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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers Car Seat Safety Check and Health Clinic for Growing Hispanic Population in Washington Co.


WHO: As many as 50 Hispanic families from western Pennsylvania who attend the Holy Rosary Church in Washington County.

WHAT: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with Team Educators for Child Safety (TECHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), will host the first-ever Hispanic car seat safety check and mobile health clinic in Washington County.

The event is being organized by Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH, founder of a bilingual health care clinic at Children's known as SALUD PARA NIÑOS. Dr. Chaves-Gnecco, car seat safety technicians from TECHS and experts from the AAP's Pennsylvania Chapter will explain to Hispanic families from the region the importance of child passenger safety seats and help properly install the seats. Also, Children's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be on hand at the event to offer free health screenings for Hispanic children.

WHY: Dr. Chaves-Gnecco refers to Pittsburgh's Hispanic and Latino communities as "invisible" because families are spread across the region and not living in one centralized location. It is a community that is growing quickly and in need of improved access to medical care, he said. Southwestern Pennsylvania's Hispanic population grew by 44 percent between 1990 and 2000 (from 12,099 to 17,500), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of that total, 33 percent are under the age of 18.

According to Chaves-Gnecco, a native of Colombia, there are language and cultural barriers that keep Hispanic families from using child passenger safety seats and therefore, many Hispanic children are at an increased risk of injury in vehicle crashes. Many Hispanic families do not understand the importance of child passenger safety seats because speed limits are much lower in their native countries and there are no laws requiring the use of safety seats as there are in the U.S., Dr. Chaves-Gnecco said.

WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005

WHERE: Holy Rosary Church parking lot, 1 Orchard St., Muse, PA 15350-0447

Learn more about Children's bilingual clinic.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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June 17, 2008