Injury Prevention Program
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Safe Kids Florida
Each year, an estimated 4 million Florida children (1 out of 4), ages 14 and under, will experience injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Safe Kids Florida is part of Safe Kids Worldwide. The Florida Department of Health, Injury Prevention Program, is the lead organization for Safe Kids Florida. There are currently 10 local Safe Kids coalitions and 7 Safe Kids chapters located throughout Florida. Eighty-seven percent of Florida’s children ages 14 and under live in a county where Safe Kids operates.
How do we fulfill our mission?
Local Coalitions and Chapters
Local coalitions and state chapters provide leadership to their communities and work to reduce accidental childhood injury. They identify and target the most common injury problems in their local areas. Then, by combining resources of their diverse membership, they plan and put into operation strategies to address those problems by:
Coalition and chapter members reach out to their local communities with injury prevention messages, safety devices, and hands-on-training. Through grassroots efforts, Safe Kids programs reach families.
Safe Kids Florida is responsible for:
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this program by phone or in writing.
Safe Kids Advisory Board
The Advisory Board are individuals from various organizations who assist the Office of Injury Prevention in Safe Kids Florida strategic planning, plan implementation, safety messaging, and identifying chapter and coalition resources. The following members serve on the Safe Kids Florida Advisory Board:
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. More then 600 coalitions and chapters in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Worldwide supports research, development, and implementation of various preventative safety programs to meet the injury needs through the 16 member countries including the United States.
Trends in Accidental Injury-Related Deaths in Children
Safe Kids was founded in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. Injury prevention efforts do work. Nationally from 1987 to 2004, the number of children ages 14 and under who died due to preventable injury declined. The statistics from Safe Kids show the decreases by the leading cause of death:
Florida Childhood Injury Facts
For additional data, please see the Data Page.