Comprehensive Children's Injury Center
Injury Prevention | Community Outreach Programs

Community-Based Programs for Reducing Pediatric Injuries

The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) partners with neighborhood agencies and nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, health departments, EMS providers, and local governments to implement school and community-based educational programming and events to promote safety.  

We have developed community-based programs, for all ages, aimed at reducing the occurrence of pediatric injuries across our region.  

Kids under 5 are most injured in the home setting. These home injuries are preventable. 

Our home safety program offers qualifying families with children under five a comprehensive in-home educational visit and free home safety equipment bundle with on the spot installation.  Families receiving our home safety bundle have decreased their likelihood of having a child visit our Emergency Room by up to 59 percent. 

In-home educational topics include: fire, water, poison, burn and fall prevention, gun and medication safe storage and safe sleep practices.

The free home safety equipment provided includes the following: 

  • A smoke and carbon monoxide detector
  • Cabinet/drawer locks
  • Outlet plug covers
  • Non-slip bathtub stickers
  • Bath spout cover
  • Bathtub thermometer
  • Poison control magnet
  • Nightlight
  • Door knob covers
  • Baby gate

Qualifying zips codes for the CCIC Home Safety Program are:

  • · 45204
  • · 45205
  • · 45206
  • · 45207
  • · 45212
  • · 45214
  • · 45215
  • · 45225
  • · 45229

The CCIC Home Safety Program also partners with community agencies, nonprofits, schools, churches, health departments, EMS providers, and local governments to identify participants, promote the program and assist with the education and installation of home safety equipment.

If you live in one of the qualifying zip codes and care for a child under the age of 5 or are a community organization interested in partnering with the CCIC Home Safety Program call 513-517-4663 (HOME).

Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent – yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.

The CCIC Bike Safety Program partners with community agencies to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and children with tools to learn the important basics about bike safety. Our CCIC bike safety outreach includes:   

  • Bike safety educational materials 
  • Resources to groups hosting events where bikes, scooters and skateboards are present 
  • Train the Trainer bike safety education

If your organization is interested in receiving more information about the CCIC Bike Safety Program contact 513-517-4663

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk with a death rate twice that of younger children, accounting for half of all child pedestrian deaths.

The CCIC’s Pedestrian Safety outreach encourages kids to walk safely by empowering them with skills to become confident and safe pedestrians and role models.  

Our outreach implements Safe Kids’ “Walk this Way” events at local schools to show kids how to:

  • Locate safe places to cross the street 
  • Learn how pedestrian controlled crossings work
  • Stop, wait, listen and look before moving into any crossing
  • Walk with full attention
  • Remain safe around buses and big trucks

If your organization is interested in receiving more information about the CCIC’s Pedestrian Safety outreach, contact 513-517-4663.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPSC), emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related injuries each year. Nearly 80 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls associated with climbers, swings, slides and overhead ladders, according to the National Program for Playground Safety.

The CCIC partners with schools, recreation centers and community organizations to provide playground safety education to: 

  • Discuss safe behaviors on the playground
  • Identify potentially harmful playground equipment a
  • Recognize safe playground surfacing

If your organization is interested in receiving more information about the CCIC’s Playground Safety outreach contact 513-517-4663.

Our Child Passenger Safety, program sponsored by Toyota’s and Cincinnati Children’s Buckle Up for Life program, provides services to low/medium-income families. Qualified caregivers, who pre-register and attend the class, will be eligible to receive a free car seat. At the end of the class, caregivers will be given their car seat to install in their car and a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) will check to ensure the installation is correct. The community car seat classes are held monthly between March and November in various communities around Cincinnati and Liberty Township.

Qualified parents / caregivers are required to:

  • Show proof of Medicaid / WIC eligibility or other qualifying income guidelines

     Qualifying Income Guidelines
     # of people in household      Annual income   
     2  $21,910
     3  $26,330
     4  $30,750
     5  $36,170
     6  $40,590
     7  $45,010
     8  $50,430

  • Register in advance 
  • Attend full classroom presentation and have car seat installed in vehicle (2 hours total)

If you are interested in receiving information about the upcoming dates, times and locations of our community car seat classes, follow the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center Facebook page.

To register for a Community Car Seat class contact 513-636-0172.