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

If you have received a child passenger safety citation, the Safe Kids Pitt County diversion program provides education sessions in return for dismissal of the ticket. This program is available on the second and fourth Friday of each month at Winterville Fire/Rescue from 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Bring your ticket, the child, an age/weight appropriate child safety seat and your drivers license. The cost is $30 (cash only) and appointments are not necessary.

People who need a child safety seat can purchase one at Winterville Fire/Rescue at this same time (second and fourth Friday of the month, from 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 4:30 pm). Rear facing convertible and forward facing harness seats are available for $60 each. High back booster seats are available for $30 each. No appointments are necessary.

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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

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. This project serves nine counties in eastern North Carolina.

Eastern Carolina Rural Teen Safe Driving Initiative

This partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund seeks to reduce injuries and fatalities among teen drivers in eastern North Carolina. The program will be highlighted at community teen safe driving programs such as the SADD Summit and Countdown 2 Drive parent-teen safe driving program. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program features an interactive Online Academy that serves as a resource for parents and teen drivers (www.drivingskillsforlife.com). Safe driving events will target teens and their parents within our nine-hospital system.

Download the Parent-Teen Safe Driving agreement.
Learn more about the Parent Supervised Driving Program.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
This peer-led program is active in Pitt County middle and high schools.  Approximately 1,900 SADD club members attend monthly meetings and participate in activities that focus on identifying and reversing destructive decisions.  Several schools have formed support groups. A SADD Summit is held in the spring, and students have presented program successes at local and state conferences.

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.

Additional Resources

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

Our Location: Doctor’s Park #2

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