Injury Prevention Conference Honors Safety Advocate

By: Kevin Borrup

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital hosted the 1st annual Statewide Injury Prevention Conference on October 3 in an effort raise awareness and promote prevention strategies on a broad range of issues.

Experts from Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center and the Injury Prevention Center at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital presented sessions on topics such as teen driving safety; pedestrian safety; motorcycle safety; urban violence; and opioid abuse.

About 100 experts from around the state attended, including physicians, nurses, social workers, law enforcement personnel and safety advocates.

One of the highlights of the conference came when we presented Sherry Chapman with the Safety Champion Award. Chapman is the co-founder of !MPACT and recently stepped down as president of the organization on October 1.

Chapman lost her son, Ryan, in 2002 in a crash involving a teen driver. Since then, she has dedicated herself to preventing teen motor vehicle crash deaths. Through her efforts, she has been a leading advocate to improve Connecticut’s graduated driver licensing laws.

Chapman accepted the award saying she is honored and humbled to be the recipient. “It is particularly meaningful to be selected for the award by some of the most ardent safety advocates in the state, including children’s hospitals, state agencies and other organizations that promote youth and traffic safety,” said Chapman.

The award will be presented as an annual award to an advocate with a track record of commitment to reducing the risk of injury to children and their families.

The conference and its diverse group of attendees is a testament to importance of prevention in our lives and the importance of partnerships.

Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA, is the associate director of Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center.

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