Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition expands service area to include Columbiana County

Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition has expanded its service area to include Columbiana County. The coalition currently services Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Safe Kids is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 19. Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley was named the lead organization for Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition in 2010.

“We have been asked by Safe Kids Worldwide to extend our reach into Columbiana County in order to provide support and education on topics that directly impact the safety of children,” said Kathleen Ashton, director of program integration and development for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “In the U.S., nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in emergency departments every year. Our goal is to educate the community and help reduce these numbers.”

Community partners for Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition include regional health, businesses, fire and police departments. The aim of the coalition is the following: teach families about child injury risks and prevention; encourage and conduct research on leading injury risks; evaluate solutions for injury risks; work to pass and improve child safety laws and regulations; provide discounted lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who need them; and promote corporate leadership in child safety through effective and sustainable partnerships.

“We are currently in a transitional mode and hope to have programs in place in Columbiana County by summer,” said Ashton.

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