The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S.

Life-threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. 

Our funded work includes:

  • National grants for new pediatric trauma research and technologies
  • Online and hands-on education courses for EMS, athletic trainers, researchers and physicians
  • International learning opportunities through webinars focused on pediatric trauma care
  • Scholarships for pediatric trauma care providers
  • Advancing the Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus in Washington, D.C.
  • Studies on head injuries connected to youth sports
  • Strategies to prevent repeated ATV injuries in children
  • Pilot studies and mobile simulation labs for rural pediatric trauma readiness
  • Hosting summits of national leaders in pediatric trauma

The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. 

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