CEO Update
International Walk to School Day

I’m very happy to report International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) on Wednesday was a great success. Over 100 students from Olean’s Washington West Elementary School and East View Elementary School participated. We met at parks near the schools and safely walked to school to start our day.
 
We are grateful to the City of Olean Police and Fire Departments for their help with the walk. Having police and fire officials on-hand to accompany the children on the walk helped to highlight the safety message. I’d also like to thank the event’s corporate sponsor, FedEx; the Safe Kids Southern Tier New York (SKSTNY) coalition members; Safe Kids Worldwide; and the parents/caregivers who participated in the event. I am excited to share that the principal at Washington West plans to have a weekly walk to school event in the spring of 2020.
 
As this is the first year for participation in IWTSD, we chose to focus our efforts on one school district. To involve schools in the entire three-county catchment, we will be providing copies of the book “Clifford Takes a Walk” to all elementary schools in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties, along with additional educational resources.
SAFE Case Reviews

We held the Olean General Hospital Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) program quarterly case review on Tuesday morning here at STHCS. During this meeting, we had the opportunity to ensure we are meeting our goals of providing the most effective and compassionate care to survivors of sexual assault.
I’m very excited to report that the team discussed producing a video for the ER staff to review during orientation. The video will give an overview of the history of the SAFE program, what the role of a SAFE provider is, what the role of a victim advocate is and counseling services available to sexual assault survivors through the program. I want to thank all those who took time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this important process.
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