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  • Communities that can document a systematic approach to defining local injury prevention and safety issues, a collaborative process to address them, and a commitment to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts are eligible to be designated as a Safe Community by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion.
  • focusing on the leading causes of injury—falls; poisoning; traffic crashes; suicide; homicide; key childhood issues
  • 5-yr period: 2004-2008: Falls – 122 deaths; 5,806 hospitalizations; $222,841,147 Motor Vehicle Crashes – 141 deaths; 952 hospitalizations; $56,254,501 Poisoning (Unintentional and Self-Inflicted) - 188 deaths; 1,909 hospitalizations; $44,126,108 Suicide – 159 deaths; 1,598 hospitalizations (includes self-inflicted poisoning and cutting); $25,697,718 FORMATIVE GOALS: Raise awareness that injuries can be prevented. Build a strong infrastructure for injury prevention. Coordinate local injury prevention efforts. Increase availability and utilization of injury data. Ad vocate for injury prevention policies at the local, state, and national levels. Work for changes in products and enforcement to reduce the causes of injury. Promote safety education campaigns and policies that change social norms. 
  • Special Guests representing Safe Communities America, Safe Communities Canada, and the World Health Organization: Donna Stein-Harris, National Safety Council Shelli Stephens-Stidham, Dallas Injury Prevention Center Barry King, retired Police Chief, Safe Communities Canada Other invited Guests: Jack Daneri, DA (accepting for Barry Grossman) Andy Glass, Director, Erie County Dept. of Health Jane Earll, Pennsylvania Senator, 49 th Senatorial District Tom Corbett, PA Attorney General Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Lovell, UPMC Sports Injury Prevention
  • Safe communities

    1. 1. Safe Communities A worldwide initiative of the World Health Organization <ul><li>Safe Communities Designation </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded to communities that have demonstrated leadership in promoting safety, reducing injuries, </li></ul><ul><li>and preparing their citizens for natural and man-made disasters. </li></ul>
    2. 2. Safe Communities <ul><li>Over 250 Worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>59 in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>14 in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>2 in Pennsylvania </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Safe Community? <ul><li>A community that comes together to promote safe and healthy behaviors and </li></ul><ul><li>environments </li></ul>
    4. 4. Who belongs to a Safe Community? <ul><li>Chambers of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare Providers </li></ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Business and Service Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Government Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Advocates </li></ul><ul><li>Social Service Agencies </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why would a community want to be a Safe Community? <ul><li>To reduce the number and cost of injuries </li></ul><ul><li>To promote health and safety </li></ul><ul><li>Community Pride </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage people and families to move to their community </li></ul><ul><li>To make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>To improve the quality of life for themselves and their community </li></ul><ul><li>TO SAVE LIVES! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Safe Communities Erie: Where have we been? <ul><li>Safe Kids Erie—In existence since 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008—First Safe Communities meeting </li></ul><ul><li>2008-2009—Meetings to make plans and set priorities; mini-grant received from National Safety Council </li></ul>
    7. 7. Safe Communities Erie: Where are we now? <ul><li>June 2010—Application accepted by WHO </li></ul><ul><li>September 9 & 10—Site review by WHO Safe </li></ul><ul><li>Communities representatives </li></ul><ul><li>October 30, 2010—Designation and signing </li></ul><ul><li>ceremony; will kick-off Safe Kids Conference </li></ul>
    8. 8. Safe Communities Erie: Where do we go from here? <ul><li>Formalize structure and annual action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing communication and participation with International Safe Communities partners </li></ul>
    9. 9. Safe Communities Erie <ul><li>Vision: </li></ul><ul><li>Making Erie County </li></ul><ul><li>the Safest Community </li></ul><ul><li>in America </li></ul>
    10. 10. Safe Communities Erie <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>To prevent injuries, save lives, </li></ul><ul><li>and make our community </li></ul><ul><li>a safer place to </li></ul><ul><li>live, work and play. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Long Term Goals <ul><li>Reduction in deaths and injuries </li></ul><ul><li>caused by: </li></ul><ul><li>Falls </li></ul><ul><li>Motor Vehicle Crashes </li></ul><ul><li>Poisoning (drugs) </li></ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul>
    12. 12. For More Information <ul><li>Or to get involved, contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Patty Puline </li></ul><ul><li>Injury Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Erie County Department of Health </li></ul><ul><li>814-451-6543 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    13. 13. QUESTIONS?