Keeping our kids and our community safe
Over the last two decades, unintentional childhood injury has been the leading killer of children 19 and under in the United States. The major injury risks for children of this age are: Motor vehicle injuries; Fires and burns; Drownings and near drownings; Poisonings, sports and chokings; Unintentional shootings; and Falls.
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Kalamazoo County was founded in 1989 and is led by Bronson Children's Hospital.
Despite the fact that there has been a dramatic 55% reduction in childhood injuries in the USA unintentional, injury is still the number one killer of America's children.
The mission of Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is to reduce death and injury to children in the community by raising community awareness, participating in school and community events, providing education programs, initiating public policy changes, monitoring product safety and distributing safety devices.
Ensuring the safety of the children around us takes a team effort. Collaboration of Safe Kids Kalamazoo County with local hospitals, physicians, paramedics, public and private schools, Colleges/Universities, law enforcement, fire service, policy makers, and local businesses has provided resources to ensure that essential injury prevention programs reach the broadest possible audience and that efforts are not duplicated.
Become a Safe Kids Member or Volunteer
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County is always eager to accept new members in our Coalition. If an individual, business, agency or service group has an interest in injury prevention and childhood safety, Safe Kids would love to have you as a Coalition member. There is no fee to join the Coalition and yet there are benefits you will receive by being a member. Any help or expertise you can share is greatly appreciated.
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County meets as a full Coalition once a month during the year. Meetings are held routinely on the 3rd Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at Bronson Methodist Hospital in the Gilmore Center for Health Education. Meeting notices are sent out in advance and members are also kept updated with meeting minutes and emails. Anyone with agenda item requests should submit them to the Coordinator in advance.
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County also has subcommittees that meet as needed to conduct business. These include:
If you or your organization/business is interested in serving as a volunteer at any of our coalition events, please contact the Coalition Coordinator for more details on how your help can be used. We are always in need of eager volunteers.
Annual Report History (PDF)
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County
601 Johns St. Box 80
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Deb Carpenter, Coordinator
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Portage Police Department
Past Vice President
Portage Police Department
Carrie A. Bowman
Brink, Key & Chludzinski, P.C.
Kalamazoo Communities in Schools
Bronson Children’s Hospital