El Paso Health, the only locally operated non-profit health maintenance organization (HMO), will be sponsoring the 2017 Car Seat Safety Program.
“It is important for us to make sure we do something for the community that benefits families,” said Frank Dominguez, CEO of El Paso Health. “El Paso Health serves children and pregnant women so it’s a perfect fit for what we do, day in and day out. Prevention is not just going to the doctor to get immunizations; it means safety.”
The monthly clinics, coordinated by the University Medical Center (UMC) Foundation, distribute free car seats, instruct families with Child Passenger Safety Education and evaluate children for safe travel.
Just last month, El Paso Health presented the UMC Foundation Volunteer Corps with a $60,000 donation to fund the three year program.
Since the car seat safety program began in September of 2015, the UMC Foundation has provided 2,153 new car seats to families in the El Paso community; 2,404 children have been evaluated for safe travel; 1,426 families have been instructed regarding child passenger safety education and 1,162 car seats have been destroyed and deemed no longer safe.
El Pasoans are invited to schedule an appointment for a car seat check by contacting Carolyn Williams, UMC Volunteer Corps Program Manager, at 915-521-7229, ext. 8052 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.