About Us


Safe Kids Oregon is the Oregon coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.


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, etc.) 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

Safe Kids North Coast: Michael Sahlberg

Safe Kids Washington County: Kassondra Keller, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue

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



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 more than 300 coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and 16 other countries. Safe Kids Oregon is comprised of six local coalitions reaching about 75% of Oregon’s children under age 19. Coalitions are located in Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, and Washington counties, Columbia Gorge, Northeast Oregon, and Portland Metro.


What We Do

Safe Kids Oregon promotes positive changes in attitudes, behaviors, and the environment. Our statewide network provides injury prevention information, safety devices, activities, and events to empower local communities to prevent childhood injury. 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 declined by 54%.



Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Facebook

Archived Posts

Risk Areas