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Texas Health Resources' mission is fulfilled daily through the Community Health Improvement Department, which works to improve health outcomes in the community by developing sustainable, strategically aligned data-driven projects.
The Child Automobile Safety Initiative (CASI) strives to educate and raise community awareness about child passenger safety and the risk of unintentional injury from motor vehicle collisions. CASI was created to address the increasing need to provide educational resources about child passenger safety as well as providing child safety seats to caregivers in order to reduce the risk of unintentional injury from motor vehicle collisions.
Child fatalities have declined in the past decade, however, motor vehicle collisions remain the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. This statistic could be greatly improved through the correct and consistent use of child safety seats which have been found to provide the best protection for all children up to age 8.
CASI seeks to educate and raise community awareness through four major program components:
- Community-based education,
- School-based education,
- Community Fitting Stations located at Texas Health facilities and,
- Training and education for staff that allow for greater community presence and educational opportunities provided to the people in the communities we serve.