Injury-Free Coalition for Kids
As the only pediatric trauma center serving San Diego and Imperial counties, Rady Children’s has a long-standing commitment to childhood injury prevention. In addition to being the lead organization for Safe Kids San Diego since 1990, Rady Children’s is now also the lead for the San Diego site of the Injury-Free Coalition for Kids, which will focus its initial efforts in southeastern San Diego. Currently, we are leading a pedestrian safety program and are working with the community to build assets that respond to their priorities and that will ultimately reduce childhood injury.
The Injury-Free Coalition for Kids is among the country’s fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. We are a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education and advocacy. Currently, the coalition includes 42 sites located in 40 cities, each housed in the trauma centers of the participating institutions.
All of the sites are 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, and Coalition members work to empower the diverse populations who live there. They do so by helping people to make their communities safer, and they do it in a manner that is respectful of various cultures, beliefs and lifestyles. Individual programs and interventions are as varied as the communities they serve, so no two sites are the same.
Please visit the Injury Free Coalition for Kids website to learn more about the national organization.