Center for Childhood Injury Prevention

While the unintentional injury rate for children ages 14 and under has decreased more than 40% in the last two decades, injuries still kill or disable more children over age 1 than all childhood diseases combined. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children 14-years-old and younger in the United States. In 2012, more than 1200 injured children were admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital and many thousands more were treated in the Emergency Center.

Texas Children’s Hospital created the Center for Childhood Injury Prevention (CCIP) to tackle this issue in the Houston community. The center serves as the lead organization for Safe Kids Greater Houston, a local consortium of health and safety experts and volunteers who work together to educate and prevent pediatric injury using evidenced-based best practice recommendations.

The Kohl’s Safe at Home Program is a year-round infant safe sleep awareness and home safety education program. The program's goal is two-fold: to educate parents how to childproof their homes and identify potential hazards that may cause injury to their children, and to teach parents of infants less than 1 year old how to reduce their child's risk for infant death by providing safe sleep education and resources for their babies. (Water safety added in 2015)

Child Passenger Safety Programming: Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, CCIP staff works year round to prevent injuries and fatalities sustained in motor vehicle crashes when children are improperly restrained. Staff educates parents and caregivers on how to correctly restrain their children, provides car seats and boosters to children in low income communities, trains and mentors local technicians, and manages a large network of almost 20 mobile Inspection Station sites.

Toyota Buckle Up for Life: Local injury data indicates that Hispanic and African American children are disproportionately affected by motor vehicle crashes due to improper restraint. The Toyota Buckle Up for Life program is a 3-year program aimed at increasing child passenger safety knowledge and reduce distracted and impaired behaviors (e.g. texting while driving) in African American and Hispanic populations using their faith houses as a venue for education.

Safe Kids Greater Houston: The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention serves as the lead organization for Safe Kids Greater Houston, a Coalition of health and safety experts, law enforcement, community advocates, and other volunteers. The Coalition’s mission is to address major areas of unintentional injuries to children in our local area. This is accomplished by raising awareness among adults and children, providing lifesaving education and resources, and by making childhood injury a public priority. The major risk areas addressed are Child Passenger Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety.

Community Impact 2014

  • Provided 275 educational classes to Houston area parents and caregivers on safe sleep behaviors
  • Distributed 1,292 portable crib systems to families in need
  • Trained over 250 licensed child care providers on SIDS reduction strategies
  • Inspected 5,162 car seats and distributed 1,996 new car seats to children in need.
  • Trained 45 new Child Passenger Safety Technicians throughout the community to return to their organizations and provide car seat inspection and installation.
  • Educated 129,108 parents and caregivers through the distribution of child passenger safety educational material
  • Provided 7,400 bicycle helmets to low-income children through our community partnership with Elves and More and other community partners
  • Educated more than 10,000 people on home safety topics, including safe sleep and childproofing tips.
  • Raised broad awareness of child safety issues through more than 50 media interviews, Facebook, English and Spanish radio stations, billboards, newspapers and other printed communications.
  • The work of the Center for Childhood Injury Prevention could not be accomplished without our many valuable partners that work to make the Greater Houston area safer for children.

Partners include:

  • Safe Kids Greater Houston Member Organizations (over 40 agencies)
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Toyota
  • Houston Galveston Area Council
  • Elves and More

Kohl's Safe at Home Community Partners include the following organizations:

  • Hope Clinic
  • Acres Home
  • Aldine Health
  • Baylor Teen Clinic
  • CareNet Pregnancy Center Northwest
  • Casa de Amigos
  • Community Health Choice
  • Good Neighbor
  • Gulfgate Community Health Center
  • LBJ Hospital
  • Legacy Health
  • Magnolia Health
  • Northwest Assistance Ministry
  • Squatty Lyons
  • Valbona Clinic
  • Texas Children's Health Plan Star Babies