For nearly two decades, communities in Northern Minnesota have been coming together for 24-hours the first Thursday and Friday in December to prevent child abuse and neglect. Sponsored by the Radio stations of Omni Broadcasting in Bemidji, Alexandria, Brainerd, and Wadena, the Radiothon To End Child Abuse is a community-wide event. For 24 hours, the radio stations turn their programming over to raising awareness and funds for efforts that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The broadcast is live from community based settings like grocery stores and malls. Community professionals speak on-air about local efforts to prevent abuse and share ideas of what each of us can do to support families and invest in the future of our community’s children. Local performers, from students to professionals, sing and dance as part of the festivities. Businesses and individuals make on-air challenges to one another, each giving generously to support child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. The community outpouring is an annual inspiration and testament to the truth that it takes all of us to support and strengthen families. Omni Broadcasting, under the leadership of Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, have modeled what being a Champion for Children truly looks like in action. The Radiothon sponsorship takes an entire year to plan and execute and that is only a portion of their contribution. They donate hours of airtime, professional time, personal volunteerism and personal dollars to support our statewide efforts. They show us how community can come together to solve major issues like child maltreatment and to do so successfully. Thank you for your leadership, Omni!!
Since 1954, Delta Dental has been working to improve oral health and hygiene by emphasizing preventative care, because they believe that everyone deserves to enjoy a healthy smile. Delta Dental Plans Association is a not-for-profit organization with some for-profit affiliates as member companies. Through Delta’s 39 independent member companies, they offer national dental coverage – administering programs and reporting systems that provide employees and individuals with quality, cost-effective dental benefits and superior customer service. As America’s largest and most trusted dental benefits carrier, Delta covers more Americans than any other dental benefits provider – and strives daily to make dental coverage more accessible and affordable to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. The Delta Dental Foundation has been a consistent supporter in the prevention of child maltreatment and the promotion of health and wellness for all. Delta has supported Prevent Child Abuse MN’s programs, events and families for many years as well as supporting us through Board Service. We honor Delta Dental and their long time volunteerism, financial support and community investment in preserving the safety of our community’s children. We could not execute many of our programs without this critical support. We honor you and your investment in Minnesota’s children!
Access Minnesota Radio
Access Minnesota is a weekly public affairs radio and television show featuring noted academics, authors, politicians and business leaders engaging in common sense conversations about compelling and relevant issues in the state of Minnesota, across the nation, and around the globe. Access Minnesota is produced by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s quarterly magazine, Minnesota. Production support is provided by The CW Twin Cities (WUCW-TV) and Radio K (KUOM). Jim du Bois, our host, is a veteran broadcaster whose career spans nearly four decades. Access Minnesota reached out to our organization as the primary Twin Cities media partner for 2011 and promoted a thirty minute show on preventing child sexual abuse. PCAMN is honored to have this new community partner in the metro area and looks forward to more collaboration in the years to come.
Rich Kaplan, MD
Dr. Kaplan is the Medical Director of The Center for Safe and Healthy Children – the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Program. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan received a Masters in Social Work degree from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed his pediatric residency in Phoenix, Arizona. First, as a social worker and then as a pediatrician, Rich has been working with child abuse victims for over 30 years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a charter member of the Ray Helfer Society and a former member of the Society’s executive committee. Dr. Kaplan is a 2003 recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services: Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Kaplan is presenting on child maltreatment and trauma informed care in Ireland or would be here to celebrate with us. He sends his regrets as well as a firm commitment to partner with PCAMN and assist us in creating new relationships with the University Of Minnesota School Of Pediatric Medicine.
Ms. Tongrit-Green is our Youth Champion Award Winner. She is a senior at Harding Senior High School, a competitor in track, and a natural leader among her peers. Ms. Tongrit-Green approached me in late 2011 with an interest in putting together an artistic rendition of what positive parenting looks like through the lens of a child. Mautaui has a unique connection with PCAMN. Her Mother, Hannatu Green, is one of our Parent Leadership Consultants for the State of MN as well as serving as a member of the National Parent Partnership Council. Mautaui worked through late 2011 and 2012 to put together a montage of interviews to help us learn. We are honored to spotlight this effort and to have a young adult exhibit leadership in preventing child maltreatment and building communities.