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Since 1997, the Community Pediatrics Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University and the Pediatric Trauma Program at the New York- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital have been working to prevent childhood injuries in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities of New York City. By combining the resources of the Hospital, Columbia University, and a number of community-based organizations, we established an Injury and Violence Prevention Center following the model of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids(®). Our goals are to decrease the number of unintentional injuries, as well as the resultant morbidity and mortality, to the children and youth of Washington Heights and Inwood, and to promote safe neighborhoods, activities and lifestyles for the residents of our community. We have pursued these goals through a variety of educational, service, and research activities.

Working with local public and private schools, we bring injury prevention and traffic safety education to the classroom and we invite students to attend an annual traffic safety theater presentation at the hospital; each year we host approximately 400 students at this popular event. Within our hospital, we provide injury prevention training to pediatric residents, which includes techniques for screening families for interpersonal violence and for discussing injury prevention in both clinical and community settings. The Pediatric Trauma Program collects injury-related data through the in-house Pediatric Trauma Registry. Using real time data, we have the ability to identify the causes of injury related morbidity and mortality in our neighborhood and to design injury prevention programs to address these problems.

Following Harlem Hospital's lead, we have built playgrounds and safe play areas at neighborhood schools. In early 2000 we petitioned our colleagues at the NY City Department of Transportation to building a Safety City site for the children of Washington Heights. The site opened in 2002 and continues to educate local 3rd grade students about traffic safety in a simulated NYC street environment in our community every year.


In the future…
Over the next several years, we will continue to enhance our current initiatives to prevent unintentional injuries in Washington Heights and Inwood, and also to strengthen our collaboration efforts to increase our community's capacity to prevent pediatric injuries.



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DiLenny Roca
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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