Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center Welcomes Two Students for Fall Semester Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowships

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2019
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Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
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HARTFORD, CONN. – Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC) welcomes two new students into its expanded Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellowship Program. The students will spend the fall semester learning injury and violence prevention strategies from Connecticut Children’s experts who are nationally recognized leaders in their field.

The fellows are Eve Larkin, who is in her junior year studying chemistry at Trinity College, and Mira Nakhle, who is in her senior year studying neuroscience, world literature, and cultural studies at Trinity College. Each fellow receives a $1,000 stipend for participating in the program, made possible through a grant from the Petit Family Foundation. This is the fifth year the Petit Family Foundation has supported the fellowships, which have grown from a summer program to now including fall, spring and summer sessions.

“The Petit Family Foundation has been extremely generous in supporting these fellowships over the years,” said Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, director of Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center. ”To be able to offer the program during the fall and spring semesters means that we can reach even more students and educate them about the critical importance of our work in preventing injuries and saving lives.”

The Petit Family Foundation 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.

“We are proud to continue to support these important fellowships,” said William A. Petit, Jr., MD, president of the Petit Family Foundation. “We feel this program is helping to ensure that future medical and public health leaders understand the importance of injury and violence prevention in furthering the well-being of all children and families.”

Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center is part of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, which works to strengthen families to promote their children’s optimal health, development and well-being.

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