FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Stephen, Gruchacz, Department Administrator
(973) 579-0559 ext. 1227
Public Health Nurses Take It To The Streets
(Newton, N.J., April 16, 2007) April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As part of the Take It To The Street program, the Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing will be on-site at the Wal-Mart store in Franklin on Friday, April 20, 2007, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide education and information about child abuse. The presentation will include:
- A display exhibit with information on understanding child abuse and neglect, including prevention and reporting.
- A short video about preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome. This behavior is a serious form of child abuse.
- Participation in the Prevent Child Abuse “Blue Ribbon” campaign. Public health nurses will offer blue ribbons for people to wear if they desire. The blue ribbon campaign began in Virginia in 1989 and is observed each year during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The blue ribbon raises awareness about the need to protect children from abuse. Over 300,000 blue ribbon cards are distributed in New Jersey each year.
“Never shake a baby. You are bigger and stronger; you can cause permanent damage or kill a baby in a few seconds. Babies do not do things that deserve maltreatment. Through community education, we hope that caregivers will learn that there are safe ways for them to deal with feelings of frustration and anger,” stated Ellen Phelps, Public Health Nursing Supervisor.
Public health education is the focus of the Take It To The Street program. The goal of this program is to provide residents with public health education in their communities as they go about daily activities. For more information, please contact Ellen Phelps, Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing at 973-948-5239 or visit www.sussex.nj.us/nursing .