Childhood Injury Prevention at Bronson Children's Hospital

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Childhood Injury Prevention & School Outreach

We understand that keeping your child safe and healthy is one of your top priorities. Unfortunately, knowing all of the best ways to avoid harm can be a challenge. That’s why Bronson Children’s Hospital partners with the community to help parents learn more about how to predict and prevent the leading causes of child injury. We also provide you with helpful information about common childhood health and wellness topics in our school outreach articles.

Safe Kids Kalamazoo County and Greater South Haven

Having fun and being safe should be equally important. Our partnership with Safe Kids Kalamazoo County and Safe Kids Greater South Haven is designed to prevent accidental childhood injuries. We want to help your child by raising awareness, participating in school and community events, providing education programs for families, initiating public policy change and monitoring product safety. Our services include:

  • Bicycle and wheels safety
  • Burn and fire prevention
  • Child passenger prevention
  • Home safety
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Poison prevention
  • Water safety
  • Car seat safety checks

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, all Car Seat Safety Checks have been cancelled until further notice. However, the video below provides tips on how to properly install a car seat. For more information on COVID-19, click here.

Child Safety Events and Activities

If you are concerned about whether your baby’s car seat is installed correctly, or your child’s helmet fits properly, we are here to help. Our year-round community outreach program aims to substantially decrease childhood injuries and hospitalizations. Bronson hosts many child safety events and activities, including:

  • Bicycle safety camps
  • Helmet safety events
  • Community health and safety fairs
  • Programs in Kalamazoo County schools
  • Car safety promotion, including car seat checks and education

Bronson Car Seat Safety
Watch here to see tips on how to properly install a car seat.

Safe Sleep Practices

Sleep-related infant death is a leading cause of death among infants less than one year of age in Michigan. We want you to know what you can do to keep your baby safe after you head home from the hospital. Learn more about safe sleep and resources available to you.

School Outreach Program

Your child’s classroom is a great place for us to reach many children at one time. Our school outreach program brings health professionals to area elementary schools. The goal is to address your child and his or her classmates’ common health and safety issues to help encourage long-term health for local families.

Check out these parent newsletters resources designed to help you stay informed:

For more information about childhood injury prevention, contact our Childhood Injury Prevention Coordinator, Emma Shafer at (269) 341-6508 or or Safe Kids Coordinator, Pam Ford at (269) 639-2753.

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