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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 19 and under die from unintentional injuries (motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning and other injuries) than from any other cause.
Safe Kids Oregon: Betsy Hartner, State Coordinator

Safe Kids Columbia County: Dawn Crawford

Safe Kids Columbia Gorge: Michael Holloran

Safe Kids Portland Metro: Lucie Drum, American Medical Response/Safe Kids Portland Metro

Lucie’s dedication to injury prevention is an inspiration to all. Her outreach efforts are tireless from water safety to window fall prevention to child passenger safety. Her positive attitude and smile are infectious!

Safe Kids North Coast: Michael Sahlberg

Safe Kids Washington County: Kassondra Keller

Safe Kids West Oregon: Jim Cole, Injury Prevention and EMS Coordinator at PeaceHealth

Jim Cole paved the road for SK West Oregon’s very successful first “Safe Kids Day” and unselfishly handed over the event to the newly hired SK coordinator. Jim meticulously planned the safety event, recruited community partners and volunteered to be our first Safety Pup mascot. Jim’s work to create a solid foundation for the coalition has provided the prime opportunity to continue his dedication to the welfare of children in the counties to be served.

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Mission Statement

“Working Together to Reduce Unintentional Preventable Injury and Death in Oregon’s Children Ages 0-19.”

Vision Statement

“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 six local coalitions, reaching approximately 75% of Oregon’s children under the age of 19. Coalitions are located in Clatsop County,Columbia County, Columbia Gorge, Lane County, Northeast Oregon, Portland Metro, 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%.



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