Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse Announces Comprehensive Educational and Awareness Campaign to Work Toward Eliminating Child Abuse in Kentucky and Indiana
LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 16, 2012): A new group, the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse, today announced a comprehensive educational and awareness campaign to work toward eliminating child abuse in Kentucky and Indiana.
At this morning’s announcement, made in a packed lobby at Kosair Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville, the group said it planned to partner with the news media and other groups in Kentucky and Indiana to provide educational and awareness materials for eliminating child abuse. The group’s toolkit items that will be available to the news media and any other interested groups and persons include a 14-minute video; a 30-minute TV documentary; tips for eliminating child abuse; op-ed columns; Public Service Announcements and Advertisements; and others.
Each year in Kentucky between 30 and 40 children die from child abuse and neglect, with another 30 to 60 near fatalities, ranking the state among the worst in the nation. Indiana has had similar challenges in recent years.
“We will be working with the news media and organizations in both states that share a passion for protecting children,” said Stephen Wright, M.D., chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse and medical director of Kosair Children’s Hospital. “There is much need for education and awareness. People need to know that child abuse does not in any way discriminate and that anyone is capable of ‘losing it’ when caring for a crying infant.”
At today’s event, the crowd heard from two Louisville-area families whose lives have been forever altered by child physical abuse. Ebony Carson’s 15-month-old son, Cornell, sustained serious brain and physical injuries when he was shaken and beaten by Ebony’s boyfriend in October 2011. Kara Mellick’s 9-month-old daughter, Karlie, died in 2009 when she was shaken and beaten by Kara’s friend and neighbor.
The Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse was founded earlier this year by Kentucky’s two children’s hospitals and three medical schools, including Kosair Children’s Hospital, UofL Pediatrics – Forensic Medicine, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky – Department of Pediatrics, and University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since its founding, the group has also been adding, and continues to add, many partner organizations that deal with child abuse issues.
Also at today’s announcement event, Indiana officials announced their participation in the effort, including Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health; Indiana University School of Medicine, Section of Child Protection Programs; and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. This means that the Partnership now includes the four children’s hospitals and four medical schools in Kentucky and Indiana.
“When you consider that our group includes organizations that at times are direct competitors, it is indeed impressive that, in the effort to eliminate child abuse, we are united as one,” Dr. Wright said.