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Amy Artuso has worked for more than 22 years in the area of children’s health and wellness. In her role at NSC, Amy serves as a subject matter expert and manages federally funded programs supporting the safety of children in and around vehicles. She is well-versed in occupant protection and general transportation issues.
A child is involved in a car crash every 33 seconds and dies every nine days from heat stroke in a vehicle; on average more than 66 children have been killed annually in backup crashes – all preventable deaths. Amy is leading NSC initiatives that seek to eliminate these tragedies by educating parents, caregivers and all vehicle occupants about the consequences of not using seat belts, booster seats or car seats, and what everyone can do to make sure all vehicle occupants are restrained correctly during every ride.
Prior to joining NSC, Amy worked in pediatric injury prevention at All Children's Hospital, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, she worked extensively with extramural funding provided by the Florida Department of Transportation. Programs included child passenger safety and bicycle and pedestrian safety on the West Coast of Florida.
Amy has served as a multi-county Safe Kids Coordinator, focusing on a variety of childhood injury prevention topics, and coordinated Safe Routes to School funding and initiatives. She also has worked as a civilian training and curriculum specialist in child and youth services for the U.S. Department of the Army, stationed in Germany. She was a certified child life specialist for 16 years, working at Yale New Haven Hospital and All Children's Hospital.
A native to western New York, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in Child Development with a focus on children in healthcare settings. She completed post-baccalaureate courses at Yale University, training at Yale New Haven Hospital, and worked as a research assistant for the Yale School of Medicine. Amy earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida in maternal and child health.
Amy is a nationally certified child passenger safety technician instructor. She served as a past-chairperson of the National Child Passenger Safety Board and is currently its secretariat. She resides in Tampa, FL with her husband and children.
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