The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under in the United States.
Bucks County SAFE KIDS, led by St. Mary Medical Center's Trauma Department, is one of more then 600 state and local coalitions who are part of SAFE KIDS Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental child injury. More then 600 coalitions in 20 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The Bucks County Coalition was formed in 1997 and was under the guidance of the Bucks County Department of Health.
Today, St. Mary Medical Center is the sponsoring and lead agency and works intricately with the coalition to fulfill the legacy of creating safe environments for children of all communities.The coalition activity seeks volunteers to work along with the coalition to provide programs and education specific to the injury risk factors among Bucks County children.
Visit our Trauma Prevention & Education Program Page
Injury Prevention Programs Provided:
Child Passenger Safety: Our CPS efforts include educating families and professionals about the need for transporting children safety within the county and on all roadways. SAFE KIDS works closely with the Bucks County Department of Health to provide child safety seats to low income and high risk families. Car Seat Check-up Events are held at special events and regularly at the following dates and times:
St. Mary Medical Center Parenting Center
1201 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Langhorne PA 19047
4th Wednesday of every month 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of every month 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To make an appointment, visit: http://www.chop.edu/service/injury-prevention-program/car-seat-safety/car-seat-checks.html
For the following three locations, please contact the Bucks County Department of Health at 215-345-3357.
Bucks County Department of Health: Levittown
7321 New Falls Rd., Levittown PA 19057
1st Wednesday of every month 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bucks County Department of Health: Doylestown Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Rd., Doylestown PA 18901
3rd Thursday of every month 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Mary Medical Center Child Health Center
2560 Knights Rd., Bensalem PA 19020
2nd Wednesday of every month 9:30 - 3:30
Home Safe Home Store:
For those families who do not wish to participate in the home visiting program, the Home Safety Store was developed at the St. Mary Parenting Center in Bensalem. In partnership with several social service agencies; families receive a voucher to visit the home store for personal education and to receive FREE home safety products. For store hours or to obtain a voucher, please contact the St. Mary Parenting Center at 215-710-5976.
The coalition provides educational wheeled safety programs and also sponsors bicycle and wheeled sports derbies. Bicycle helmets are provided to children who need them during all of these events.
During the month of March, members of the coalition provide free poison education programs to pre-school and school age children. To schedule a program for your school or community group, contact the St. Mary Parenting Center at 215-710-5976.
Prevent injury Enhance Performance (PEP) ACL injury prevention program for female athletes. This program teaches coaches and athletes the PEP warm up program which has show to provide a 70% decrease in ACL injuries to female athletes. This program is offered by a member of the St. Mary Orthopedic team and a fitness specialist.
Concussion Discussion: A St. Mary Physician Specialist will provide an educational program for coaches and parents to help them recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion.
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Program: St. Mary Medical Center provides six AED mini-grants to youth sports organizations annually. The grant includes a portable AED and CPR training for up to 10 participants from the sports organization. Organization must submit an AED mini-grant request form.
To obtain more information about the sports safety program, please contact the St. Mary Regional Trauma Center at 215-710-2350.
Cribs for Kids:
In partnership with various social service agencies, Bucks County SAFE KIDS provides a portable pack-n-play for families who can not afford a safe sleeping environment for their children. An initial and follow-up home visit and personalized education are also provided to all recipients. For more details regarding this program, please contact St. Mary Parenting Center at 215-710-5976.
The coalition attends numerous community-based events with the intention of providing education and to promote safe environments for children. Contact St. Mary Regional Trauma Center to request a member of SAFE KIDS to attend your event @ 215-710-2350.
Related Organizations and Information:
Bucks County SAFE KIDS
PA SAFE KIDS
National SAFE KIDS
PA Traffic Injury Prevention Program
Brain Injury Association of PA
National Organization for Youth Safety
Children's Safety Network
Center for Disease Control
PA Child Death Review