Lynn Sheets, MD, receives 2013 Ray E. Helfer, MD, Award for contributions to prevent child abuse before it occurs gaps in childhood wellness

December 03, 2013
MILWAUKEE – Lynn K. Sheets, MD, medical director, Child Protection Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and associate professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was selected by committees from the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ray E. Helfer, MD Award. The award is given to a pediatrician who has made significant contributions to preventing child abuse before it occurs, primarily through his or her work with a state children’s trust or prevention fund.

Dr. Sheets is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has committed her professional career to advancing child maltreatment prevention efforts in Wisconsin and Kansas. Her many leadership roles span across prevention, treatment, research, advocacy and education. Her most recently published research on sentinel injuries has profound implications for preventing child physical abuse, including abusive head trauma.  

“Dr. Sheets is dedicated to meaningful collaboration with Children Trust Fund in advancing a prevention agenda in Wisconsin, offering an unwavering commitment, outstanding expertise, contribution to prevention research on sentinel injuries and more than 20 years of experience in evaluating abused children,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director, Wisconsin Children Trust Fund, a statewide organization supporting services to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The late Ray Helfer, MD, is considered the “father” of children’s trust and prevention funds due to his concept that special funds could be used to ensure that our nation’s children grow up nurtured, safe and free from harm. Dr. Helfer’s lifelong dedication to children serves as a model for all citizens. This award was established in his honor and was presented at the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds annual meeting in Seattle Nov. 19-20.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s Hospital invested more than $117 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at