October 19, 2015

Experts Convene to Create National Agenda for Reducing Childhood Injuries

WALTHAM, MA | The Children’s Safety Network (CSN), an EDC project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will convene more than 45 national organizations, federal agencies, and states to create a national consensus agenda for preventing injuries to children. CSN will conduct the daylong session in cooperation with HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau on October 19 at EDC offices in Washington, D.C.

The meeting brings together, for the first time, members of the newly formed National Coordinated Child Safety Initiative Steering Committee, which includes leaders from the full spectrum of agencies and organizations that support child safety efforts. Their goal is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and adolescents by 100,000 over the next three years through the increased use of evidence-based child safety measures at national, state, and local levels.

“More children and adolescents die from injuries and violence than from all diseases combined,” said EDC’s Jennifer Allison, CSN director. “This steering committee is creating new cohesion in the field of child safety, and it is our hope that this meeting will result in a concrete agenda for action to increase the adoption of proven injury prevention policies, programs, and practices.”

See a list of the participating agencies and organizations.

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