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PI, Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program

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shpoll@uky.edu

Phone Number:
859-323-6194

Mailing Address:
KIPRC/UK
333 Waller Avenue, Suite 202
Lexington, KY 40504


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Susan Pollack MD is available to answer your group's questions via telephone or e-mail.

Susan Pollack MD is available to travel to speak to your group in person.

Melanie Tyner-Wilson M.S.

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Special Needs and Early Childhood Outreach

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Melanie Tyner-Wilson

Melanie Tyner-Wilson comes to the Injury Free Kids Coalition with experience from a variety of backgrounds. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation/ Wellness and Dance). She has taken coursework in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky and has recently completed a certificate program in Developmental Disabilities through the Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute.

Ms. Tyner-Wilson, a biological parent of a special needs child with autism and a foster/adoptive parent of a special needs child, has focused her advocacy efforts for all Kentucky children in promoting educational policy and legislation related to enhancing quality of family life. Melanie and her husband Steve serve as parent liaisons for the Adoption Support of Kentucky. She is a member of the Autism Society of the Bluegrass, advisory board member of Kentucky Autism Training Center, the National Early Childhood Transition Center, and the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children. She serves on several state level committees that work on behalf of children by building coalitions between agencies, families, educators, policy makers, and providers. She serves as an educational mediator for the Division of Exceptional Children Services with the Kentucky Department of Education.

In previous positions she has worked in Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky in leadership development, collaborated with academic affairs to find ways to infuse opportunities for academic support programming in the residence halls and enhanced health/wellness opportunities for students. She has worked for the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute University Center for Excellence as a project coordinator/family involvement specialist for the Kentucky Early Childhood Transition Project. The mission of this project is to work with all stakeholders in the transition process to create system change policies and practice that impact the positive transition of children and families from 0-8 years of age.

Systems of care that focus on community collaboration, that are child centered and family focused are basic outcomes in any type of advocacy. The opportunity to work in injury prevention efforts for young children will provide an opportunity to connect these areas of focus: injury prevention for children, disability policy and educational advocacy. The very young child with special needs and injury prevention will be a focus of her efforts in the grant.

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Email Address:
mtyner@uky.edu

Phone Number:
(859)323-6194

Mailing Address:
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Lexington
333 Waller Suite 202
Lexington, KY 40504


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