The Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program, known as ECIPP, was established in 1995 as a joint effort between the Vidant Health Trauma Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Department of Emergency Medicine. This Community Health Program at Vidant Medical Center strives to improve the health of area citizens by reducing the incidence and impact of injuries.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Station

Partnering with Greenville Fire/Rescue and Winterville Fire/Rescue to offer community-wide services, trained technicians check child safety seats for proper installation and give parents education on how to have their children’s seats properly installed.

If you are interested in a child seat check, call Fire/Rescue Station 1 at 329-4390 and ask where a technician is working. One Friday each month, the inspection station is open for families in need of seats. Based on eligibility, families may only have to pay a portion of the seat’s cost. Currently, the cost is $30 per seat. Call your caseworker for eligibility requirements and an appointment.

SAFE KIDS Pitt County

The mission of this coalition is to prevent unintentional injuries to children from birth to 19 years of age. The local Coalition is an affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide and consists of community collaboration between health professionals, law enforcement and parents partnering to prevent children’s injuries. The program serves as a consultant to counties in the region and conducts educational events.

Focus areas include water safety, fire safety, poison safety, EMS Week, bicycle safety, child passenger safety seats, teen safe driving, sports safety and pedestrian safety.

Safe Communities Coalition of Pitt County

Initially funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this is a group of citizens and local agencies that come together to identify traffic problems, and to develop, implement and evaluate interventions to make travel safer in Pitt County. This group also identifies other high risk areas and strives towards the implementation of improvement measures.

The Safe Driving School is a collaborative effort with Pitt Community College and the local District Attorney’s Office that offers citizens an education option that results in a penalty reduction after receiving a traffic citation. The Driver Improvement Course is an eight hour class that targets individuals that receive a speeding citation for speeding 15-25 mph over the speed limit with no other infarctions. The Roadwise Safe Driver Course is a four hour class for individuals over the age of 50 that have received a traffic citation. The AARP Safe Drivers Class is also offered to help drivers refine their driving skills and develop safe defensive driving techniques. This class is free and there are no test.

Sports Safety Prevention Program

Over 46.5 million children participate in organized sports each year in the United States. Unfortunately, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. The urgency for sports safety prevention triggered the ECIPP to implement sports safety outreach throughout Pitt County, after the tragic death of Jaquan Waller. Waller was a star football player at J.H. Rose High School and died of “second impact syndrome” due to swelling of the brain before the first head injury healed properly.

The Sports Safety Prevention Program (SSPP) was first implemented in Spring 2012 as a pilot program at A.G. Cox Middle School in Winterville NC. The pilot program began as an assembly where over 230 sixth grade students came together in the gym to learn various sports safety prevention topics from health professionals. Currently, the SSPP reaches over 1,700 students each year. Our current program offers sports safety educational clinics which covers the following topics: concussion awareness, proper hydration, training and conditioning, acute and overuse injury prevention, emergency response, and positive play.

Active Routes to School Project

Active Routes to School is a North Carolina Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project supported by a partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Division of Public Health. The goal of the project is to increase the number of North Carolinians that meet the physical activity recommendations by increasing the number of elementary and middle school students who safely walk and bike to or at school.

Teen Safe Driving

Our Teen Safe Driving initiative consist of various peer-to-peer, interactive, sensory driven programs, along with the goal of increasing seat belt use and reducing risky behaviors, alcohol-related crashes, and fatalities, among students in Eastern North Carolina. PittCo is a student-led program that focuses on four risk areas: distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding and alcohol use. Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person (VIP for a VIP) brings together the different local agencies impacted by teen fatalities to present a dramatic crash reenactment and the realities of bad decisions and motor vehicle crashes. Countdown to Drive is a program for parents of teen drivers that equips families with knowledge and skills needed to establish and reinforce restrictions regarding high-risk driving behaviors. The goal of this program is to break down barriers between parents and teen drivers, and promote open conversations.

Falls Prevention

Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury, and more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Despite the startling statistics, there are many inexpensive home modifications that can be done to prevent falls. Remembering When is a multi-agency fire and falls prevention program that assesses homes for fire and falls risks, and makes “on the spot” modifications as needed. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program focuses on balance, falls prevention, and non-pharmacological treatment of arthritis through 8 week classes offered to the community.

Brain Minders Puppet Shows

Traumatic Brain Injuries constitute almost half-a-million emergency department visits annually by children aged 0 to 14 years. Many of these injuries are related to not wearing a safety helmet. Brain Minder Puppet Shows target pre-K and kindergarten age children by educating on the following injury prevention and safety topics: pedestrian safety, helmet safety, playground safety, bike safety, and child passenger safety.

For more information, contact Sue Anne Everette Pilgreen, MSN, RN, CPN – Program Manager or Dr. Shannon Longshore-Medical Director at 252-847-8688.

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