Regional Healthcare Foundation
A vision of healthy people, living in healthy communities.
Welcome to the Dexter Community Regional Healthcare  Foundation, serving the communities of
Southeast Missouri. Dexter Community Regional Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization
dedicated to building healthy communities through programs and services
designed to enhance overall health and wellness.
We encourage you to review our services and programs and  contact us
if you have any questions or would like more information.
FUNDING IS PROVIDED
IN PART TO THE
REGIONAL HEALTHCARE
FOUNDATION
PRESCRIPTION DRUG
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
AND
MOTHER-TO-MOTHER
PROGRAM BY:

MISSOURI FOUNDATION
FOR HEALTH

CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND  
OF MISSOURI

NEIGHBORHOOD
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

GIVE BACK BRANDS
FOUNDATION

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
FOOD BANK

DELTA HRSA GRANT
At www.covermissouri.org you
can find helpful information on
health insurance, coverage
options in the Missouri Health
Insurance Marketplace, calculate
potential cost-savings, and
locate where to get in-person
help from Cover Missouri
Coalition members.

TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE

The Regional Healthcare Foundation
is pleased to announce that the
organization has been awarded
tax credits through the Missouri
Department of Economic
Development’s Neighborhood
Assistance Program.

Eligible donors include businesses
and corporations, as well as individuals
operating farms in
Missouri. In addition to receiving
an income tax deduction for a
charitable contribution, a tax credit
of 70% of the donation can be
claimed on your Missouri tax return.

We would love to talk to you about how
your generous gift can benefit your
business while providing  support to
help young parents complete high
school, go on to college or technical
school, and acquire the skills to
become employed or to seek a higher
grade of employment.  For more
information please call 573-624-1607.

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NEWS RELEASE -   July 23, 2018

Hot Car Deaths on Track for Deadliest Year
in U.S. History KidsAndCars.org pushes
for technology, urges parents to ‘Look Before You
Lock’ and keep cars locked at all times

(Philadelphia, PA) - Already this year there have been 28 confirmed
child
vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States.* This
represents more hot car deaths than we have ever suffered
by July 22 during any year in U.S. History.

Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country.
July is the deadliest month of the year for these tragedies.
Last year 43 young children died.

These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org
is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant during any
changes in the daily routine. This is when most tragedies occur.

KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said,
“We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths this time
of year. It is devastating to know that there are families all across
America right now holding their precious babies, unaware that they
will lose them in a hot car this summer. But, these children don’t
have to die. Parents and caregivers have the power to make sure
that this doesn’t happen to them.”

Parents should implement the “Look Before You Lock” safety
checklist that provides simple tips to protect their child.  

*+ an additional 3 hot car deaths pending autopsy results

Look Before You Lock Safety Checklist

•Make sure your child is never left behind in the back seat of a car:
•Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park to
check that no one has been left behind.
•Put something you need in the back seat to remind you to open the back
door every time you park – cell phone, employee badge, handbag, left
shoe, work computer, etc. (The idea is if you leave the vehicle without this
item, you would have to go back to get it.)
•Ask your babysitter or child care provider to call you if your child hasn’t
arrived as scheduled.
•Keep a stuffed animal in baby’s car seat. Place it on the front passenger
seat as a reminder when baby is in the back seat.

Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
• Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway and
even if you do not have children.
•Keys and remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
•If a child is missing, immediately check the passenger compartment and
trunk of all vehicles in the area very carefully.

The role of technology in preventing hot car deaths:
Education and awareness are important, but they are not enough.
Because parents don't believe this could happen to them, technology
plays a critical role in preventing these tragedies. Technology exists that
can detect the presence of child or other living beings inside a vehicle and
prevent hot car deaths.

To learn more about how technology can help prevent hot car deaths,
please visit https://www.kidsandcars.org/hot-cars-act-of-2017/.

For more information on child hot car deaths, please contact
KidsAndCars.org at (913-732-2792) or visit our
website.

About KidsAndCars.org:
Founded in 1996, KidsAndCars.org is the only national nonprofit child
safety organization dedicated solely to preventing injuries and deaths of
children in and around vehicles. KidsAndCars.org promotes awareness
among parents, caregivers and the general public about the dangers to
children, including backover and frontover incidents, underage driving and
vehicular heatstroke. The organization works to prevent tragedies through
data collection, education and public awareness, policy change and
survivor advocacy.

Contacts:
Janette Fennell, President & Founder, 415-336-9279,
Janette@KidsAndCars.org
Amber Rollins, Director, 913-732-2792, Amber@KidsAndCars.org
Sue Auriemma, 516-721-2664, Susan@KidsAndCars.org
Chronic Disease
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