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DHS news release

Nov. 18, 2004

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180

Technical contact: Adrienne Greene (503) 731-4024


Oregon Safe Kids honors local supporters

Four Oregonians were honored as "Champions of Oregon Safe Kids" at the annual Oregon Safe Kids meeting in Tualatin on Tuesday.


Former Governor Barbara Roberts, honorary coalition chair, presented the awards to:

  • Talin Davis, KMVU-TV, FOX Channel 26, Medford
  • Richard Smith, Rogue Valley Transit District, Medford
  • Simone Carter, Legacy Emanuel Hospital's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program, Portland
  • Krista Swan, The Oregon Zoo, Portland

"These people were nominated by local Safe Kids chapters and coalitions throughout the state," said Adrienne Greene, Safe Kids coordinator in the Oregon Department of Human Services. "Each one has made an outstanding personal effort to further the mission of Oregon Safe Kids, which is to prevent unintentional injuries and death to children."


Davis and Smith were nominated for their support of Rogue Valley Safe Kids, a local coalition in Jackson and Josephine counties. Davis and FOX Channel 26 have generated exposure for the coalition since 1999 and have run several commercials and produced promotional videos for the coalition.


Smith and the Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) have supported Safe Kids in the Rogue Valley for several years. They recently partnered in creating an RVTD-SAFE KIDS Interactive Bus that visits Jackson County schools to teach children about bike and pedestrian safety. The bus also offers free helmets to children who need them and a helmet fitting station.


Simone Carter, administrative support with Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland annually coordinates nearly 200 teen volunteers from Le Femmes, Benson, and other local high schools to volunteer as health educators at the Oregon Safe Kids Day at the Zoo. They help with exhibits and deliver key safety messages to nearly 5,000 children and parents. Carter also organizes many of these students to participate with annual bike and ski helmet sales held quarterly by Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.


Swan, Events Planner for the Oregon Zoo, has helped host Oregon Safe Kids Day at the Zoo for the past five years. She works to find a key location for the event, offers Zoo discounts to volunteers and families who attend the event and allows placement of safety displays throughout the Zoo so the maximum number of parents and children are reached.


Former Governor Roberts has been Oregon Safe Kids honorary chair since May. Oregon Safe Kids Coalition is the state affiliate of the National Safe Kids campaign, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, the number No. 1 killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 300 state and local Safe Kids Coalitions in all 50 states and 16 countries make up this international campaign, according to Greene.