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

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is a national network of local physician-led, hospital-based programs to prevent childhood injuries through education and environmental change. A national office in New York City assists the local programs and disseminates information about their activities.

The participating hospitals-all Level I pediatric trauma centers-use epidemiological data to identify areas with high rates of childhood injury and work with community groups to implement interventions. Construction of playgrounds and public education in the use of child car seats, bike helmets and other safety equipment are common initiatives.

Started in 1988 as a pilot project run by New York City's Harlem Hospital, Injury Free Coalition for Kids became a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2001, growing to 40 hospitals in 37 cites. When RWJF funding ended in 2008, the network and national office continued with support from other sources.

Key Results

  • The program established an ongoing national network of hospital-based programs focused on reducing injuries to children in high-injury neighborhoods.

  • The program increased knowledge of injury prevention among health professionals and the public and influenced health care policy.