September 3, 2013
Originally published Feb. 27, 2012
Out of more than 600 state and local Safe Kids Coalition Coordinators throughout the United States, Christy Hubbard, Coordinator of Safe Kids Columbus, Georiga, was recently recognized as Outstanding Local Coordinator, one of the coveted Safe Kids Champion Awards. Christy Hubbard received the award from Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.
"Our staff in Washington relies on the dedicated, passionate and inspiring people at the local level who take our injury prevention messages out into their own communities," said Carr. "As a grassroots organization, we would not be able to deliver vital safety knowledge to parents and caregivers everywhere without our network of coalitions. Hubbard and Safe Kids Columbus are key ingredients to our success."
Safe Kids Columbus is a member of Safe Kids USA, one of 20 Safe Kids Worldwide member countries with a mission of preventing unintentional childhood injury. The award for 'Outstanding Local Coordinator' reflects Christy's ability to help Safe Kids Columbus conduct successful, hands-on child safety programs that reach many throughout Columbus's community. In 2011, Safe Kids Columbus' many accomplishments included: developing the 1st Annual Baby Expo that served 4,000 expectant parents and children, expanded Helmet Distributions by creating sponsorships serving approximately 2,000 parents and children, became a United Way Grantee, expanded Car Seat program to Martin Army as well as added additional class for children in NICU at Columbus Regional, created a Water Safety Expo, and initiated a Photo Journalism project with Girls Incorporated to promote Pedestrian Safety. Thus far in 2011, they have educated approximately 18,000 people with child safety messages.
"Every local Safe Kids coalition has saved countless lives. To be singled out of such a caring group of advocates is a huge vote of confidence for the work that Safe Kids Columbus does every day," said Hubbard. "I feel quite honored to be able to work on behalf of an organization dedicated to saving the lives of children in and around the Columbus area."
The unintentional childhood injury death rate among children ages 14 and under in the U.S. has declined by 51 percent from 1987 to 2010. Carr added, "With the leadership of coordinators like Christy Hubbard, our organization is able to continue our efforts in educating families about the importance of being safe as we work together to eliminate childhood injury worldwide."
Safe Kids Columbus works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Its members include 250 community volunteers from the Columbus Health Department, school systems, Fire Department, Columbus Police Department, Columbus State University, United Way, Columbus Parks and Recreation, Columbus Civic Center, Columbus Regional, and Corporate Companies. Safe Kids Columbus was founded in 1998 and is led by Columbus Department of Public Health.
For more information about Safe Kids Columbus, please call 706-321-6183 or visitwww.safekidscolumbusga.com.