COLORADO KIDS 1st HISTORY
Dr. Lisa Van Bramer is the mother of three kids and a tireless promoter of public health and safety. Trained as an Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Lisa had multiple emergency room experiences that led to her belief that advocacy and prevention is paramount to child safety. Those expereinces led her to pursue further training in Preventive Medicine as well as a Masters of Science in Public Health.
In 2002, Dr. Lisa founded the Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to keep people healthy and safe in the Rocky Mountain region and its Colorado Kids 1st license plate initiative serves as a funding resource for child health and safety programs. The Colorado Kids 1st license plate was Dr. Lisa's brainchild to promote public awareness and become a sustainable funding source for RMRPI's grant recipients.
Getting government approval for the license plate would take four years of legislative sessions. Through the dedication of Dr. Lisa, and with the help of Senator Paula Sandoval and many others, the Colorado Kids 1st plate finally became a reality in 2007.
The license plate raises funds to support local safety and health projects in two ways. The plate is available to approved non-profits as a fund-raising project with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the local organization. Secondly, Colorado organizations can apply for grants from RMRPI. The grants, which are given on an on-going basis, are meant to fund programs that promote safety and prevent injury in Colorado children.
Dr. Lisa not only puts Colorado kids first in her work, but in her personal life as well. Her own children, Josh, Jake and Emma, are the driving force behind Van Bramer's dedication to community health and safety. Their hand prints are even the artwork that you see in the center of the license plate!