Twitter Chat | Social Media | Other Media | Shining a Green Light | Government Proclamations | Programs & Events | Thank You


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children are dealing with another crisis. Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to U.S. children from 1 to 18 years old. Every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids will launch the inaugural "National Injury Prevention Day" to raise awareness about the significance of injury and advocate for prevention. Doctors, nurses, and community outreach personnel at close to 40 Level I Trauma Centers around the country will join forces that day, each in their own way addressing the injuries most prevalent in their communities.

About Injury Free

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids® is among the country's most effective injury prevention programs. It is comprised of over 40 sites located in Level I Trauma Centers of 30 states across the country in all the country's Federal Trauma Regions. These sites, including yours, have hospital-based, community-oriented injury prevention programs whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy. Each site has independent, physician-led programs driven by the Coalition's mission: preventing injury to children. While research determines where the injuries take place and which ones are most prevalent and severe, most of the injuries addressed occur in urban environments. Coalition members work to empower the diverse populations who live there, and they address the injuries most prevalent in their areas.


How are Injury Free sites participating?

National Injury Prevention Day Twitter Chat

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids will host a live one hour twitter chat on November 18th at 1:00 pm EST with Injury Free sites and their institutions to help inform people about the urgent need to prevent injuries and how everyone can play a role. To join the conversation use the hashtag #BeInjuryFree.

November 18th at 1 pm EST — #BeInjuryFree

Topics to be discussed include injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, safe storage of firearms, the need for safe sleep, home safety, holiday safety and other injuries often seen in emergency departments across the country.

Social Media

More than half of Injury Free's 40 partnering hospitals are promoting National Injury Prevention Day using social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Sites are boosting content online, producing and distributing injury prevention materials, including brochures, newsletters, flyers, coloring books and stickers.

A number of sites are encouraging employees to wear green, and promoting the day with hospital signage indoors and out.

Other Media

Baltimore: On the 18th, Public Health on Call will feature Injury Free and Injury Prevention Day, hosted by Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Associate Dean for Practice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Houston (Texas Children's): Texas Children's Hospital is publishing an Op Ed in the Houston Chronicle and on the hospital blog.

Minneapolis: In Hennepin County a weekly radio station show called Health Matters, a popular 1-hour show with call-in questions answered by experts in the field, will feature Injury Prevention on November 18th.

New York (Children's): The Children's Hospital of NY is producing a short movie looking at Injury Prevention.

Multiple sites are producing radio and television PSAs.

Shining a Green Light

On Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, as the sun goes down across the nation, city landmarks will be shining green. The Johns Hopkins dome in Baltimore, the Hemsley Building on Park Avenue in New York, The Prudential Building in Boston, and bridges in Arkansas and Houston will be among many places lighting up in green to raise awareness. Hospitals in at least 15 cities will be shining a green light.

  • Baltimore — Baltimore City Hall, Johns Hopkins Dome
  • Birmingham — Children's Hospital
  • Boston — the Prudential Building
  • Chicago — Lurie Hand Logo will be lit in green
  • Cincinnati — CCHMC Resource Center
  • Houston — City Hall; Hazard, Woodhead, Dunlavy, Mandell, Graustark & Montrose Bridges along Corridor I-69 (11/18-11/19)
  • Houston (Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital) — Sarofim Tower & Medical Plaza (11/17-11/19)
  • Houston (Texas Children's Hospital) — Legacy Tower (Medical Center)
  • Indianapolis — Hospital
  • Iowa City — Hospital, Bridge in Iowa City, Des Moines Bridge
  • Kansas City — Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus, Children's mercy Hospital Kansas, Charlie's House
  • Little Rock — 3 of 5 bridges
  • Minneapolis — Nicollet Mall (main shopping street downtown) and Lowry Bridge (new bridge over the Mississippi)
  • New York — Hemsley Building on Park Ave.
  • Philadelphia — Ben Franklin Bridge, Lincoln Financial Field home of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL, Subaru Park Home of the MLS team The Philadelphia Union
  • Phoenix — Children's Hospital
  • Pittsburgh — The Gulf Tower, Koppers building, Rugby Realty, The Offices of the City and County of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Courthouse, UPMC Children's, UPMC Presbyterian – lighting up the cupola on top of the building!, UPMC Williamsport, Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Geisinger, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, UPMC Hamot (Erie)
  • St. Louis — both children's hospitals, the Ferris Wheel, and the Science Center

When the sun goes down, please shine a green light to help efforts to Prevent Childhood Injuries. Send a photo so that we can show how you shared in lighting a way toward change. Follow @InjuryFreeKids on Twitter or @InjuryFreeCoalitionForKids on Facebook to view photos of our sites in green and to share your own photos of the first National Injury Prevention Day.

Government Proclamations
  • Baltimore — Baltimore City Mayor's Office
  • Boston — Mayoral Proclamation
  • Houston — Mayoral Proclamation
  • Indianapolis — requested
  • Iowa City — Gubernatorial Proclamation
  • Little RockGubernatorial Proclamation
  • Philadelphia — Mayoral Proclamation
  • Pittsburgh — Mayoral Proclamation
  • St. Louis — Mayoral Proclamation
Programs and Events

On November 18th a number of Injury Prevention Centers will raise awareness about the work they do. San Diego will address child drownings, Kansas City will address fire safety, Nashville will look at home safety, and Peoria, Illinois will address child car passenger safety.

Thank You

Thank you to all Hospitals, Cities, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies, Organizations and Associations for helping to Shine a Green Light to raise awareness about the need to address and prevent Injuries. Together we are working to make a difference.

Atlanta, GA

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 
Emory University School of Medicine
Grady Hospital

Austin, TX

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Hospital
The City of Baltimore

Birmingham, AL

Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Health System

Boston, MA

Boston Children's Hospital

Brooklyn, NY

Maimonides Medical Center

Chicago, IL

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Hartford, CT

Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Houston, TX

Texas Children's Hospital
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
City of Houston
The State of Texas, I-69 Corridor

Indianapolis, IN

Riley Hospital for Children
Indiana University Health

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
The City of Iowa City
The City of Des Moines

Kansas City, MO

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Charlie's House
Kansas City Fire Department
Kansas City Police Department
Nurture KC, Healthy Start
Safety & Health Council of Western MO & KS
Bike Walk KC
The City of Kansas City
Union Station

Jacksonville, FL

University of Florida Health

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Children's Hospital
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The State of Arkansas

Long Island, NY

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Milwaukee, WI

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin Healthcare
Nicollet Mall
Hennepin County

Nashville, TN

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

New York, NY

Hemsley Building on Park Ave
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Palo Alto, CA

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Peoria, IL

Children's Hospital of Illinois

Philadelphia, PA

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union, MLS

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh
Rugby Realty
The Office of the mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto
The County Executive for Allegheny County, Rich Fitzgerald

Portland, OR

Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel

Providence, RI

Hasbro Children's Hospital/Injury Prevention Center

Rochester, NY

Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
University of Rochester Medical Center

San Diego, CA

Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Children's Hospital
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
The City of St. Louis
The Ferris Wheel
The Science Center

Seattle, WA

Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital



E. Lenita Johnson, Communications Director
Injury Free Coalition for Kids