INJURY FREE COALITION FOR KIDS OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Birmingham, Alabama focuses on injury prevention in the West End sector of the state’s largest city and county seat of Jefferson County. The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, home of our Injury Free, is the pediatric referral center for the entire state but receives the majority of patients from the Birmingham, Jefferson County and contiguous county areas. The West End sector population provides a significant share of the hospital’s outpatient and inpatient census and is an area of lower socioeconomic, minority citizenry. Injury Free injury surveillance data suggests West End is also an area of high injury incidence.

Injury Free of Birmingham has established a partnership of the Children’s Hospital, Jefferson County Department of Health, Chris McNair Health Center, Safe Kids of Alabama, Think First (head and spinal cord injury prevention program), the Southeast Child Safety Institute, the Birmingham Regional EMS service and the West End Community Association. This coalition facilitates access to children through well child visits, acute care visits, church, schools and neighborhoods.

Guided by local hospital surveillance information, we are focusing on burn injuries, bicycle-related injuries and poisonings. Educational poison and injury prevention materials are being developed in both English and Spanish languages for community-wide distribution. We are working to improve burn care follow up, an area of need identified by earlier research. Bicycle helmets are being distributed in our intervention area along with bike safety resource packets for local area leaders.

In conjunction with the local Headstart program, we will offer a Injury Prevention Fair this spring. This will consist of multiple stations of interactive educational experiences for the children of the neighborhood. Some of these stations will include: pedestrian safety interactive experience, home safety Velcro game, poison control game, Smoke House interactive experience, water safety activities, and a bicycle rodeo. We also plan to distribute and fit bicycle helmets and booster seat give-aways. Families attending will receive a free smoke detector and instructions for proper installation from our local fire department.

Birmingham Directors


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Kathy Monroe, MD
kmonroe@peds.uab.edu
(205) 939-9587

Michele Nichols, MD
MNichols@peds.uab.edu
(205) 939-9587

William King, RPH, MPH DrPH
BKIng@peds.uab.edu
(205) 939-9720

Mapping address: 1600 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233



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Kathy Monroe, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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Kathy W. Monroe, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama where she is an attending physician in the Emergency Department.

Her job consists of Clinical (actively seeing patients in the Pediatric Emergency Department), Research and Education (co-director for the Injury Prevention and Advocacy week for all interns). Dr. Monroe is the chair for the Alabama Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury Prevention. In this role she has created a listserv for her committee to routinely discuss issues and topics of importance. She is working with the state AAP office and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama to promote legislative changes in the teen driving bill and to do outreach education in the area of All Terrain Vehicle Safety. She is actively involved in outreach injury prevention activities in an area of high risk in Alabama and is working toward expanding those efforts to the rest of the state.

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Email Address:
kmonroe@peds.uab.edu

Phone Number:
205 9399587

Mailing Address:
1729 Oxmoor Road
Birmingham Al 35209


Michele Nichols

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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mnichols@peds.uab.edu

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2059399587

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The Children's Hospital of Alabama
1600 7th Ave south
suite 205 Midtown Center
bham Al 35233


William D. King

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Professor of Pediatrics

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Bking@peds.uab.edu

Phone Number:
2059399720

Mailing Address:
The Children's Hospital of Alabama
1600 7th ave South
Bham Al 35233


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