St. Louis Reduces Children's Deaths from Burns and Firearms as Part of Injury Education Program

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

The St. Louis Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Coalition was based on the HHIPP model. Activities included community-based injury prevention education and providing safe and constructive activities and/or environments in which children can live and play.

Injury Free St. Louis and the St. Louis Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Coalition are dedicated to reducing childhood injury by:

  • Creating safe and constructive places for children to play.
  • Educating children and families about injury prevention.
  • Increasing awareness of fire safety.
  • Providing a creative outlet through art.

The St. Louis program has completed two playgrounds and has begun a surveillance system.

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

  • Project staff mapped the city, identifying zip codes with the highest injury rates for children and concentrated its efforts in these areas, particularly burns and firearm deaths and injuries.

  • Deaths from both burns and firearms decreased significantly since the program started.