By Sam B. Cooper III, LMSW-IPR
I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer months and finding some time for yourselves and your families. I can't think of a better way to relax than to find a shady spot, have a cool drink, and review the latest copy of Pulse! Our members, partners and staff have pulled together a variety of items for this issue that are focused on child health.
Obviously, during these months when we are encouraging our little ones to explore and engage with the great outdoors, focusing on injury prevention and safety is critical. I won't mention any specific names, but I have it on good authority that before the days of seatbelt use and child safety locks, a rambunctious five-year-old "helped" his little sister get a better view of Yellowstone National Park by boosting her out the back of the family station wagon. Thankfully, and amazingly, no serious injuries occurred. How quick and inventive are these little humans that are dependent on the care of their families and communities.
Everyone has a role in supporting efforts to prevent water-related injuries, hyperthermia, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and other threats to our children. Thank you for the work that you do every day to protect and to improve the health of the children in your area. A special note of gratitude is sent for those responsible for developing and reviewing the Title V MCH Services Block Grant report and applications that were submitted in July. The funding through the federal-state partnership that supports the work of MCH programs and partners throughout the country makes this a safer and healthier place to grow up.
P.S. The five-year-old was eventually forgiven by his little sister.