About the Video

Boost ’em in the Back Seat is a theory-driven, research supported program created under the direction of Dr. Kelli England Will and her team in the Pediatrics Division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The video illustrates the danger of prematurely transitioning children to an adult seat belt before they are 4’9” tall.

EVMS team members include:

Kelli England Will, PhD, Principal Investigator (Writer and Executive Producer)
Ann Lassiter Edwards, MS, Research Assistant
Ellen P. Libby, BA, Research Assistant (former team member)
Kaitlyn Mondejar, MPH, Research Assistant (former team member)

We want to acknowledge the collaborative effort of the following partners who helped make this video possible.

Video Project Acknowledgements

Featured Safety Experts
Expert – Law Enforcement
Lee Bailey
Chief Deputy Sheriff
New Kent Co. Sheriff’s Office

Expert – Coalition/Nonprofit
Corri Miller-Hobbs, RN, CPST
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU / Safe Kids Virginia

Expert – Passenger Safety
Georjeane L. Blumling, Ph.D.
National Child Passenger Safety Instructor
AAA Tidewater Virginia

Expert – Trauma Nurse
Cathy Peterson BSN, RN, CPHQ
Trauma Program Manager
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

Expert – Trauma Nurse
Sonya Woronowicz RN, BSN, MSN
Trauma Nurse
Sentara Virginia Beach General

Expert – Doctor
Phillip Thomas, MD
Pediatrics Resident
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Emergency Medical Services
Tiffany Stuart
Curtis Young
Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Medic 10

Fire and Rescue Services
Capt. John Parrish
Lt. Kevin Skinner
FF Robert Coloski
Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Engine 9 – C Shift

Featured Talent & Extras

Family #1
Kelley Davis (mom)
Seth Adrover (son)

Family #2
Bettina Selby (mom)
Kendall Selby (daughter)
Cameron Franklin (son)

Family #3
Cooper Will (boy)

Police Officer
Lieutenant David McEwen
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Police Officer
Noah Caesar
Norfolk Police Department

Nurse Extra
Kaitlyn Mondejar, MPH
EVMS Pediatrics

Nurse Extra
Erin L. Maple, BS, MPH
EVMS Clinical Research Center

Nurse Practitioner Extra
Hali Thomas, NP-C
Sentara Neurology Specialists

Other Extras 
Heidi Chappell – nurse
Karla Espino – nurse
Kaitlyn Showalter – nurse
Dominique Herbert – nurse
Josiah Marroquin – waiting room scene stand in
Jpixx Films

Special Thanks

Residence 1
Kaethe Ferguson, EdD
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Residence 2
Jon Abraham
JPixx Films

Hospital scene setting
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

Interview scene locations
Henrico Police Department
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Crash scene location
City of Norfolk

Coordination Assistance
Amy L. Ward, Clinical Care Coordinator /Acting EMS Mgr,
Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services

Cathy C Fox RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, Nurse Consultant-ED, Cath Lab, and Cardiology,
Naval Medical Center-Portsmouth

Chief Andrew J. Mitchell, Eastern Virginia Medical School Police and Public Safety

Ridgely Ingersoll, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, CHKD

Additional footage provided by
Crash test footage showing dangers of no restraint in a crash
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Sled test footage of differences in movement  between a booster seat and safety belt
University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics

Computer animation of side by side difference between a child in a booster vs. a belt alone
Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Additional assistance
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office
Metro Used Auto Parts

Spanish Translators:
Alexandra Leader, MD, MPH, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Jaqueline Alvarado-Valadez, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Fabian Ortiz, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Emily Putnam, Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Jpixx Films - Production Company
Jpixx Films – Production Company (http://jpixx.com/)
– Jon Abrahams, Director/DP
– Glenn Dano, Field Producer
– Heidi Chappell, Executive Producer
– Ginny Petty, Copywriter
– Chandler Perry, Assistant Director / Lead Editor
– Josiah Marroquin, Art Director
– Jessa Gaul, Camera Assist/Grip
– Karla Espino, Sound and Stills
– Shay Reinert, Hair and Makeup
– Dominique Herbert, Production Coordinator
– Kaitlyn Showalter, Production Assistant
– Dennis Reyes. Production Assistant / Car Assist
– Joshua Dano, Production Assistant / Car Assist
– Adrian Woodard, Production Assistant
– Trent Toner, Sound Design

For additional information about the research supporting the video, see the links in the side bar.

Video Awards Received

  • Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children
  • Governor’s Transportation Safety Award in Occupant Protection
  • Telly Award, Silver Winner in Safety Category
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children, Tidewater EMS Council
  • Commonwealth Award of Excellence, Public Service, Virginia PRA
  • Capital Award of Merit in Organic Social Media, Virginia PRA
  • Circle of Excellence, Silver Award in Social Media, CASE