Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

December 8, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Safe Kids Kansas Presents 2009 Awards

Topeka KS—Safe Kids Kansas presented their annual awards in a ceremony today at the Kansas National Education Association in Topeka.  The prestigious Dr. Dennis Cooley Award of Excellence, named in honor of pediatrician Dr. Dennis Cooley of Topeka, was presented to Jan Stegelman of Topeka.

Stegelman served as the State Coordinator of Safe Kids Kansas from the program’s inception in 1991 until her retirement in June 2009. In 1991, Stegelman, then a new employee with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, was charged with developing a state injury prevention program. Later that year, an agreement was signed with the National Safe Kids Campaign and a steering committee was formed in Kansas to form a Safe Kids Coalition.  Under her leadership, Safe Kids Kansas expanded to include additional member organizations and local coalitions. Safe Kids Kansas also became a 501c(3) in 2003. 

“We take this opportunity to recognize Jan Stegelman for her outstanding leadership in child safety and for her exceptional contributions in the field of childhood injury prevention in Kansas,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas.
Safe Kids Kansas also honored one local coalition, three individuals and two coalition member organizations.

“These organizations and individuals have made significant contributions to the mission of Safe Kids Kansas, which is preventing accidental injury – the leading killer of our children in Kansas,” said Sage. 

Additional award recipients include:

The Local Coalition of the Year award for 2009 was presented to Safe Kids Geary County for their success in tackling the unique complexities of their ever changing community.  Safe Kids Geary County embraces challenges and coalition members work collaboratively to successfully provide education, training and programs to community members.  Safe Kids Geary County has dedicated time and effort to determine what the needs of their county residents are and determine programs and activities that will work best in their communities. Safe Kids Geary County has strived to ensure individuals have the training they need to educate their population holding both a Poison Control Center train-the-trainer course and CPS recertification class. Safe Kids Geary County works vigorously to prevent accidental injury of children in the county making it worthy of coalition of the year.  The lead agency for Safe Kids Geary County is the Geary County Health Department.      

Service Recognition Awards were presented to three individuals who have worked determinedly to provide injury prevention education to families in Kansas – Sgt. Timothy McCool, Dean Tucker and Emma Kruger.  Serving as Public Resource Officer for Kansas Highway Patrol, Sgt. Timothy McCool is a passionate advocate for safety initiatives across the state.  He is an active child passenger safety technician instructor and has presented innumerous injury prevention messages at schools and community events.  Dean Tucker, former coordinator of Safe Kids Osage County, worked tirelessly to teach parents how to properly restrain their children in child safety seats and provide children with education on the safest way to wear their seat belts.  As a volunteer for Safe Kids Douglas County, Emma Kruger has strived to increase injury prevention efforts in her community through one on one education, presentations, grant writing, serving on committees, and representing Safe Kids Douglas County at local events.

The Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety Award was presented to Huggable Images, Shawnee Mission, for the company’s continued support of childhood injury prevention through advocacy and business acumen.  Huggable Images has traveled the country, giving presentations and exhibiting at conferences and providing a unique product that greatly enhances the ability to educate parents and other caregivers.  Huggable Images is a member organization of Safe Kids Kansas and provides leadership and expertise from a business perspective on the Corporate Advisory Panel.

The Outstanding Coalition Organization Award was presented to State Farm Insurance for its sustained support of Safe Kids Kansas.  State Farm’s financial commitment to wheeled sports safety and vehicle occupant protection as well as partnerships between State Farm agents and local Safe Kids coordinators have enhanced the safety of children in Kansas.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area (including Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties), and the Metro Kansas City Area (including Wyandotte County and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. Safe Kids Kansas was founded in 1991 and the lead agency for the State Coalition is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.