The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Des Moines is a hospital-community partnership based at Blank Children’s Hospital, the only health care facility in the state dedicated exclusively to children. The mission of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids is to educate, research and promote safety initiatives in local communities.
Blank Children's Hospital is currently involved in a partnership with the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, in which parents of students attending rural school districts are taught specific ways to communicate safe driving messages to their teens, while at the same time getting more involved in their teen's early driving experience. Baseline and follow-up surveys will measure changes in knowledge, attitude and self-reported driving behavior of teens. This three-year project is the continuation of a three-year Injury Free Coalition for Kids teen driving project, during which community coalitions were formed to research and influence the habits and knowledge of teen drivers.
Blank Children’s Hospital is an 88-bed facility providing complete medical care to children across Iowa. Through our Center for Advocacy and Outreach, we reach beyond hospital walls to provide community health and safety programs for children and families to promote child health and well-being. We also reach out to healthcare professionals to teach important medical education so that newborns to teens across Iowa receive the highest level of care when they need it most.