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Center for Injury Research and Policy

Safety Centers

Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death for children over the age of one. JHCIRP research demonstrated that Baltimore City children had injury rates twice as high as the national average. Since 1997, JHCIRP has offered solutions to the problem of pediatric injuries, namely safety resource centers. Currently, we offer two safety resource centers:

Visit either of our safety centers to learn more about safety and how to protect your child from the leading threat to his or her health – unintentional injuries.

Mission

Our safety centers share the same mission: to keep our communities’ children safe through public and professional education, service delivery, product distribution, and advocacy. Health educators staff the safety centers and work with visitors one-on-one or in small groups to provide personalized and engaging injury prevention information tailored to the unique needs of children and families. Both safety centers carry an inventory of reduced-cost safety products and provide demonstrations of their proper use. The safety centers offer services ranging from infant safe sleep education, to fall prevention for toddlers, bicycle helmet fittings for older children, and car seat installations for all ages. Safety products are available at below-retail prices and safety services are free. Donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue to provide these services. To date, we have served more than 35,000 people.

Recognition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes the JHCIRP safety center model as a public health Success Story.

The CARES Safety Center was honored in 2007 to be the recipient of the Nicholas Rosecrans Award. The national award memorializes Nicholas, a toddler whose drowning sparked a group of paramedics to create EPIC (Eliminating Preventable Injuries to Children) Medics and assume community leadership in injury prevention. The annual award is presented by JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and EPIC Medics to recognize excellence in injury prevention programs.

Replication Guide

Interested in starting your own children’s safety center? Our safety centers have served as a model for addressing the pediatric injury problem. In response to national and international requests for technical assistance, our team produced The Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center: A Replication Guide and a promotional video, Prescription for Safety: The Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center. To order the replication guide using our request form, and follow the directions for mailing or faxing the form to us.

Coming soon is a new replication guide for communities interested in developing a mobile safety center to address their community’s injury problem.

Consultation

Our team is available to provide consultation on creating educational exhibits, preparing educational curricula and protocols, developing staff training materials, evaluating programs and myriad other administrative and evaluations systems to support your safety center.

For more information about the consultation services, contact Eileen McDonald at emcdona1@jhu.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

The safety center team understands the value of working with volunteers. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Towson University and hosted numerous health education interns for a semester-long experience tailored to their career interests while exposing them to some of the career opportunities available in public health, injury prevention and health education. We also work with Hopkins organizations that place undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for valuable field experience. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please familiarize yourself with both of our safety centers and then contact the individual staff member affiliated with that center.

Support Our Work

As a nonprofit community service, our safety centers need to solicit support each year to continue our lifesaving services. Donate to our safety centers.