Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant
Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time
VALDOSTA – All 10 of South Health District’s health departments have been awarded the 2024 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. South Health District serves Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes Tift and Turner Counties.
Through the Mini-Grant, South Health District and our local partners work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families across our district. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved over 437 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Dr. Mark Eanes, District Health Director. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”
In Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes Tift and Turner Counties, health department staff educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 113 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
Contact your local health department for more information about the car seat program. For more information on how to contact your local health department, visit our website www.southhealthdistrict.com.