Injury Free Coalition for Kids

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Injury is the leading cause of death and a major source of preventable disability in children. Mechanisms of injury are rooted in a complex web of social, economic, environmental, criminal, and behavioral factors that necessitate a multifaceted, systematic injury prevention approach. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids brings together physicians, community coalitions to impact the problem. The Coalition provides a systematic framework through which education and other interventions are implemented. Interventions are aimed at changing the community and home environments physically (safe play areas and elimination of community and home hazards) and socially (education and supervised extracurricular activities with mentors). Each site is a local adaptation of the Injury Free Coalition model also referred to as the ABC’s of injury prevention: A, “analyze injury data through local injury surveillance”; B, “build a local coalition”; C, “communicate the problem and raise awareness that injuries are a preventable public health problem”; D, “develop interventions and injury prevention activities to create safer environments and activities for children”; and E, “evaluate the interventions with ongoing surveillance.”