Safe Kids Spalding Coalition launches

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Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children aged from birth to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

A new coalition in Spalding County aims to help reduce the number of children who die as a result of unintentional injuries such as falls, fires and drowning.

Safe Kids Spalding was launched Thursday, Jan. 24 under the direction of Kim Stephens, Community Education and Outreach for WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital.

Stephens announced, “We are officially Safe Kids Spalding,” as she addressed those gathered at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital.

The event brought together a number of local agencies, including emergency services such as fire and police protection, Spalding Collaborative and even local civic groups such as Kiwanis to mark the launch of the new organization.

According to information given during the presentation,

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the most common causes of unintentional injury to children in Spalding County from greatest to least are falls, motor vehicle collisions (MVC), poisoning, shooting, fire/smoke and suffocation.

The coalition hopes to begin reducing the numbers of deaths from these causes through community education.

Now that Safe Kids Spalding is officially launched, Stephens said the organization will begin building the coalition committee. Once the committee is built, Safe Kids Spalding will plan community events and secure funding resources to help make the organization sustainable.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent childhood injuries. They work in over 30 countries and with a network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States including Safe Kids Georgia.

Safe Kids Spalding, a part of Safe Kids Georgia, is the 30th coalition to form in the state.

If you are interested in participating in Safe Kids Spalding, email Kim Stephens at kim.stephens@wellstar.org.

Jan 29
By Jennifer Reynolds
STAFF WRITER
jreynolds@griffindailynews.com