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Grant renews safety program

Santiam Hospital has received a $5,000 grant that will allow for a second Seasons of Safety program in the Stayton/Santiam Canyon area.

The Willamette Health Council awarded the community benefit initiative grant to the hospital’s integrated and health outreach department.

Seasons of Safety allows community members to work with resource providers, ask questions, and get hands-on experience practicing behaviors that could improve their safety, such as learning how to make sure their child’s car seat is properly secured in their vehicle or how to perform a bike check before going for a ride.

Last year, Seasons of Safety events were held in Mill City, Stayton, and Aumsville and served more than 600 individuals. Approximately 40 car seat checks were performed and 26 car seats and approximately 200 life vests were given out. No dates or sites have been announced for this year’s programs, but hospital officials told The Canyon Weekly that the first event likely will be in May or June.

“We had a great community turnout last year, and we are excited to offer this event to thecommunity once again this year in late spring or early summer,” said Josie Crocker, community health worker and lead planner for Seasons of Safety in a press release posted by the hospital.

“The goal is for the sponsorship to improve the community’s access to information and resources that will allow them to make decisions that lead to healthy behaviors,” Crocker said.

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