Safe Routes to School Toolkit Available
As the call for an increase in childhood activity levels escalates, the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention has begun a "National Safe Routes to School" movement locally with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The goal of this program is to work with schools that are increasing awareness about the benefits of walking and biking to school to ensure that safety is being promoted as part of the initiative. There is now a full time coordinator for that Safe Routes to School Program housed at the Mecklenburg County Health Department. If you are interested in learning more on how to start these types of programs at your child's school click here to download a local toolkit to help you get started!
As the originator of the Operation Medicine Drop project, the injury staff have worked with staff offices to develop a toolkit for use by other agencies. To access that toolkit go to www.ncsafekids.org
Home Safety Checklists
In an effort to protect area children the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention is partnering with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services to make home safety checklists available to social workers. The social workers can use these checklists at home visits with local families to educate these families on how to make the home environment safer for children.
In addition to safety checklists, positive parenting skills can help protect your child too. Just click here to learn more. To download a brochure about keeping your baby safe just click here. To view the Keeping Your Baby Safe Brochure in Spanish click here. And if you are expecting a baby and would like additional information about the many classes we offer at Carolinas Medical Center just click here.
Home Safety Checklists for Caregivers
Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention also continues to support local, regional, state and national, injury prevention efforts through our appointment on the National Association of Children's Hospitals Injury Prevention Board, the UNC Charlotte Public Health Advisory Board, the Child Fatality Team Executive Board, chairing the Injury Prevention Committee for the Regional Metrolina Trauma Committee, and by serving on other coalitions including, the Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition, the Drug Free Charlotte Coalition, the Healthy Carolinians Coalition, and the Carolinas Medical Center Youth Violence Prevention Committee.
In an effort to provide the best safety information possible, the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention, a division of Levine Children's Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center and supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine maintains a website with caregiver checklists and tips sheets by age of child and topic area. To access safety information by your child's age click here. To access tip sheets on a variety of topics click here.