Vision: Safe Kids Florida will be a recognized statewide advocate for children's safety and the prevention of unintentional injury.
Mission: The mission of Safe Kids is to reduce the number of unintentional childhood injuries and deaths that occur in Florida to children ages 19 and under.
Each year, approximately 1 out of 10 Florida children, ages 19 and under, are injured seriously enough to require a visit to the emergency department or admission to the hospital for medical treatment. Safe Kids Florida is part of Safe Kids Worldwide. The Florida Department of Health, Injury Prevention Program, is the lead organization for Safe Kids Florida. There are currently 11 local Safe Kids coalitions and 6 Safe Kids chapters located throughout Florida. Eighty-one percent of Florida’s children ages 19 and under live in a county where Safe Kids operates.
Did You Know?
In 2012, the childhood unintentional injury fatality rate in Safe Kids counties was 47.3% lower than the rate in non-Safe Kids counties which corresponds to 191 fewer deaths than expected had the fatality rates been the same.
Local coalitions and chapters provide leadership to their communities and work to reduce unintentional childhood injury and death. They identify and target the most common injury problems in their local areas. Then, by combining the resources of their diverse membership, they plan and put into operation strategies to address those problems by:
Coalition and chapter members reach out to their local communities with injury prevention messages, safety devices, and hands-on training. Through grassroots efforts, Safe Kids Florida programs reach families.
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this program by phone or in writing.
The Advisory Board are individuals from various organizations who assist the Injury Prevention Program in Safe Kids Florida strategic planning, plan implementation, safety messaging, and identifying chapter and coalition resources. The following members serve on the Safe Kids Florida Advisory Board:
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. Every year, preventable injuries kill almost 1 million children around the world. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and partners with organizations in 23 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.
Safe Kids Worldwide supports research, development, and implementation of various preventative safety programs to meet the injury needs through the 16 member countries, including the United States.
Since 1988, when Safe Kids was founded by Dr. Marty Eichelberger of the Children’s National Medical Center with support from founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, there has been a 55 percent decrease in the unintentional injury rate among children 19 years and younger.
Florida Childhood Injury Facts
For additional data, please see the Florida Injury Surveillance Data System page.
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