Safe Kids Oregon is the state affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, the first international organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury. Launched in 1995, Safe Kids Oregon focuses on one specific problem: more children ages 14 and under die from unintentional injuries (motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning and other injuries) than from any other cause.
“Working Together to Reduce Unintentional Preventable Injury and Death in Oregon’s Children Ages 0-14.”
“Injury Prevention as Every Oregonian’s Approach to Life.”
Where We Work
Safe Kids Oregon is one of over 300 coalitions active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as well as 16 other countries. Safe Kids Oregon is geographically represented by three chapters and nine local coalitions, reaching approximately 85% of Oregon’s children under the age of 14. Chapters are located in Harney, Umatilla/Morrow and Union counties. Coalitions are located in Central Oregon, Columbia County, Columbia Gorge, Malheur, the North Coast, Portland Metro, Rogue Valley, Willamette Valley and Washington County.
What We Do
Safe Kids Oregon promotes changes in attitudes, behavior and the environment. Our statewide network of organizations provides injury prevention information, safety devices, activities, and events aimed at empowering local communities to prevent unintentional childhood injuries. We bring together health and safety experts, corporations, foundations, governments, parents, and community volunteers to educate and protect children and their families. It takes a multi-faceted campaign (grassroots outreach, education, media and public policy efforts) to reach thousands of children and their families with life-saving interventions.
Safe Kids Injury Risk Areas
- Motor vehicle occupant safety
- Drowning prevention and water safety
- Fire and burns prevention
- Bicycle/wheeled sports safety and helmet protection
- Falls prevention
- Poison prevention
- Suffocation prevention
- ATV injury prevention
In Oregon since 1995, unintentional injury deaths to children ages 0-14 have declined by 54%.