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Since 2006, the Children’s Board in collaboration with the United Way has brought community stakeholders together to build consensus and collaboration on public policy and legislative issues affecting human services in Hillsborough County. On January 29th, the Legislative Summit was held with a focus on child safety. The Children’s Board welcomed community members to submit concerns and recommendations surrounding the three leading causes of preventable child death which are; abusive head trauma, safe sleep and water safety.
The attendees worked within their pre-selected topic area to consider issues. The groups then were tasked with deciding as a group (and hopefully by consensus) which TWO issues are the highest priorities for consideration in the coming year. The criteria for prioritizing were as follows:
- What two issues have the potential for greatest local impact?
- What two issues have the greatest likelihood of success, given the economic issues facing our state?