Community Benefits

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Take a Child to the Doctor Day

For thousands of children in the Birmingham region, September means heading back to school to start a new year. For physicians Tina Simpson, M.D., and Stephenie Wallace, M.D., as well as countless other volunteers, September also means participating in the annual Take a Child to the Doctor Day coordinated by the City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services. This annual event serves hundreds of uninsured and underinsured children by offering free vision, dental and general health screenings. From free booster seats provided by Alabama Safe Kids to asthma education, Drs. Wallace and Simpson and their colleagues make going to the doctor at the start of each new school year a little more fun.

Girlology and Guyology

2016 saw continued growth of Girlology and Guyology  programming at Children’s. These nationally-recognized programs offer medically accurate, age-appropriate education puberty education for kids and parents delivered with cringe-free candor. Children’s believes these conversations create a foundation that keeps lines of communication open between parent and kids as adolescents grow into young adults. Children’s has pediatricians trained as both Girlology and Guyology instructors and holds programs throughout the year.

Child Safety Outreach

On average, Children’s saw four ATV accidents each month in 2016. From ATV and motor vehicle accidents to accidental poisonings and incorrectly installed car seats, child safety is a critical mission of the hospital. Leading the charge for safety in our communities are Alabama Safe Kids, Think First, Teen Trauma Prevention, Alabama LifeStart and Children’s own Patient Health and Safety Information office. 2016 saw a focus on establishing new Alabama Safe Kids partnerships statewide.

Partners in KidsHealth

Children’s produces a monthly video and e-newsletter related to a safety, advocacy and/or health promotion topic, and distributes it to 6,000 parents, school nurses and media outlets across the state. Recent topics include nutrition during the holidays, energy drinks, swimmer’s ear and talking to kids about the news. Additional outlets include Children’s social media, the hospital’s video boards and televisions at American Family Care Centers across the state.

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‘Concussion’ Movie Screening

The Concussion Task Force at Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner Carmike Cinemas hosted a private screening of the Will Smith movie “Concussion” in January. “Concussion” is based on the true story of Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovered the link between brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and football. Following the screenings, a panel discussion commenced among Children’s physicians, former NFL players and community physicians and partners on the Concussion Task Force.

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Children's Family Night

More than 700 employees and their families attended Children’s Family Night in April at Regions Field, where the Birmingham Barons took on the Tennessee Smokies. Guests were treated to free admission and ballpark food. The annual event is sponsored by Children’s Human Resources Department in conjunction with Corporate Communications and Marketing.

Community Events

Special Needs Expo

Children’s sponsored the sixth annual Birmingham Parent Magazine Special Needs Expo in March. The free event included more than 55 vendors, giving families the opportunity to learn about products, groups, activities, health care and other services for children and adults with special needs.

Childhood Cancer Survivorship Event

The third annual Childhood Cancer Survivorship Event was held in June at Regions Field. About 100 patients and their family members attended to watch the Birmingham Barons baseball game while enjoying good food and games. Lane Clark, a survivor, threw out the first pitch.

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School Nurse Workshop

In June and July, Children’s hosted its seventh annual School Nurse Workshop, where hundreds of school nurses from across the state receive hands-on training in clinical skills and new advancements in the care of illness, injuries and other health challenges among students. The workshop is presented in collaboration with the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Alabama State Department of Education and led by physicians, nurses and social workers. Skills topics include catheterizations, pediatric assessment, intravenous (IV) insertion, insulin pumps and carbohydrate counting. Other topics discussed include asthma, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, autism and orthopedic injuries. Year-round, school nurses also participate in Children’s monthly webinars available at


Children’s partnered with Alabama Baby & Child Magazine to sponsor the 11th annual Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Tour in August. The family-friendly event provides local resources for expecting parents, new parents and growing families with young children. Experts from eight Children’s departments, including Hearing and Speech, the CHIPS Center, Allergy and Immunology, Safe Kids Alabama, Patient Health and Safety Information, the Regional Poison Control Center and Early Intervention, were on hand to discuss questions.


In a continued effort to expand services to Alabama’s growing Hispanic population, Children’s was a sponsor the 14th annual Fiesta in October at Birmingham’s Linn Park. Fiesta is the state’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage. Members of our Patient Relations and Language Services departments distributed child health literature to attendees.

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Teen Driving Summits

The number of Alabama teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes is the fifth highest in the nation. To address this frightening statistic, Children’s, State Farm Insurance, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Safe Kids Alabama and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) partnered to host three one-day UR KEYS 2 DRV teen driver safety summits in Bessemer, Montgomery and Florence in October and November. Nearly 600 students from 41 schools attended. UR KEYS 2 DRV, funded via a grant from State Farm, is designed to offer an interactive educational experience. Students heard from keynote speaker Mike Lutzenkirchen, whose son, former Auburn University football standout Philip Lutzenkirchen, was killed in a drunk driving accident. The students also rotated among breakout sessions to discuss safety-related topics, including the Alabama Graduated Driver License Law, drinking and driving, texting and driving, and other distractions. A driving simulator provided a valuable hands-on learning experience and a simulated trauma showed students what happens when a crash victim is brought to the emergency room.