Program to reduce childhood injuries in Harlem

This pilot project is designed to reduce preventable accidental injuries in Central Harlem through a hospital-led, community-wide effort. The major objective of the project is to reduce the number of playground-related injuries that result in hospital admissions, hospital encounters, and/or deaths in Central Harlem by 500 percent. The project also intends to reduce the number of fall-related injuries that result in hospitalization. Foundation funds will primarily be used to support one trauma coordinator and two community liaison workers. These staff will survey and document the extent and nature of the playground and housing problems; more fully develop Harlem's trauma registry database; provide school, hospital and community-based injury education activities; assist in block and park monitoring groups; and systematically identify families without window guards and assist them in securing those window guards. In kind resources and a limited amount of Foundation funds will be utilized to help evaluate whether the project is successful in reducing the number of playground and fall-related injuries that result in hospitalization of Central Harlem children.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $241,544.00

Awarded on: 7/14/1988

Time frame: 8/1/1988 - 7/31/1990

Grant Number: 13396


Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center

506 Lenox Avenue
New York, 10037-1889


Barbara A. Barlow
Project Director