The Livingston County Department of Health is pleased to announce that two members of the Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC) have received certification as Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Jessica Silvernail, Public Health Assistant, and Samantha Piper, Outreach Worker, were both certified on April 29, 2022. Cornell Cooperative Extension provided the grant funding for the certification. The training course prepared MICHC staff to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly use car seats to ensure children are as safe as possible whenever they are in a vehicle. This includes choosing the right car seat, proper installation, optimal fit guidelines, and when to make adjustments.
National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the certifying body and responsible for managing all aspects of the program. Working in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which develops the course curriculum, and the National Child Passenger Safety Board, which provides guidance and recommendations, the program currently has nearly 33,000 certified technicians across the United States.
Car seat checks are only one of the many services the MICHC program is currently offering to Livingston County residents. Since the renewal of the MICHC grant, staff have also resumed conducting home visits for birth control, pregnancy planning, doula services, and breast/chest feeding in addition to providing referrals for other services offered by the Department of Health and community partners. With passion for serving infants, children, parents, and caregivers, the MICHC staff act as the bridge between Livingston County families and the resources available to them.
For more information about the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training program, visit here. For questions about the MICHC program or other Department of Health services, call 585-243-7299 or visit online.
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