Chantel Chase, Secretary/Treasurer of the Governing Board of the NCSBS, was honored Thursday afternoon by the Davis County Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of this year’s ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Davis Chamber who has demonstrated excellence in their profession, improves the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Chantel received the award at a luncheon celebration Thursday afternoon at the Davis Conference Center in Layton in front of more than 200 friends, family and community leaders. “I am truly honored to have been selected by the Davis Chamber of Commerce Women in Business as their 2017 Athena Recipient. It’s humbling to join those who have received this award and I am grateful,” said Chantel.

“Chantel has been such an impactful member of the NCSBS’s board of directors. She is always willing to offer guidance and support to help the NCSBS achieve its mission. Her ability to manage and find balance between being a full-time working professional, mother of three children, student and volunteer is incredible. She sets an example for other women in business and exemplifies what it means to utilize your full potential,” says Ryan Steinbeigle, Executive Director of the NCSBS.

Chantel was recently promoted to the Operations Division Manager of the Business Banking Lending Center for Zions Bancorporation. Chantel has been a member of the NCSBS board for nearly three years and has been instrumental in guiding the NCSBS through a variety of campaigns and initiatives including a new small business fundraising campaign that will launch in April 2017 to coincide with Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Jireh Joy Lima was shaken when she was five (5) months old and, fifteen (15) years later, the perpetrator is still unknown. Despite a perceived injustice, Jireh and her adoptive mother, Cheryl Lima, are grateful for Jireh's second chance at life.

A social worker responsible for working with Jireh's birth mother found Jireh emaciated, bleeding in her eyes and with a swollen head fifteen (15) years ago. Cheryl said that had another day went by without Jireh being checked on, Jireh likely would have died. Jireh underwent brain surgery prior to meeting her adoptive family at seven (7) months old and now belongs to a family of twelve (12) brothers and sisters. Cheryl credits Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island with saving Jireh's life, and now Jireh hopes to give back.

While Jireh was recovering in the hospital from her SBS injuries, she was given two (2) stuffed animals, one being a Saint Bernard named Rescue, which Jireh still owns to this day. Cheryl observed how Rescue helped provide comfort for Jireh in those early days of recovery. "The ears became her pacifier and that's what got her through a lot of tough times," says Cheryl. Jireh hopes to bring the same comfort to children at Hasbro Children's Hospital by donating stuffed animals to the hospital in celebration of her 16th birthday come this August, calling it a "celebration of survival."

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A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that the vast majority of physicians in the United States (U.S.) agree that Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a valid diagnosis. The study surveyed 628 multidisciplinary physicians at 10 leading children's hospitals in the U.S. who are frequently involved in the evaluation of injured children. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of respondents stated that SBS is a valid diagnosis, and 93% of respondents confirmed Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) as a valid diagnosis.

The study's findings refute the popular claim of a "controversy" surrounding the SBS/AHT diagnosis that is often reported in the media and cited in the courtroom. "Claims of substantial controversy within the medical community about shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma have created a chilling effect on child protection hearings and criminal prosecutions," says Sandeep Narang, MD, JD, lead author on the study, Division Head of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Child Abuse at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Our data show that shaking a young child is generally accepted by physicians to be a dangerous form of abuse."

You can read a full story on the report on the following sites: Science Daily, EurekAlert!, and the Daily Mail.

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