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The Injury prevention program at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital was established in 1997 as a combined effort between the Community Pediatrics Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University and the Pediatric Trauma Program at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. We have been working to prevent childhood injuries in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities of Upper Manhattan in New York City. By combining the resources of the Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a number of community-based organizations, an Injury and Violence Prevention Center (IPV) was established following the model of the highly successful Injury Free Coalition for Kids(R). Today, the program is based out of the pediatric surgery department and continues to deliver community-based injury prevention and is part of the Outreach Core of the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP). The CCISP is one of 9 CDC funded Injury Research and Control Centers across the country that are dedicated to research, training and education and outreach.

The goals of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids program at CHONY are to:

  1. decrease the number of injuries, as well as the resultant morbidity and mortality
  2. the children and youth of Washington Heights and Inwood, and
  3. promote safe neighborhoods, activities and improve outcomes for the children of our community.

We have pursued these goals through a variety of educational, service, and research activities including: Safe at Home programs that address safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome, poison prevention, suffocation, burn safety, and falls among others. Car Passenger Safety Education for neighborhood residents in small group or one-on-one training and training of pediatric residents to provide them with invaluable information on how to keep the children and families safe while riding in a vehicle. Stop the Bleed and Hands Only CPR are important programs that empower community residents, businesses and local organizations to act and potentially save a life using only their hands while they wait for medical assistance to arrive. Other programs include pedestrian and bike safety, the safe sitter program and seasonal injury prevention education.

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DiLenny Roca, MPH, MS, CPS Tech
Injury Prevention Coordinator
New York-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Jeanne Rubsam
Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator
New York-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

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