Injury Prevention

The Injury Prevention Program, through a team of health providers and educators, provides education, resources and programs to families and patients at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and in the San Diego community.

The program works closely with the Health and Human Services Agency of San Diego County and the Hospital’s Trauma Center to monitor the incidence and prevalence of unintentional injury in our region. A “Report to the Community” (see below) is published every three years to help focus our efforts on the most common injuries according to age and development. Programs are developed to address these concerns, and information is posted on this website when emerging trends are evident.

Our advocacy and education appear to be having a positive effect in our region. From 2000 to 2013, fatalities due to unintentional injuries have dropped from 6.1 per 100,000 to 3.6 per 100,000.

Injury Prevention graph

Advocacy and Education

We advocate and educate through participation in coalitions, through our own programs and by securing funding to provide injury prevention services.

Rady Children’s is the lead agency for Safe Kids San Diego and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids; both are national and international coalitions devoted to injury surveillance, program development and implementation for childhood injury prevention. Rady Children’s also participates in a consortium of Level 1 trauma centers called the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF). Collectively, these trauma centers provide educational campaigns and programs to address the most prevalent injury concerns in our county.

Our programs focus on the most prevalent injury areas, as well. These include home safety, child passenger safetydrowning prevention, sports and head injury prevention, and pedestrian safety. The Safe Kids coalition has specific task forces to address these injuries.

In addition, Rady Children’s has secured corporate, state and federal funding to provide ongoing, long term services to reduce transportation related injury. Since 2005, The Kohl’s Transportation Safety Program has received a generous annual donation from the Kohl’s Cares Foundation to fund our Child Passenger Safety Program. The Safe Routes to School program, started in the year 2000, has received multiple, consecutive county, state and federal grants to provide pedestrian and biking safety programs to schools throughout the region including National City, Southeastern San Diego, Linda Vista, Central San Diego and El Cajon.

Rady Children’s also has a Safety Store that carries injury prevention products to keep families safe at home, in the water, around flames, in a disaster and in their vehicle. These products are regularly updated according to national safety standards and best product recommendations.

For more information, contact the program manager, Mary Beth Moran.

Phone: 858-576-1700, ext. 3547
Email: mbmoran@rchsd.org