EMSC Spreads the Word on Child Injury Prevention

On July 30, 2001, the EMSC Program completed its series of presentations for EMS providers entitled, "How to Get Involved in Preventing Pediatric Injuries." The EMSC Program teamed up with Albany Medical Center to present the seminar at the facility. Sharon Chiumento, RN, EMT-P, of the Office of Prehospital Care at the University of Rochester and Lt. David Walker, Community Educator at the North Greece Fire Department, provided participants with information on how to put together a community-based child injury prevention program. Specific examples were given of how fire/ems agencies could get involved and how to partner with other health professionals and organizations to help manage and share in the project's activities. In addition, Sharon and Dave used concrete examples of how to conduct a needs assessment, identify project partners, implement activities, and evaluate the project based on their involvement in a child injury prevention project in Monroe and Livingston Counties.

The EMSC Program had a unique opportunity to reach EMS providers and other health care professionals outside the Capital District area through videoconferencing of this workshop. Five additional facilities participated through the Adirondack Area Network which enabled real-time, interactive videoconferencing. Participating facilities were Mary McClellan Hospital, Moses Ludington Hospital, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, and Adirondack Community College. Over 50 fire/ems professionals and other health care providers attended the one and a half-hour session.

If you would you like your own video copy contact
The Adirondack Area Network at 479-1226.
There is a nominal fee for copies.