El Paso Health and University Medical Center Foundation (UMCF) hosted a check presentation announcing a $60,000 sponsorship, and a sixth year of partnership between El Paso Health and UMC Foundation for the El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program.
The $60,000 from El Paso Health will fund the 2022-2023 program year for the El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program, managed by UMCF. The sponsorship will allow for the purchase of special needs car seats for children that cannot travel safely in a conventional car seat and fund the program’s free monthly car seat safety events. The events rotate between east, central, and west El Paso to teach parents and caregivers which car seats are appropriate for their child’s age, height, and weight, and how to properly install and utilize the car seat.
During the check presentation, UMCF shared information about the importance of having car seats checked, recent program results, and the program’s commitment to improving safe travel for children in El Paso. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading preventable cause of death for children under 13 years old. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “when installed correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in crash by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.”
“Programs such as the UMCF Car Seat Safety Program have contributed to the safety of thousands of children in our community,” said Jacob Cintron, El Paso County Hospital District President & CEO. “Throughout the District, we understand the importance of car seat safety and we have witnessed the tragic results when safety is absent. El Paso Health’s generosity shows again why we must support each other for the betterment of El Paso families today and tomorrow.”
“The health and safety of our members is the highest priority for El Paso Health. As the only local health plan, we are proud to be the UMC Foundation’s partner in this important initiative for the past six years. We look forward to many more years of working with the UMC Foundation to assist El Pasoans,” said El Paso Health President and CEO Carol Smallwood.
“UMC Foundation is thankful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with El Paso Health to improve safe travel for children in the greater El Paso area,” said Carolyn Williams, UMC Foundation, Program Director, Community Programs. “The El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program empowers parents and caregivers by providing them with child passenger safety education, instruction on car seat installation, and a new car seat if needed. We appreciate the volunteers, Child Passenger Safety Technicians, and community partners that make this program a success.”