The Problem: Accidental/Unintentional childhood injury
Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death among children ages 19 and under in the United States. Each year one out of every four children needs medical attention for an accidental injury. In addition, most of these unintentional injuries and deaths are preventable.
The Solution: Safe Kids
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. The majority of accidental injuries can be prevented and since being founded in 1988, there has been a 55% decrease in unintentional injury rates among children 19 and under.
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is one of over 600 state and local coalitions and chapters in the United States and in over 20 other countries of the world that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families against unintentional injuries.
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County brings together the expertise of individuals in our community who are dedicated to reducing childhood injuries. Safe Kids Kalamazoo County Coalition members include, but are not limited to: EMS, law enforcement, fire departments, service groups, childcare providers, school personnel, government agencies, city personnel, parents, Western Michigan University staff, and Bronson Methodist Hospital staff. Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is has an extensive coalition network that provides programming in the same service area.
What We Do
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County works to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths and injuries by uniting diverse groups and individuals to: