Kansas City Develops Activities to Address Childhood Injuries

Injury Free Coalition for Kids: Dissemination of a Model Injury Prevention Program for Children and Adolescents

The second three-year replication site of the program was The Kansas City Injury Coalition for Kids (KICK) at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. The site started in January 1994 with $120,000 in IPP funding. Another $10,000 was added to extend activities until June 30, 1998.

The site built a broad coalition with 42 activities, the most of any expansion site; eight focus on bicycle safety. Kansas City also set up a sophisticated injury surveillance system, supported by a local foundation, which tracks injuries over time.

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.

Key Results

  • Since the program started, injury deaths for children and adolescents have decreased from an average of 54 to 41 per year and injury hospital admissions from 670 to 514.

  • The program developed a coalition of more than 50 government officials and community groups.