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Child Safety Seats and Bicycle Helmets Distributed through MIHS Occupant, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Grant Programs

December 13, 2017

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MIHS received two grant awards from the Arizona’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). GOHS presented MIHS with almost $19,000 in funding to expand its child passenger safety efforts, and the pedestrian, bicycle education and safety equipment efforts. The funds will be used to purchase over 300 child safety seats and 720 bicycle helmets for distribution to families in need at the MIHS Chandler and Mesa Family Health Centers, Maricopa Medical Center and throughout Maricopa County. The MIHS Child Passenger Safety Education and Bicycle Helmet Programs, offered through the MIHS Pediatric and Trauma Services, provides child passenger safety and bicycle safety education, equipment and resources to the community. The goal is to reduce child injuries and fatalities as a result of motor vehicle or bicycle accidents.

Arizona Law requires that children age 8 and younger and 4’9” or shorter be properly restrained in vehicles. Improper use or not using a child safety seat is a key faction in injuries and death in children. When a child safety seat is used, nearly 90% of children suffer no injury when involved in a motor vehicle crash. It is well documented that bicycle helmets offer bicyclists the best protection from head injuries resulting from bicycle crashes. The proper fitting and use of helmets is a key factor in minimizing injuries of children, our most vulnerable citizens. When worn, bicycle helmets cut the risk of severe brain damage by up to 88%.

MIHS is proud to partner with GOHS to provide education, resources and equipment necessary to protect our children. Thanks to the support of the GOHS over the last six years, MIHS has provided education and distribution of 2,084 child safety seats and 2,907 bicycle helmets to families in our community.

Maricopa Integrated Health System is the only public teaching hospital and health care system in Arizona. MIHS includes Maricopa Medical Center, Arizona Burn Center, Arizona Children’s Center, Phoenix Cancer Center, twelve Family Health Centers, two behavioral health centers and four Family Learning Centers.

For more information, visit www.mihs.org.

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