Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center Seeks Applicants for Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2017
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Monica Buchanan, Director of Corporate Communications
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Debra Dudack, Communications Specialist
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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center is currently accepting applications for The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship. The fellowship gives four college women an opportunity to study injury and violence prevention from Connecticut Children’s faculty who are national experts in the field.

“The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship will provide an exceptional opportunity to study and understand the frequency and patterns of injury and violence, the leading cause of death and disability for American children and young adults” said Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, the Injury Prevention Center’s director.

The fellowship runs from May 15, 2017 through June 23, 2017. Fellows will spend 20 hours a week at the Injury Prevention Center and will each receive a $1,000 stipend. Here is a link to the application which has a deadline of March 30, 2017. Support for The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship is provided by the Petit Family Foundation which honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives.

“I am delighted that the memory of my Hayley can live on through these fellowships. She was a very hard-working and kind young woman who always wanted to reach out to help others in need,” said William Petit, Jr., MD, president of the Petit Family Foundation. “I hope the fellowship recipients are more inspired to continue to help others due to their fellowship experiences.”

This will be the third summer the Injury Prevention Center has offered the fellowship.

“The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship provided me with an amazing opportunity to not only learn about the field of injury and violence prevention, but to see the effectiveness of a public health approach in making positive changes in a community,” said Katrina Hodgkins, a 2015 fellow from the University of Connecticut. “By shifting my perspective of injuries and violence to the view that they are predictable and preventable, I learned that almost all injuries could be drastically reduced if not eliminated completely.”

“Possibly the most enjoyable part of the fellowship was getting to meet and work with so many amazing people,” said Martha Sherman, a 2016 fellow from Temple University. “The Injury Prevention Center has an incredible staff who were all willing to jump in and help us whenever needed. Working with the five other fellows was also so inspiring. We all came from radically different backgrounds and have radically different goals for our careers, but every one of us gained something from this fellowship and taught the other fellows something. I would just like to say thank you to the Injury Prevention Center staff, the Petit Family Foundation, and of course the other fellows. This was an unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.”

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Connecticut Children’s is a nationally recognized not-for-profit with a medical staff of more than 1,000 providing comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

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