Volume 2 | September 2020
Monthly News & Updates
September Awareness
Children Cancer Awareness Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Awareness Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month
Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
CT EMSC would like to take a moment to offer a huge THANK YOU to all who have a hand in getting Connecticut’s children back to school and back to online learning in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Administrators, teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and our school nurses are just some of people working tirelessly to keep children learning, well nourished, and socializing (though at a distance) with their peers. Click the link to see some of the great work school nurses have been doing since the start the Covid pandemic began.

Members of Connecticut Communities are also stepping up to keep kids safe. One such organization is Masks 4 Schools, a branch off of Masks 4 Heroes and Masks 4 CT has been making its way across CT. Bob and Amy Stefanowski and the Jewish Federations of New Haven purchased multitudes of cloth masks for children, inviting families to come and pick up 2 free masks per child to get help get them back to the classroom. Current evidence shows that the masks are helping, and the hope is that children can get back to a somewhat normal routine while staying safe and keeping their home and community safe from any exposures as well. The caravan hit Waterbury, CT on August 19 with the help of local Belle Academy Beauty School owner Michael Cervillino. Mike got involved when he sponsored meals for first responders and hospitals at the height of the Covid outbreak in CT and he has no intention of looking back. With WFSB’s Scott Haney, 99.1 WPLR, and the leaders and children of the Waterbury Police Activities League (PAL) in attendance, it made for a festive atmosphere, all with a like-minded goal – keeping kids safe. Victoria also attended the Torrington mask event, bringing some “elves” who really enjoyed volunteering, even if it was so they could get back to school J Events were also held in Wallingford, Hartford, and Danbury, with other towns in the planning stages. CT EMSC would like to acknowledge and thank all involved in helping our healthcare heroes and children get closer to their usual routines while maintaining safety. For more information please their website.
Please take a look at these back to school and back to sports resources. Pass these along as we help children safely settle into a new school year.

Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children Webinar Series
Planning and Packing for Back-To-School Checklist
Healthy Restart School Playbook
Connecticut Guide to Learning & Growing Together
We would also like to highlight Connecticut’s own EMSC Family Advisory Network Co-chair, Nanfi Lubogo. Nanfi was featured in the August 26, 2020 EMSC issue of Pulse, the newsletter of the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center. Please take some time to read her article “Racial Inequalities and Healthcare Disparities – Spotlight on the Family. Nanfi works tirelessly in support of CT families and also serves on several national initiatives and we are proud and fortunate to have her as part of our CT EMSC Team. Nanfi, thank you for all you do!!
Special Message to Parents

Keeping Babies Safe (English)
Keeping Babies Safe (Spanish)

Children with Special Needs

How to Talk to Autistic Children about COVID

Mental Health Issues in Children During COVID - Tip Sheet

SBAR Risk of Physical Child Abuse

Intimate Partner Violence (Telemedicine Script)

Impact on Children

Talking to Your Children

Talking to Children about Racism, Police, and Protests

Upcoming Events
Registration Form
Registration is now open...
1st Annual Hartford HealthCare EMS Symposium
being held both in-person and virtually
Saturday, September 26th
at the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation
located on the Hartford Hospital campus

If you are interested in attending,you will need to pre-register. Please click on the Registration photo (on left) or the Conference Schedule photo (on right) for additional information.
Conference Schedule
We are in the midst of planning our fourth cohort of the PEM ECHO! Topics previously covered: pediatric orthopedic injuries, Diagnosis and Management of Abdominal Pain, Bronchiolitis, Respiratory Support in Non-intubated Child with Respiratory Failure, Management of the Febrile Young Infant in 2019 , Managing The Pediatric Airway, valuation and Management of Pediatric Seizures, Sedation and Analgesia in Acutely Ill Children, The Neonate with Heart Disease: Initial ED Presentation, Pediatric Trauma Tips on When to Worry, When not to Worry (and how to sort it out), Diabetes Ketoacidosis in Pediatrics, Behavioral Health Emergency, and Neonatal Emergencies.

This year's series opener:
Monday, September 14th 1-2pm - Topic: Racial Bias and Evaluation for Child Abuse

For free access to recorded webinars, handouts and slides to share with your team, click the link.

If you would like to be involved in the next PEM Series, please contact Dr. Michael Goldman.
PEPP Courses
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