Keeping children safe is one of our society’s top priorities, yet injury is the top cause of death for children in the United States. Many (perhaps most) serious childhood injuries could be prevented with the correct precautions. As Indiana’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Riley at IU Health is committed to reducing preventable injuries in children through outreach, advocacy, increasing public awareness and educating children and families.
The Injury Prevention Program team works with communities to assess needs and create targeted programs, many of which are offered in schools or as after-school programs. We work to reduce all injuries and have identified four priority areas in our local communities. These four types of injuries are also leading causes of death and injury nationwide:
We also develop targeted programs to meet the needs of specific communities where certain injuries are more common. Rather than relying on handouts and classroom instruction, our programs are designed to be engaging and hands-on so that knowledge can be applied immediately. A few examples include:
Since 2003, our Injury Prevention Program has been helping keep kids in Indiana safer. We work with local police, firefighters, coalitions, organizations and agencies that are also committed to child safety. Together, we assess needs, design programs and advocate for a safer, healthier environment for children in our communities. Indiana University is a coalition partner of Health by Design, dedicated to creating a safe, healthy environment for all ages, and we partner on many educational programs and advocacy efforts.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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The Injury Prevention Program at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
The Injury Prevention Program is offered by the Trauma Department at Riley at IU Health. As Indiana’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, we are committed to keeping children as safe as possible through advocacy, increasing public awareness and helping families reduce risk.
Our Injury Prevention Program starts with a database of information gathered from emergency room injuries and trauma cases. This data registry tracks the types and causes of injuries and where they occurred. The program professionals use this insight to develop education and awareness programs.
Riley at IU Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide excellent training opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows. We offer a three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship that provides extensive training in recognizing, treating and preventing child abuse.