Rep. Sykes Named 2016 Legislative Champion For Kids
Safe Kids Summit County recognizes lawmaker's work to combat infant mortality, promote bike helmet safety

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today was recognized as the 2016 Legislative Champion for Kids by the Safe Kids Summit. Each year, the coalition recognizes active elected officials, engaged community members, outstanding schools, and students who work to promote child safety in Summit County. 

“I am truly honored to be recognized by a group that does so much to promote the safety and well-being of our young people,” said Sykes. “I am eager to continue working at the state level to combat infant mortality while promoting commonsense safety initiatives like bike helmet use, efforts that will help protect some of our most vulnerable Ohioans.” 

Safe Kids Summit County, led locally by Akron Children's Hospital, is part of a worldwide collaborative of Safe Kids chapters dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of children in a vast network of communities. The coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics to help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. 

During her first term as state representative, Sykes has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve children’s health, increase access to quality child care, promote bike helmet safety, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. The Akron lawmaker will serve in House leadership as assistant Democratic whip in the next general assembly, and was recently appointed to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. She currently serves on House Health and Aging Committee and as Ranking Member on the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. 

Sykes also played an instrumental role in seeing Senate Bill 332, legislation aimed at reducing Ohio’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate, pass through the House with bipartisan support. 

Award recipients were recognized today at a meeting of Safe Kids Summit County at Akron Children Hospital’s Considine Auditorium in Akron, Ohio.

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