DCF and Community Partners to Launch Groundbreaking Initiative to End Preventable Child Death in Tampa Bay

Media Advisory:
May 14, 2015

DCF and Community Partners to Launch
Groundbreaking Initiative to End Preventable Child Death in Tampa Bay

TAMPA—On May 19 at the Centre Club in Tampa, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and partners including the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Eckerd Community Alternatives, and Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will launch a campaign to eliminate preventable child deaths.

In the past five years, more than 150 local children have tragically died from three causes that are 100 percent preventable: accidental drowning, abusive head trauma and unsafe sleep practices.

The four core partners, along with community leaders, have made a collective commitment to eliminate preventable deaths of Tampa Bay area children. The groundbreaking cross-county behavior change campaign features stark imagery in a context not usually associated with danger to a child to shift thinking about the topic of preventable deaths.

WHAT: Press conference and kick-off of an Initiative to End Preventable Child Death

WHO:

  • DCF Regional Managing Director, Lisa Mayrose
  • Executive Director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Kelley Parris
  • Executive Director of Eckerd Community Alternatives Pinellas/Pasco, Brian Bostick
  • Executive Director of Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas, Dr. Marcie Biddleman

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

WHERE: Centre Club, 123 South West Shore Blvd., Tampa 33609

CONTACT: Natalie Harrell, DCF SunCoast Communications Director, (813) 784-1898.

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