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Learn How to Prevent Injury

2 min read  |  August 10, 2022  | 

Injuries remain the leading cause of death and disability to U.S. children from 1 to 18 years of age. From bicycle-related incidents to falls, an estimated 7,000 children and teens died because of unintentional injuries in 2019.

While this number has decreased in the past years, largely due to the spread of information and awareness on child safety, there has been a rise in certain causes of injury, such as suffocation, motor vehicle crashes, firearms, and poisoning. Importantly, these causes of injuries disproportionately affect families of color and minority groups. It is time to start changing those statistics, and we know exactly how you can help!

Find out what Miami is doing to protect its children:

  • The Injury Free Coalition for Kids Injury-Free Miami of Miami at Jackson Health System and University of Miami Health System have created educational programs to create safer living spaces for children. Programs include home safety, water safety, passenger safety, fire safety, and more. Programs are offered in English, Spanish, and Creole. Find more information at org.
  • BikeSafe: BikeSafe is a program from the University of Miami KiDZ Neuroscience Center, part of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Dedicated to preventing brain and spinal cord injuries as a result of bicycle-related accidents, BikeSafe provides educational curriculums in schools and parks. Click here for more information.
  • WalkSafe: WalkSafe is another program from the University of Miami KiDZ Neuroscience Center, part of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. They provide educational curriculums to schools and also promote safe physical activity for children in Miami. Find more information here.
  • Get the facts: Miami Dade Matters has a lot of great information for parents, including a State-by-State Injury Prevention Report for those interested in learning more.

For more information about how to keep your child safe, call us at the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a program of the Children’s Trust at 305-243-9080 or visit www.injuryfree.org.


Written by Adriana Baez, M.D./J.D. candidate at the Miller School of Medicine,
with Julie Belkowitz, M.D., M.P.H.,
and Lyse Deus, Oneith Cadiz, M.D.

Originally published on: November 15, 2021

Tags: child safety, injury prevention, national injury prevention day

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