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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Childrenâ€™s Healthcare of AtlantaÂ
Emory University School of Medicine
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Hospital
The City of Baltimore
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Health System
Boston Children's Hospital
Maimonides Medical Center
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Texas Children's Hospital
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
City of Houston
The State of Texas, I-69 Corridor
Riley Hospital for Children
Indiana University Health
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
The City of Iowa City
The City of Des Moines
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
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
University of Florida Health
Arkansas Children's Hospital
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The State of Arkansas
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Hemsley Building on Park Ave
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Children's Hospital of Illinois
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union, MLS
Phoenix Children's Hospital
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh
The Office of the mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto
The County Executive for Allegheny County, Rich Fitzgerald
Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel
Hasbro Children's Hospital/Injury Prevention Center
Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
The City of St. Louis
The Ferris Wheel
The Science Center
Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital
E. Lenita Johnson, Communications Director
Injury Free Coalition for Kids