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The Cool Kids Coalition: A Community Effort to Reduce Scald Burn Risk in Children

Corrarino, Jane E. MS, RN; Walsh, Pamela J. MA, RN; Boyle, Mary Lou MS, RN; Anselmo, Donna BA

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: January-February 2000 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 10-17
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The Cool Kids Coalition was initiated as a community response to more than 214 hospitalizations of children under the age of five for burns over a 6-year period in one town ship in Long Island, NY. The coalition was started by public health nurses in partnership with the local chapter of the National Safe Kids Campaign. Goals included: 1. parent education regarding scald burn prevention; 2. development of innovative interventions for those at-risk; and 3. development of innovative community approaches to scald prevention. Coalition members had diverse backgrounds and the coalition integrated nontraditional partners in injury control. The coalition doubled in size due to over-whelming community interest, growing within a few months from an initial group of 15 to a well-represented group of 30. Innovative programs were implemented that reached more than 3,000 parents, both in the community and home. Teaching was conducted with parents in the target population in Head Start centers, homeless shelters, the home, libraries, child care centers, a shelter for teen parents, etc. Member agencies incorporated the booklet and materials into their individual programs. The development of the Cool Kids Coalition illustrates the power of nursing in community health.

Jane E. Corrarino is Assistant Director of Nursing, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Hauppauge, New York where Pamela J. Walsh is a Supervising Public Health Nurse, and Mary Lou Boyle is Director of Nursing.

During the development of the coalition, Donna Anselmo was Chairperson, Suffolk County SAFE KIDS Coalition, University Hospital Medical Center at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

Address correspondence to Jane E. Corrarino, 16 Everett Drive, Yaphank, New York 11980; e-mail: janecorrarino@yahoo.com

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