Child Health Information for Dona Ana County

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Child Health Information for Dona Ana County

  1. 1. Child Health Programs Do ñ a Ana County Health and Human Services Department
  2. 2. Leading Cause of Death <ul><li>Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for New Mexicans age 1-44 </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these deaths are caused by car crashes </li></ul><ul><li>Children are at greater risk for being killed or hurt in car crashes </li></ul><ul><li>Injuries kill more children than all childhood diseases combined </li></ul>
  3. 3. HHS Programs <ul><li>Summer months increase risk for injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Child Passenger Safety Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Community Resource Center Programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Child Passenger Safety <ul><li>How long should children ride in a child safety seat? </li></ul><ul><li>When should children convert from rear to forward facing? </li></ul><ul><li>What percent of people make mistakes when installing car seats? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Child Passenger Safety <ul><li>How long should children ride in a child safety seat? – 12 years or until the adult seat belt fits if over 7yrs and 60 lbs </li></ul><ul><li>How long should a child ride in a rear facing seat? – as long as possible should be over 2 yrs old </li></ul><ul><li>What percent of people make mistakes when installing car seats? – Over 85% </li></ul>
  6. 6. Child Safety Seats Work <ul><li>71% in reducing infant deaths </li></ul><ul><li>54% in reducing toddler deaths </li></ul><ul><li>69% in reducing the need for hospitalization </li></ul><ul><li>50% in preventing even minor injuries </li></ul>
  7. 7. Best Practice Guidelines <ul><li>NM State Law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under 1 year rear facing in the back seat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between 1 and 7 years and under 60 lbs must ride in a safety seat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between 7 and 12 years and over 60 lbs must ride in a safety seat unless adult SB fits properly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>American Academy of Pediatrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New recommendation - stay rear-facing until age 2 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. CPS Programs <ul><li>Car Seat Distribution Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Car Seat Fitting Stations </li></ul><ul><li>Car Seat Clinics </li></ul><ul><li>Community Education </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Buckle Down </li></ul>
  9. 9. Distribution Program <ul><li>Provides low-cost seats at main office and CRCs </li></ul><ul><li>Federal and State funds </li></ul><ul><li>Over 3,000 seats distributed statewide </li></ul><ul><li>39 sites – HHS, Ben Archer, La Clinica, and First Step </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fitting Station and Clinics <ul><li>85% of car seats are used incorrectly </li></ul><ul><li>Certified technicians provide hands-on education </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2000 seats checked </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 400 unsafe seats replaced </li></ul>
  11. 11. Upcoming Events <ul><li>Fitting Station – Sisbarro Dealership first Wednesday of month 4:00 to 6:00 </li></ul>

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