|Member Spotlight: Julie Alonso|
Member Spotlight: Julie Alonso
Safe States 2014 Rising Star Award Recipient
About JulieJulie works with the Washington Department of Health as the Director of Safe Kids Washington and the Child Injury Prevention Specialist. Julie's adventures in IVP began in March 2013. Prior to 2013, she worked in chronic disease and substance abuse prevention.
Julie's favorite part of her job: "I love the people. It is always rewarding to work with people that are compassionate and caring about making our world a better, safer place."
Julie's one wish for IVP as a field in the next ten years: "I wish that kids would not die from preventable injuries. Things like window falls and hot cars can totally be prevented. I wish parents would heed the warnings and ACT to protect our nation’s most precious assets."
Why Julie is a member of Safe States: "I find value in the membership; the strength of the alliance is in its dedicated members and staff. The ability to connect with colleagues to share ideas and resources nationally is invaluable. As a new injury prevention professional, it is comforting to know that there is such a group to call on and rely on for timely, accurate info."
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Article featured in the Washington Department of Health Newsletter
By Kathy Williams, Office of Community Health Systems
On May 20, Julie Alonso, Director of Safe Kids Washington and Child Injury Prevention Specialist at the Department of Health, received the Rising Star Award from the Safe States Alliance. Her injury and violence prevention colleagues in the Office of Community Health Systems are very proud.
Julie started with the Washington Injury and Violence Prevention Program in March 2013 as the Director of Safe Kids Washington and as the CDC-funded regional network leadership coordinator. In less than a year, she revitalized Safe Kids, including a weekly e-newsletter. In March 2014, she offered travel scholarships to coalitions to attend the first Safe Kids in-person meeting in several years, and a safety summit the next day.
Julie organized Safe Kids Day with the Seattle Mariners baseball team on April 27. She organized Health and Human Services regions 9 and 10 into the Regional Network Leader-supported Western Pacific Injury Prevention Network with regular learning sessions and peer-to-peer focused technical assistance. Julie has become the state’s go-to person for overall child injury prevention.
Julie is closely involved with implementing the CDC grant that supports child motor vehicle safety and open water drowning prevention. She has formed strong and productive working relationships with the state child passenger safety manager; staff members at the two major children’s hospitals; Safe Routes to School, Feet First, and Bike Washington; and Child Death Review, among many others.
Julie thinks originally, is dedicated and creative, and is very hardworking. She truly is a rising star in injury and violence prevention. From June 1-6, Julie attended the Johns Hopkins University Summer Institute for Injury and Violence Prevention.