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.
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 myschoolnurse.net.
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.
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.