Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Funds 20 Community Grants Across U.S.

Programs Include Stop the Bleed Training, Child Safety and EMS Education


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2019) – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has chosen 20 pediatric trauma grant projects from various locations across the U.S. to receive funding, following a thorough review process. The recipients of the grants are from 13 different states and their projects address a range of pediatric trauma prevention and safety concerns, such as child passenger safety, sports safety, and Stop the Bleed training for emergency professionals. An urgent care center Sheepshead Bay could use the funding to support a project related to pediatric trauma prevention and safety.


“The Childress Institute is committed to funding education and safety programs that can improve care for children in communities across America,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “Child safety, EMS education, injury prevention, and pediatric trauma care programs are woefully underfunded, yet traumatic injury is the number one killer of kids in the U.S. Results from all of these well-deserving projects could have a collective impact that can save injured children.”


Below is a complete list of the grant recipients:


  • Constance Deering from Los Angeles, for “Brain Health 4Kids”
  • Jacob Hall from Madera, Calif., for “Stop the Bleed Training”
  • Darcie Bentz from Denver, Colo., for “Pediatric Helmet Safety Campaign”
  • Jamie Dugan from Vincennes, Ind., for “Stop the Bleed School Education in 11 Indiana & Illinois Counties”
  • Laci Farmer from Hardinsburg, Ky., for “Child Passenger Safety Program”
  • Stephanie Booza from Clinton Township, Mich., for “Stop the Bleed School Training Program for Macomb Co. Michigan”
  • Michelle Goreth from Jackson, Miss., for “Heads Up Mississippi”
  • Valerie Moody from Missoula, Mont., for “Improving Safety in Youth Sports in Montana”
  • Lindsay Bailey from Chapel Hill, N.C., for “Helmets for Orange County Kids” and “Special Needs Car Seats for UNC Children’s Hospital”
  • Kara Clarke from Concord, N.C., for “Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System”
  • Grant Yarbrough from Wilkesboro, N.C., for “Preventing Heat Illness at Wilkes Central High School”
  • Brandy Cardwell from Winston-Salem, N.C., “Eye In The Sky: Injury Spotter”
  • Salvatore Puglisi, Jr. from Florida, N.Y., for “Teens Stop the Bleed”
  • Laura Strickland from Conway, S.C., for “Motor Vehicle Safety Movement”
  • Gyl Switzer from Austin, Texas, for “Safe Storage Saves Lives”
  • Weston Davis from El Campo, Texas, for “Pediatric ALS Training Mannequin”
  • Gloria Salazar from El Paso, Texas, for “El Paso Borderland Public Health ATV Campaign”
  • Michael Stanford from Leavenworth, Wash., for “Stop The Bleed Kits at Summer Youth Camps and Schools”
  • Deborah Armbruster from De Pere, Wis., for “Bleeding Control Kits”


In May 2019, the Childress Institute announced the availability of funds for community projects focused on improving safety and treatment for pediatric trauma patients. The Institute recently awarded Stop the Bleed grants to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, and Vidant Medical Center. In 2018, community grants were awarded to T.J. Bishop (Handtevy EMS education in Chelan, Washington), Kari Cheezum (Stop the Bleed in Salisbury, Maryland), Keito Ortiz (Stop the Bleed in Jamaica, New York), Splash Medics (water safety in Menifee, California), Team Safe Sports (sports safety in Dallas, Texas), UT Southwestern (head injury education for EMS in Dallas, Texas), and Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Brenner Children’s Hospital (child passenger and bike helmet safety for Winston-Salem, North Carolina).


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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. More than 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit to learn more.