North Central Health District


NCHD Counties Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant


Multiple counties within North Central Health District (NCHD) were awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program.

Through the mini grant, NCHD county health departments and local partners work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families across the district. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.

NCHD counties that received funding from the 2018 Car Seat Mini Grant include Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Peach, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson Counties.

Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the mini grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure our children are protected from danger,” said Central Georgia Safe Kids Coordinator Stephanie Hyman. “The Car Seat Mini Grant is a great opportunity to help families around the district protect children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

Throughout NCHD, county health departments and their community partners educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini Grant, agencies supporting more than 130 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.

For more information about the car seat program, contact your local health department. For contact information, directions and hours of operation for each NCHD health department, visit If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-463-1487.

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