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Vanderbilt: Safe Kids Cumberland Valley Receives Advocacy Impact Award

Led by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Safe Kids Cumberland Valley received the Impact Award for Advocacy for its work to protect children from preventable injuries.

The recognition at the Safe Kids Worldwide International Childhood Injury Prevention Convention highlighted the work of coalition members Ms. Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager and Safe Kids Cumberland Valley coordinator and Dr. Alex Diamond, associate professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics and director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) at Children’s Hospital.

Safe Kids Cumberland Valley was selected from more than 400 coalitions from around the country by peer coalitions. It was among more than 70 nominees.

“Every day we come to work with the goal of serving our families and keeping our children safe,” said Ms. Unni. “We are truly humbled to receive this award from Safe Kids Worldwide. We are so fortunate as Safe Kids Cumberland Valley to have coalition partners that are truly passionate and invested in child safety and injury prevention. They do not hesitate to share their knowledge and collaborate across the board so that we can expand our reach.”

Ms. Unni said Diamond is an example of the kind of coalition partner who has made a huge impact when it comes to youth sports safety in Tennessee.

“As an organization creating positive change for child safety in so many ways across the world, it is truly an honor for us to be recognized by Safe Kids for our work we are doing here in Nashville,” said Dr. Diamond.

The three-day conventions drew more than 500 safety professionals from the U.S. and countries around the world to collaborate on efforts to enhance the safety of children on the road, at home and at play.

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