2015 Community Benefit Report - Page 8

THE COMMUNITY APPROACH PROMOTING CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY IN HIGH-RISK NEIGHBORHOODS Motor vehicle traffic crashes are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities among Colorado kids. However, for children living in low-income metroarea communities, a lack of resources disproportionately impacts child passenger safety, significantly increasing this risk. 481 CAR SEATS DISTRIBUTED IN 2015 “Our target audience is anyone who needs help with ensuring their children are traveling safely,” says Darryl Clark, executive director of Street-Smart, Inc. Four years ago, this driving mission led to a joining of efforts between nonprofits Street-Smart and Children’s Hospital Colorado, forming the Each One, Teach One Child Passenger Safety Program. A year and a half ago, we Darryl says the Each One, Teach One approach dates back to when slaves who learned to read or write would then share their knowledge with others. “The whole idea is to teach you so you can teach someone else; it’s a community approach,” says Clark. luggage inside. We had no With support from a grant provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2015 the initiative inspected 574 car seats for proper use, and distributed 481 car seats to families in need. More than 1,050 car seats have been distributed since 2014. “Street-Smart has always had an affinity for working with kids. This is about saving children’s lives,” says Clark, who hopes to soon expand the program far beyond its current reach. Children’s Colorado also offers car seat inspections at the Anschutz Campus in Aurora and at the South Campus in Highlands Ranch. “These types of community partnerships are critical to improving the health of neighborhoods,” says Children’s Colorado’s Injury Prevention Strategist Dwayne Smith. “We want to concentrate our efforts in neighborhoods at the greatest risk for these injuries, which are entirely preventable. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but this is a great start.” 8 Children’s Hospital Colorado returned from vacation and our car was stolen with our clothes, no money, and no car seat for my 2-year-old, Grecia. Through the Child Passenger Safety Program, we received a voucher from the Child Health Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado to purchase a car seat at a reduced price. This spring, our vehicle was hit and the car was totaled. Police told me later how important it was that Grecia was in her car seat. It saved her life. — Rosa, Aurora resident