View our slideshow of places "Shining a Green Light" during the first National Injury Prevention Day.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this day a success.
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.
On Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, as the sun went down across the nation, city landmarks were 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 are among the many places that were lighting up in green to raise awareness. Hospitals in at least 15 cities were shining a green light.
Click the name of a city to view photos from that city.
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.
Click on the provided links to view stories.
Austin: A news segment aired on the November 17th to promote child safety/injury and National Injury Prevention day. Dell Children's Hospital and Texas Gun Sense and did social media posts leading up to the day, an op-ed has been submitted to the Austin Statesman. An interview was also conducted on KXAN news (link to article).
Baltimore: On the 18th, Public Health on Call featured Injury Free and Injury Prevention Day, hosted by Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Associate Dean for Practice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Listen to the pocast.
Columbus: The Center for Injury Research and Policy staff wore green when their photo was captured and shared on National Injury Prevention Day. The event was posted using the @CIRPatNCH Twitter handle, the @nationwidekids Twitter handle, and the @PreventChildInj Twitter handle. Information about the event was also included in the Prevent Child Injury newsletter.
Houston: Texas Children's Hospital published an Op Ed in the Houston Chronicle and on the hospital blog.
Iowa City: National Injury Prevention Day was covered in the Injury Control Research Center's monthly injury blog. The Center also produced a zoom background that was shared across the country.
Injury Free Iowa took over the hospital Instagram on Nov. 18th with a "day in the life" theme showing injury prevention colleagues doing work in safe sleep, child passenger safety, ATV safety and teen driving safety. In addition, the site provided a large amount of the staff in the hospital with a pin they wore that said "I'm wearing green because...." The hope was that those efforts would encourage conversation about pediatric injury prevention.
Injury Free Iowa was also joined by other University of Iowa Departments and entities within their Institutions and they sent out social media posts about Injury Prevention Day. The Department of Transportation in Iowa took part as well by posting Injury Prevention messages on interstate signs.
Joplin, Missouri: The Joplin Globe covered local injury prevention efforts at Freeman Health System.
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, featured Injury Prevention on November 18th. In addition to contributing to twitter chats, the PR Department also created a new injury prevention website.
Philadelphia: Injury Free Philadelphia, at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, has produced a website and a flier for Injury Prevention Day. Visit InjuryFreePhiladelphia.org and download the flier.
Seattle: Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center created a toolkit for Injury Prevention Day. The toolkit focuses on suicide prevention and safe storage of firearms. The center has partnered with Forefront, University of Washington's suicide prevention organization. Go to https://hiprc.org/nipd/.
On November 18th a number of Injury Prevention Centers held events and programs to raise awareness about the work they do. San Diego addressed child drownings, Kansas City tackled fire safety, Nashville looked at home safety, and Peoria, Illinois addressed child car passenger safety.
Click the links below to learn more.
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.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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
The NYC Department of Transportation, Safety Education & Outreach
New York State Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection
Jacobi Medical Center, Injury Prevention
FDNY, Fire Safety Education Unit
NYC Poison Control Center
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Environmental Exposure Assessment & Education Program
NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Injury Prevention
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Hospital System
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School
City of Houston
Texas Medical Center
Texas Children's 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
Sporting Kansas City
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
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Trauma Society
Trauma Center Association of America
CDC Injury Control Research Centers:
Columbia University: Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention
Emory University: Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory
Johns Hopkins University: Center for Injury Research and Policy
Nationwide Children's Hospital: Center for Injury Research and Policy
University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center
University of Washington & Harborview Medical Center: Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
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
Good Night Lights, Steve Brosnihan
Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Clare Hospital
The City of St. Louis
The St. Louis Blues
The Magic House
St. Louis Area Police Departments
The Planetarium at the Science Center
Granite City ARCH
Moms Demand Action
Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital
E. Lenita Johnson, Communications Director
Injury Free Coalition for Kids