October 2022 Young Children Newsletter
Good morning fellow Kiwanians!
I am the New England District Chair for YOUNG CHILDREN. This program focuses on the needs of young children with an emphasis on infants and youngsters ages 0 to 8.
I have been your District Chair for 11 years, and I am passionate about educating new parents to promote optimal health and brain development in their babies along with preventing trauma in their lives.
This month I am focusing on materials available from:
KIWANIS PEDIATRIC TRAUMA INSTITUTE (KPTI) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. You may have heard that Tufts Children’s Hospital has ended its trauma services. This is true BUT the Kiwanis Foundation of New England’s trauma prevention and community education programs will continue next year. Tufts’ administrators indicated that the programs offered through KPTI are valuable and necessary so a contract has been signed to continue services through
KPTI from October 1, 2022-September 30, 2023. The Early Childhood Injury Prevention Kits, Bike Rodeo materials, Cubby Bears, Bike Helmet program, and other printed educational materials will be available to Kiwanis Clubs in our District. Research will also continue at Tufts with grant money from KFNE. Your Club may continue to order materials without interruption. And I encourage your Club to continue its Annual Gift to KFNE as well as purchasing Red Jackets as these actions pay for KPTI’s programs. To learn more about KPTI and order materials and Red Jackets go to kpti.com.
A valuable project available from Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) in Boston is:
First Aid/ CPR Chart
This chart is provided by the American Association of Pediatric available to KPTI. One side provides Choking/CPR for INFANTS UNDER ONE YEAR and another section covers CPR/CHOKING for children ONE TO EIGHT YEARS. The First AID/CPR Chart is a large 11″ x 17″ wall chart includes first aid guidance on one side – choking/CPR guidance on the other. Topics include burns, scalds, fractures, sprains, head injuries, poisons, skin wounds, stings and bites, and infants/child CPR. For Kiwanis clubs to be distributed to pediatrician’s offices, parenting groups and also can be handed out at club events for the public.
Many more materials are available online at kpti.org under Community Programs and an Order Form is also available on this website.
I am YOUR District Chair. Please feel free to contact me with questions. And please share with me any Young Children projects you are doing this year.
Finally, I hope to see you at Conferences and other District happenings in the near future.
Ava Adams, District Chair
Young Children Committee
Scarborough Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis
email: [email protected]