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.
Local Coalition Heroes
On June 23rd at the Safe Kids Oregon Annual Meeting Coalition Heroes were honored. Although all members of a coalition are valued and important to the work that is accomplished, each coalition was asked to chose one person to honor this year.
Safe Kids Oregon: 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 Columbia County: Tamara Peterson, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician
Tam’s dedication to Safe Kids Columbia County is truly amazing. She attends as many clinics as possible supporting the coalition with her knowledge and skills. Tam has been working with the coalition for many years and we appreciate all she does for children/families in Columbia County.
Safe Kids Portland Metro: Michele Heile, the Nocturnal i
Michele has been the graphic designer for the Safe Kids Day at the Zoo event for nearly ten years. She has donated her time and talent to make the greatest event fliers! She is great to work with – during ‘crunch time’ just before the event date she is cheerfully responsive and available for edits and to make modifications to designs – signs of a true professional.
Safe Kids North Coast: Lorna Brandt, Seaside Police
Officer Brandt has been a committed, dedicated member of Safe Kids North Coast for over 6 years. She has been a constant presence in the coalition throughout the reorganization and regrowth efforts. She volunteers countless hours as a CPS Technician and can be counted on to represent the coalition at almost every car seat clinic and safety event in the community.
Safe Kids Washington County: Nancy Nelson, WashCo BTC Volunteer
Nancy is our coalition Treasurer and handles our donations andexpenditures in an efficient and professional manner. She provides all of our bicycle training and helmet donation and fitting
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.
“Working Together to Reduce Unintentional Preventable Injury and Death in Oregon’s Children Ages 0-19.”
“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%.