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Washington County Car Seat Program. Elizabeth St. John, B.S. Health Educator, Certified Car Seat Technician Washington County Public Health 415 Lower Main Street Hudson Falls, NY 12839 Phone: (518) 746-2400 Fax: (518) 746-2410 estjohn@co.washington.ny.us. Washington County.

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washington county car seat program

Washington CountyCar Seat Program

Elizabeth St. John, B.S.

Health Educator, Certified Car Seat Technician

Washington County Public Health

415 Lower Main Street

Hudson Falls, NY 12839

Phone: (518) 746-2400

Fax: (518) 746-2410

estjohn@co.washington.ny.us

washington county
Washington County

Located in rural Northeastern NY

Population: 61,042

82 Miles long

14-26 Miles wide

car seat program
Car Seat Program

Two Programs:

Car Seat Distribution

Provides low income families living in Washington County a new seat for a donation of $10.00

Car Seat Check

Community event open to residents and non-residents that have already have a seat.

car seat distribution
Car Seat Distribution

*Established in 1996 with 40 seats provided by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and has grown to provide over 200 seats.

*1999- 43

*2000- 43

*2001- 83

*2002- 179

*2003- 197

*2004- 202

*2005- 234

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Car Seat Distribution

Addresses the issue of misuse.

90% of child safety seats are used improperly.

The program addresses this by providing instruction and demonstration.

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Car Seat Distribution

Collaboration is Key:

*GTSC Grant provides $$$ for seats.

*Public Health provides the in-kind staff time.

*Other agencies, especially WIC, promote the program and we reciprocate by promoting their programs to clients.

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Car Seat Distribution

Eligibility:

*Must be a Parent or Guardian.

* Must be a Washington County Resident.

*Must participate in any of these or similar programs:

WIC Community Maternity Services

Medicaid Food Stamps

Public Assistance Free/Reduced School Lunches

Head Start Social Security

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Car Seat Distribution

Process:

*Families call Public Health.

*Callers are screened for eligibility.

Name, residency, income eligibility, each child’s name, age, weight.

*Appointments are scheduled.

Appointments are scheduled as needed, taking into consideration the

client’s and technician’s schedule.

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Car Seat Distribution

Appointment:

*Explanation

*Demonstration

*Client Installation

*Paperwork

Before leaving the client must complete the required paperwork.

This includes demographic information, child’s name, age, weight, and a waiver of liability.

car seat check
Car Seat Check

Community Events:

*Two community events each year, checking up to 40 seats per check.

Office Appointments:

*Similar to the process of a distribution appointment, accept that the client must already have a seat and checklist paperwork is used.

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Car Seat Check

Community Events:

*Open to the public.

*No appointment necessary.

*Hosting agency gives us a place to set up and volunteers.

*Newspapers provide free advertising in their community calendar and some provide a feature story.

*Technicians from throughout the area come out to help with the check. It usually takes between 4-8 techs and additional volunteers to run a check.

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Car Seat Check

*Participants pull up in their vehicle.

*Seats are checked for misuse.

Technicians use a checklist and look at child in the seat and check for proper harness use, tightness in the vehicle, etc. Next the seat is pulled out of the vehicle. The technicians check the make and model to make sure the seat has not been recalled by the manufacturer. The technicians go over the whole seat and instruct parent on proper use and installation and correct any misuse.

*Participants help install seat before leaving.

questions
Questions?

Elizabeth St. John, B.S.

Health Educator, Certified Car Seat Technician

Washington County Public Health

415 Lower Main Street

Hudson Falls, NY 12839

Phone: (518) 746-2400

Fax: (518) 736-2410

estjohn@co.washington.ny.us