In 1998, the Children's Medical Center of Dallas established an Injury Free Coalition for Kids project using its own funds and additional funding from its 32 collaborative partners, including the Community Council of Greater Dallas, the public library, the American Red Cross and police and fire departments.
Project staff enacted a three-point plan to educate people about preventable and predictable injuries involving children; advocate for public policy changes related to child safety; and organize intensive injury prevention efforts in the neediest communities served by the Children's Medical Center.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Injury Free Coalition for Kids: Dissemination of a Model Injury Prevention Program for Children and Adolescents.
Project staff started activities to address child passenger safety, bicycle safety and drowning prevention.
It developed two education programs:
- "Kids on the Block," a puppet education program for second and third grades.
- "Risk Watch," a pre-K through eighth grade curriculum about major injury risks: auto, bike, pedestrian, drowning, poisoning, choking and fires.