Programs


The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Boston at Boston Children’s Hospital is an intervention program targeting prevention of the major causes of injuries in the Boston area. Our programs focus on home safety, a child passenger safety, and bike helmet distribution programs as well as legislative advocacy related to injury prevention.

The overall goal of Injury Free Boston is to reduce the incidence of injuries to children under the age of 15.

Boston (Boston Children's) Directors


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Maria McMahon, MSN, RN,CPNP AC/PC, EMT-B
Trauma Program Manager
617.355.7332
maria.mcmahon@childrens.harvard.edu

Barbara.Digirolamo, M.Ed, CPST
Child Passenger Safety/Injury Prevention Specialist
617.355.7332
Barbara.Digirolamo@childrens.harvard.edu

Meg McCabe, CPST
Injury Prevention Specialist
617.355.7332
meg.mccabe@childrens.harvard.edu

Cassandra 'Casey' Slater
Injury Prevention Specialist
617.355.7332
cassandra.slater@childrens.harvard.edu

Mapping address: 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115



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Unfortunately research on child passenger safety and disparities has demonstrated that Hispanic and black children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a motor vehicle. In 2004, Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota® teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life, which is a community and faith-based initiative to reduce this epidemic. Buckle Up for Life is a community-based car passenger safety education program that educates the entire family and provides free child car seats to families in need. To deliver the education in the most effective manner, the program works in close collaboration with local churches. Buckle Up for Life partners spend six weeks working with each church, teaching the children, teens and adults about car passenger safety, ultimately leading to a huge car seat event! Boston Children’s Hospital was fortunate to have become a partner site in the summer of 2014 and to date has provided approximately 300 free car seats. We are expanding our range west of Boston this spring to partner with underserved communities in Massachusetts that we have identified.

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There are four arms of our child passenger safety program to enable us to reach our patients at various areas of the hospital. The overall goals of the child passenger safety program are to educate families and provide needed child safety seats for the safe transport of all our patients.

Inpatient Program: The Injury Prevention Program at Boston Children’s Hospital includes a program for inpatient (hospitalized) children. The goal of this program is to ensure that every child <8 years of age leaving Children's Hospital, Boston in a motor vehicle has been screened by an RN and is properly restrained in a car seat. The Inpatient CPS Program serves children with special needs including premature infants who require car beds, children with orthopedic injuries who need specialized car seats for spica casts (Hippo car seat), children with medical problems necessitating they must lie down while riding in a car (EZ-On Vest®), as well as children who need a standard child safety seat. Parents may request for a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to check the installation of their seat. The Inpatient Car Seat program gives children and families the resources and education needed to stay safe while riding in vehicles, reducing the incidence and severity of devastating childhood injuries.

Community Car Seat Fitting Station: A community car seat fitting station occurs weekly on Wednesdays by appointment only. Families can call the Injury Prevention Program at 617-355-7332.

Emergency Department Program: The Emergency Department child passenger program assesses < 8 years old for having an appropriate car seat prior to discharge home. This is done as part of the initial nursing assessment. Child passenger safety education and car seats are provided to patients as needed.

Primary Car Program: Boston Children’s Primary Care at Longwood and Martha Eliot Health Center: Car seat workshops are held monthly at Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center and Martha Eliot Health Center. The workshop includes a video and hands on demonstration. On completion of the class the parents are eligible for a free car seat (infant, toddler, and booster seat).

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Rebekah Coelho
857.218.3526



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According to SafeKids Worldwide, six children per day die from an unintentional home injury in the United States. This project was developed after several members of our team visited with mothers and children who had been hospitalized from a preventable injury that occurred in a shelter. This project is aimed at improving the health and well-being of children and their families by providing them a safe place to live, and by reducing unintentional injuries. We know that the emotional stress for a child living in a shelter is high, and so we hope to provide some relief by decreasing preventable physical injuries. The goal of this project is to identify safety needs at the 26 Family Shelters in the Greater Boston area and to provide an educational and resource intervention to make each of them safe. We are in the process of walking through each shelter and using our Family Shelter Safety Needs Assessment Form. This form was developed by public health professionals and physicians at Boston Medical Center, in collaboration with SafeKids Worldwide and our team here at Boston Children’s Hospital, to assess each room that a family occupies in the shelter for home safety in accordance with best practice guidelines. Once we complete this evaluation phase, we will begin planning interventions at each shelter. We will maintain ongoing relationships with each shelter director, providing resources and education as needed in the future. Our long term-goal is to create an assessment model that can be used by shelters nationwide to evaluate home safety conditions.

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In an effort to prevent the serious or fatal effects of sports related head injuries in children, the Injury Prevention Program at Boston Children’s Hospital has partnered with the Boston Children’s Primary Care at Longwood and other community health centers in the area, to distribute bicycle and sports helmets to families that cannot afford them. All children are screened for helmet ownership and types of sports played at routine medical appointment, and are then provided with anticipatory guidance on helmet use and proper helmet fit.

Additionally, all patients admitted with unintentional injuries are screened for general injury prevention needs, and helmets are distributed with bedside education as needed.. The Injury Prevention team is currently collecting data to determine whether this intervention could results in decreases of sport related head injury from lack of helmet use. The Safety Store at Boston Children’s Hospital also sells sports helmets at a reduced price, as well as other home and sport safety equipment, for our patients and general public.

Contact Information

Misael Abreu
Injury Prevention Specialist
617.355.5941
misael.abreu@childrens.harvard.edu



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The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation’s mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord, and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy. They empower each of their chapter sites to provide education to students of all ages in an effective and thought provoking way. Through the Injury Prevention Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, our Injury Prevention Specialists teach a ThinkFirst general safety course to school-aged children in Massachusetts. The goal of this course is to get children to “think first” before making decisions that relate to their safety at home, school, and during play. We cover a range of topics during each session, which includes booster seat/seat belt use, helmet use, safe walking practices, water safety, fire safety, and playground safety. Additionally, each school visited receives an interactive booklet for their students, which allows the students a more in depth way to continued to learn about safety in a fun, engaging way. The vision for our ThinkFirst initiative here at Boston Children’s Hospital is to reach as many students as possible in the Greater Boston area, through presentations not only in the school setting but also at family safety fairs, community events, and children’s summer camps.

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Lois Lee, MD, MPH

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Dr. Lois Lee is an attending pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Boston and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She did her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. She received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her clinical and research interests are in pediatric trauma care and injury prevention. She also practices injury prevention at home with her son and her daughter.

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lois.lee@childrens.harvard.edu

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300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


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David Mooney, MD, MPH

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Dr. David Mooney is the Director of the Trauma Center, an attending in pediatric general surgery and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His research interests focus on evaluating and improving pediatric trauma care, in addition to exploring the causes and outcomes of injuries among children and adolescents. Dr. Mooney received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at the Medical Center Hospital in Burlington, VT, and a fellowship at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Dr. Mooney earned a Masters of Public Health degree from Harvard University in 2006. Dr. Mooney is a member of the Massachusetts State Trauma Committee and the Verification Review Committee of the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. He is a past-chair of the Trauma Committee of the American Pediatric Academy Association and is a member of the Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Barbara DiGirolamo

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Injury Prevention Specialist

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barbara.digirolamo@childrens.harvard.edu

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617.355.7332

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