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.
substance abuse, unprotected sex, and related risky behaviors take a
tragic toll on the lives of individuals and their communities. To
prevent these risks, we must first understand the factors and
circumstances that contribute to risk-taking. EDC’s Center for Research
on High Risk Behaviors (RHRB) conducts a variety of research projects
that develop, evaluate, and disseminate effective interventions for
reducing health risks.
Most of the 80 percent of teens who work enjoy a positive and enriching experience. However, teenagers in the workplace may be at risk for injuries on the job due to inadequate safety training, unsafe equipment, and stressful environments.
Responding to new data that reveals “deep and troubling” findings about dating abuse among U.S. teens, Senators Mike Crapo and Hillary Rodham Clinton are joining with Liz Claiborne Inc. Chairman and CEO, Paul R. Charron to announce the national distribution of the curriculum, Love Is Not Abuse, developed with EDC. The program is designed to help teens understand and prevent teen dating abuse and violence. During the week of April 24th, Love Is Not Abuse will be taught in over 365 schools in 37 states reaching more than 33,000 students.
Too often, pedestrian
injuries are seen as
Alerta/Stay Alert aims
to show children, their
caregivers, and drivers how
and why pedestrian injuries
and deaths are preventable.
Program materials are in
the form of a “photo
novella,” or a brief story
with photos, and were developed for the Latino population
of three Massachusetts communities—Holyoke, Chicopee,
and Springfield—with funding from the AAA Foundation
for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In September 2004, a 22-month-old boy climbed into an
unlocked, parked car. The boy’s mother left for work,
thinking he was playing next door. The outside temperature
was 86 degrees, and the child died of hyperthermia.
In announcing a new city pedestrian safety program today, the Mayor’s office of Holyoke, Massachusetts unveiled materials developed by EDC, along with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The materials, Mantengase Alerta/Stay Alert, aim to educate children, their caregivers, and drivers about averting pedestrian injury and death.
In response to the prevalence of teen dating abuse and the importance of the issue described by teens themselves, Liz Claiborne, Inc. has funded EDC to create a high school curriculum, the Love Is Not Abusecurriculum, to educate and provide support and guidance to teens.
Increasing numbers of people in different walks of life and professional roles are being confronted with the need to help others who are contemplating or attempting suicide as awareness and understanding of depression and suicide is growing. Friends, family members, teachers, and mental health and health care professionals are among the many people who are concerned about how they can prevent the suicide of someone they know.
Incidents of heat-related death of young children in parked vehicles are not isolated events. They occur throughout the warm months each year in the United States. About three-quarters of these deaths are due to adults leaving children unattended, either intentionally or unintentionally. Now, for the first time, a peer-reviewed study has been published that documents the circumstances under which young children die in parked motor vehicles.