Welcome to Safe Kids Central Ohio, a coalition of public and private organizations working together to prevent injuries to children. Unintentional injuries are the number one killer of children ages 2 to 14. Local statistics have identified the need to focus on: child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and fire/burn safety. In 1987, the National Safe Kids Coalition launched a nationwide injury prevention program in pilot communities throughout the country. Central Ohio, under the leadership of Columbus Public Health, was chosen to be a part of this initial campaign. Columbus Public Health remains the lead agency, providing leadership and coordination of activities for Safe Kids Central Ohio. All coalition members have a passion to protect children and help them grow up safe and healthy. We encourage others who share this passion to become involved. Meetings, which begin at 11 a.m., are held the second Wednesday of every other month at Columbus Public Health. We invite you to attend one of our meetings so that you can see what we are all about. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. Please come and learn about reducing injuries to children.
The Safe Kids Central Ohio Coalition works to prevent
unintentional injuries to children from birth through age 14.
The Safe Kids Central Ohio Coalition is a structured group of diverse individuals and organizations who have joined together to:
- Provide leadership in the community in reducing childhood injury.
Encourage community action.
- Achieve practical safety improvements through public policy development, regulatory changes and legislative initiatives.
- Raise overall community awareness about injury incidence and injury prevention through the media and public education.
- Serve as a means for institutional change.
- Distribute lifesaving products such as smoke detectors, bike helmets, and child safety seats.