The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the Burn Institute of San Diego. The GHD board recently approved a $34,000 grant to support the Burn Institute’s burn prevention educational program for students from pre school to high school, as well as support services for burn survivors. The funds from GHD will support programs and services for more than 20,000 East County residents with a special emphasis on children, seniors, Latino and low-to-moderate income populations, according to Scott Walker, Burn Institute interim CEO.
Among the Burn Institute programs earmarked for the GHD funds: Camp Beyond the Scars, a mountain camp to assist children cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their burn injuries; Juvenile Firesetter Prevention and Intervention, an educational intervention to prevent firesetting incidents from reoccurring; “It’s Your Choice,” a 40-minute presenting to teach elementary school children about hot and flammable liquids; “Burni the Dragon,” an English- and Spanish-language preschool curriculum; “Living With Wildfire,” a program providing information to homeowners about wildfires; and, free smoke alarm detectors for seniors who own their own homes.
GHD has supported the Burn Institute since 2000. The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute’s first accomplishments was to help establish the UCSD Regional Burn Center.
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