Jerry Reed is the director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at EDC. SPRC collaborates with other organizations to develop tools and training programs for practitioners and community advocates. SPRC also serves as a clearing-house for information and resources based on best practices.
EDC’s Anara Guard offers a proposal to daycare centers and preschools: mandate a call-in policy so parents and providers can be alerted if a child is absent. The proposal seeks to prevent the 30-40 child suffocation deaths that occur each year when children are left behind in a vehicle.
EDC collaborates with the University of California, Berkeley, to develop youth worker safety training materials for students, teachers, and businesses that hire teenagers. Chris Miara conducted trainings in New Jersey, the Virgin Islands, and Georgia on youth and workplace hazards.
TEACH-VIP E-Learning presents a comprehensive list of topics to online learners, including injury prevention, measuring injuries and violence, and policy development and advocacy, as well as problem-specific content and self-assessments.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) has appointed Jerry Reed, former executive director of SPANUSA, who will lead its policy and professional development activities in suicide prevention, and serve as Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
No one knows how frequently children are left unattended in vehicles, but each year, several dozen young children across the U.S. die in parked motor vehicles from heat-related causes. There is no typical family affected by these tragedies. They occur to children whose parents are wealthy, and those who are not. They affect two-parent families, and those in which a parent is in jail or deployed overseas. Many of the children were strapped in their child safety seats when they died, indicating that parents were compliant with laws intended to protect their children.
With school shootings, prescription drug abuse, childhood depression, and other signs of youth distress making headlines, schools are grappling with mental health issues in ways they never have before. As director of the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention at EDC, Deborah Haber helps districts across the country develop effective health programs and policies.
Larry Lewis rarely appears in the limelight. Sometimes
he gets written up in a local Michigan newspaper, but he certainly
doesn’t seek it out. Ask him about his work, and he’ll tell you that
the truly inspiring work is being done by his wife, who has been a
clinician for as long as he’s been a community organizer. Try to steer
him back to his work, and he names everyone on his team and describes
them all as indispensable.
Colleges and universities nationwide are working continually to keep
safe the nearly 16 million students who live and learn on their
campuses. Events such as the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech and the
renewed debate about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 have made
the discussions about campus health and safety issues more urgent than ever.
In a remote mountain village in Northern Laos, a crowd of 150 people gathers one evening. Many have traveled by foot from neighboring villages, eager to watch a new video drama featuring local Akha people. The topic this evening is sexually transmitted
What’s the safest position for a napping infant? Which immunizations should a preschooler receive? How can you tell whether a cut requires stitches? For those who work in child care programs, vital health-related questions like these occur daily. Yet, many child care providers lack knowledge in basic health and safety issues. To fill this need, centers often engage child care health consultants (CCHCs), who bring up-to-date information to staff.
According to the U.S. Armed Forces Medical
Examiner, suicide is the third leading cause of death within the armed forces, behind accidents and illness. To help clinicians better assess and manage suicide risk, the U.S. Air Force awarded the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Training Institute at EDC a contract to train 1,300 clinicians at 45 Air Force installations around the world.
When someone has attempted suicide, they and their loved ones need assistance coping, recovering, and moving forward after treatment in an emergency department (ED). ED physicians often also need information and resources in order to provide the best care possible for these patients. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) in EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs (HHD) has created three brochures to help with the healing process.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Training Institute at Education Development Center, Inc. a contract to conduct workshops for Air Force personnel on ways to assess and manage the risk of suicide.
Concerned about dating abuse among American teenagers, U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) held a Washington press conference this spring to announce national distribution of Love Is Not Abuse, a curriculum developed by EDC for Liz Claiborne, Inc. Created by EDC’s Christine Blaber, with input from educators and a national advisory board, the program helps ninth graders recognize, respond to, and seek help for their friends and peers who may be victims of abuse.
“In our business, injuries are not accidents and can often be prevented,” says EDC’s Chris Miara, associate director of the Children’s Safety Network (CSN), a national resource center for child and adolescent injury and violence prevention. For 15 years, CSN has assisted state and local agencies in building capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate their prevention efforts in such areas as motor vehicle, bicycle, and playground safety; poison and fire hazards; and child abuse and neglect.
School violence, terrorism, and natural disasters are all crises that have the potential to affect school-aged children. With advanced planning, schools and communities can actively prepare to respond quickly to catastrophic events, and in many cases prevent them from ever happening. To help with this process, EDC’s National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NCMHPYVP) is working with its school- and community-based grantees to create the systems and infrastructure to prevent, prepare for, and respond to crisis situations.