Capes and Crowns

Mother Nature was the supervillain last Saturday during our Capes and Crowns 5K/1K fun run and walk. The rain started as we began to set up and continued throughout the 5K. I was happy to see that a majority of the runners, both young and old, dressed as their favorite superhero or princess. Everyone was in good spirits despite the weather. I want to thank everyone who supported the race and made it a success, especially our sponsors. The Cutco Foundation was our diamond sponsor, our gold sponsor was Dresser-Rand, silver sponsors included The Iroquois Group, Olean General Hospital, Mix 101.5 and the Wellsville Daily Reporter and our bronze sponsors include the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office, Community Bank, Five Star Bank, Rick Bokman, Resiner Law Group, Tasta Pizza, Olean Medical Group, Trans Am and DJ Si, Olean Family YMCA and Team Minard Productions. I also want to thank Inga Welty of Portville for volunteering to be our photographer the day of the event. Click on Capes and Crowns to view the race results and Inga’s pictures on our Faceboook page. Lastly, I want to thank our STHCS staff for all their hard work organizing the run.

CFRT Annual Meeting

John Eberth and I attended the annual Office of Children and Family Services Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) meeting in Albany Monday and Tuesday. We were there representing our Child Health and Safety Team (CHST). Team member Gina Kocsis of Allegany County CPS also attended. Unsafe sleep environments which contribute to infant deaths continue to plague families and communities around the state. OCFS is trying to organize a statewide safe sleep campaign. Fortunately, we’re on the forefront of this effort having focused our major education and outreach campaigns on the ABCs of safe sleep: babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib. Right now we are searching for grants and partnership opportunities to purchase pack-n-plays at cost so we can provide them to families without the resources to purchase them. We are also working on a region-wide safe sleep program involving birthing hospitals and WIC centers. Under the program, we would show expectant parents this new Safe Sleep for Your Baby video produced by OCFS. If anyone would like further information or would like to partner with us on this important initiative, please contact me at (716)372-0614 or at dkahm@sthcs.org. I want to thank OCFS for hosting the annual meeting and for everything they do as an agency to protect New York’s most precious resource, our children.

In This Issue:

Capes and Crowns
CFRT Annual Meeting

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