Child Passenger Safety
We seek to ensure that every ride in a motor vehicle is a safe ride. Several IPC staff are certified National Child Passenger Safety Technicians and provide expert advice, education and training, informational materials and resources to parents and community based organizations. IPC staff conduct monthly car seat check events. In addition, we support child passenger safety at Hartford Hospital’s Newborn Nursery and Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Teen Driving Safety
The IPC has a number of partners who all work on keeping teens safe behind the wheel. Together, these partners meet as an informal association known as the Connecticut Teen Driving Safety Partnership. To learn more about our work, please contact us, or visit www.ctroadsafety.org.
Through the generous support of the Connecticut Elks’ Association for Safe Kids Connecticut, the IPC is able to reach out to the community with direct safety education. With the support of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the IPC implements Watch for Me CT, a safety campaign that includes paid media (on TV, radio, and the internet) that addresses how to stay safe while biking or walking on Connecticut’s roads and sidewalks.
Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships
Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships is a high school-based program that teaches and promotes healthy pro-social interactions between peers. Connecticut General Statute Sec. 17a-101q requires that sexual abuse and assault education be implemented in each local and regional school district. The Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships program fulfills this mandate.
Super Safe Comics
Super Safe Comics™ is an educational series focused on safety and injury prevention for children and families. The 16-page comic books are for children from kindergarten through fourth grade. Each issue features Captain Super Safe and his friends as they tackle safety issues including, bicycle and helmet safety, pedestrian safety, dog bite prevention, water safety, fire safety, and concussion education. The series is written by Kevin Borrup and illustrated by Scott DaRos and Alexis Deprey. Learn more about Super Safe Comics »
Adult Injury Prevention
The Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Connecticut Children’s provides trauma and injury prevention programs for adults in partnership with the Department of Surgery/Trauma at Hartford Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center. The IPC Medical Director for the adult injury prevention program is D’Andrea Joseph, MD. Learn more about Adult Injury Prevention »
The IPC is also home to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford, an affiliate of the national Injury Free Coalition based in urban centers across America. Through this coalition, which includes a host of community providers, we are able to provide families with basic safety information about falls, window falls, fire safety, poison safety, and choking prevention. IPC staff are active in city schools and Headstart programs to ensure that parents and children know what they can do to stay safe.
Our violence prevention efforts are integrated across many of our programs. IPC staff work to prevent violence through the promotion of responsible parenting and social skills development in children. IPC staff are also active in working with schools and adolescents in understanding and combating violence in our “Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships” education program. In 2015 we joined the Hartford Together community violence prevention effort, a coalition of agencies, institutions, and individuals committed to ending violence in the City of Hartford.
Gun Buyback Program
The Gun Buyback Program, a collaborative effort among Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Community Renewal Team, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Police Department, and the Emergency Nurses Association, is an annual event that raises awareness about responsible and safe ownership of guns. People may turn in unwanted firearms in exchange for a gift cards. For more information, call 860.249.1072.
Safe Kids Connecticut
In 1993 we initiated Safe Kids Connecticut, as part of a national campaign to reduce childhood injury. We now have over 300 member organizations, and 500 individuals from across the state, ranging from police and fire fighters to public health officials to educators and parents. Our state coalition is organized into 6 local chapters and 1 county coalition. From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, we coordinated 101 child passenger safety events statewide, including car seat clinics, car seat technician classes, booster seat education and giveaway events, and educational presentations.
We partnered with one of our funders, CT Elks Association, on 7 bike rodeos and 9 smoke/carbon monoxide safety events. During this time, we also created and distributed educational information (see samples), held injury prevention meetings, presented at a statewide child passenger safety conference, maintain an active website, manage 2 listserves and serve as a resource for injury prevention professionals statewide.
Program Coordinator: Luis Rivera
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford (Injury Free Hartford) is part of a national injury prevention campaign being conducted at 42 Level One trauma centers. Our community based programs are anchored in research, education, and advocacy. Injury Free Hartford serves the community by providing safety and injury prevention information and activities in the following areas: pedestrian safety, bike helmet use, booster and car seats, home safety, fire safety, fall prevention, and child discipline techniques.
Our goal is to decrease childhood injury by altering the manner in which residents in City of Hartford neighborhoods think about and approach child safety. From 2012 through 2014, we directly provided training and education to more than 10,000 children and adults in the community on car seat safety, fire prevention, home safety, pedestrian safety, water safety, helmet use, and bullying awareness and prevention. In addition, we distributed more than 2,000 pieces of safety equipment within the community, including bike helmets, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, home safety kits, and bath water thermometers.
Program Coordinator: Luis Rivera