Illi­nois hos­pi­tal goes blue for Child Abuse Preven­tion Month

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Blue pin­wheels are spin­ning across the field in front of HSHS St. John’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Spring­field, Ill. Adults and chil­dren re­cently gath­ered and pinned one blue pin­wheel at a time on the grassy field in honor of Child Abuse Preven­tion Month.

Blue rib­bons are also fes­tooned around the cam­pus of the Hos­pi­tal Sis­ters Health Sys­tem hos­pi­tal for the month­long ob­ser­va­tion, and the fa­cil­ity is light­ing the south face of its pa­tient tower blue.

“Work­ing to­gether we can pre­vent se­ri­ous harm to the chil­dren and re­duce trauma that will po­ten­tially af­fect them all of their lives. In par­tic­u­lar, we should join to­gether—at the com­mu­nity level—to reach out and touch fam­i­lies who are strug­gling and do all that we can to support them so they can support their chil­dren,” B.J. Walker, act­ing di­rec­tor of the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices, said in a news re­lease.

Ex­ec­u­tives said the ef­fort was a step to im­prove pop­u­la­tion health.

“By shin­ing a light on aware­ness, early in­ter­ven­tion and preven­tion, we are pro­tect­ing a child’s right to joy and in­no­cence and im­prov­ing long-term health out­comes in our com­mu­nity,” Ver­nessa Glover, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of St. John’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, said in the re­lease. ●


HSHS St. John’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in cen­tral Illi­nois is call­ing at­ten­tion to Child Abuse Preven­tion Month with a col­or­ful display.

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