On Saturday, June 8, Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Community Health Services worked together to host a safety fair at the Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in honor of RIH’s 150th anniversary. Located one mile from the hospital’s campus, the school serves approximately 900 students in grades K-5, making it the largest elementary school in the state.
Many Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital departments participated in the event to provide resources, information and fun activities to the Lauro School’s students and their families. Departments such as the Injury Prevention Center, Working Healthy, epidemiology & infection control, LifePACT critical care transport, the Rhode Island Burn Center, food and nutrition services, and RIH’s emergency preparedness team participated.
Other Lifespan participants included The Miriam Hospital’s Cardiac Fitness Center and Bradley Hospital. Additionally, the Providence Community Library and the Southside Community Land Trust participated to provide families with information about their resources. More than 300 students, parents and family members attended the event and learned about measures that they can take to ensure that their families stay safe.
Topics such as medication safety and emergency preparedness in the home were covered at the event, as well as sun safety, burn prevention, hand hygiene and much more.
LifePACT was on hand to offer tours of the ambulance as well as to conduct a hands only CPR course. The Injury Prevention Center provided families with car seat inspections, as well as free car seats to families in need of one. Fun activities were such as a walk through a “Mega Heart,” which serves as a fun tool to learn about heart conditions and how to stay heart healthy, were enjoyed by all. The Providence Fire Department’s smoke trailer, the YMCA’s inflatable obstacle course, fitness and zumba demonstrations, face painting, snacks and music created an environment that was both educational and festive.
The event was a wonderful symbol of the RIH community’s commitment to giving back to the larger community that it serves.