Programs


The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven, a collaborative partnership between Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine, provides safety and injury prevention information and activities to the community in the following areas: Child passenger Safety, Violence Prevention, General Injury Prevention including pedestrian safety, bike helmet use, fall prevention, teen driving safety.

Our goal is to prevent and reduce injury by serving, empowering, and educating our patients, families and community on injury and violence prevention.

New Haven Directors


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Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven
300 George St, 4th Floor, Room 449
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Mapping address: 1 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06510



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The Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Injury and Violence Prevention offers a comprehensive child passenger safety (CPS) program both within the hospital and community throughout the state. Education is provided to staff and families, and installation assistance appointments are offered regularly.

For our staff, we offer both certification training as well as basic CPS awareness and harnessing. The trained staff then takes their knowledge to train other staff and parents/caregivers.

Currently, fitting station appointments are offered twice monthly at both New Haven and Bridgeport Campuses.

The CPS program also works to support all CT Department of Transportation (DOT) approved fitting stations throughout the state by sending CPS instructors to their fitting stations or events and administering a supply grant that provides car seats and fitting station tools and supplies. Additionally, the program runs DOT continuing education (CEU) workshops for technicians in the state to attain their CEU recertification requirements.

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YNH Hospital Violence Intervention Program - Our Hospital Violence Intervention Program (HVIP) fosters collaboration between hospital providers and community resources to advance trauma-informed case management services for victims of violence at Yale New Haven Hospital. Hospital Violence Intervention Program provides targeted case management services to victims of violence. Services and referrals include; Victims assistance coordination via the Victims of Crime Act, Mental health service coordination including brief trauma-focused therapy, Coordination of medical follow-up for injuries, Coordination with community-based services for employment and educational advancement, and referrals and coordination with the community-based services for food, clothing and legal advocacy.

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Site PI Dr. Kirsten Bechtel serves as director for the Pediatric Traumatic Stress Referral Program in the Children's ED of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. This program helps to coordinate referrals to the Center for Traumatic Stress and Recovery at the Yale Child Study Center for children who suffer from traumatic events such as physical and sexual assaults, experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, or traumatic injuries. Such children are at risk for post-traumatic stress symptoms, and referring them for trauma-focused treatment can reduce the likelihood of full-blown Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Every 7 minutes, a pedestrian is killed or injured. This reality hit home in New Haven after a Medical student and an 11-year old girl were recently killed by motor vehicles. The STREET SMARTS program was created in 2008 to eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist injuries in Greater New Haven by sensitizing drivers to the fact that pedestrians and bicyclists are legitimate road users and should always be expected on or near the roadway. STREET SMARTS also educates pedestrians and bikers about minimizing risks to their safety, such as wearing properly-fitting helmets and using designated crossing locations. The Public Relation Society of America has awarded the STREETS SMARTS Campaign with three awards including “Best In Show” at the 2009 Mercury Awards.

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With the help of Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund, efforts have been made to reduce the numbers of injuries due to falls in the home in children under the age of two. The injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital have used the support of Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund to focus community education on window and stair safety. Resources have been allocated to research studying the cause of falls, as well as providing low-income families with children under the age of four with window guards, safety gates, and educational materials. The focus of this effort was targeted to a high-risk housing project in the New Haven area after two tragic incidents involving children falling from open windows. A collaborative partnership with the New Haven housing authority afforded us the ability to have the window guards and gates installed properly by the superintendent of the apartment building.

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Kirsten Bechtel, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine; Attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital; Medical director of the Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

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Kirsten Bechtel MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and medical director of the Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program. She was appointed by Governor Rowland in 2001 to serve as the pediatrician for the state’s Child Fatality Review Panel. She was appointed by then Provost Peter Salvoes to be the chairperson of Yale University’s Traffic Safety Committee in 2011 and is also a member of the University Safety Committee.

Her research interests include the medical and forensic evaluation of children and adolescents who have been sexually assaulted, the medical evaluation of infants and children who have died unexpectedly, the prevention and evaluation of accidental and abusive head trauma, the prevention of interpersonal violence among adolescents and the prevention of sleep-related deaths among infants. Her legislative advocacy efforts include the development of safer roads for all users through her work as a member of the Executive Committee of BikeWalkCT and the CT Livable Streets Coalition; the development of an Infant Safe Sleep Plan throughout the YNHH system and the state of Connecticut.

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James Dodington, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Co-Medical Director, Injury Prevention, Community Outreach and Research Program, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

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James Dodington, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. His research interests include violence prevention, and health disparities research with a focus on community-based participatory research (CBPR). He was the research director for an NIH-funded youth violence prevention project called YouthHaven, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. He currently is working with the New Haven Family Alliance, a community-based organization, to develop a Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital and with Streetsafe Bridgeport, a Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program at Bridgeport Hospital.

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