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Published on July 16, 2013

Safe Kids Grand Forks Named Outstanding Coalition of the Year 

On Friday, June 21, 2013, Safe Kids Grand Forks,a member of Safe Kids Worldwide,was named the Safe Kids Outstanding Coalition of the Year for its exceptional work in preventing childhood injuries in their community.

In partnership with Altru Health System, the lead agency of Safe Kids Grand Forks since 1989, Safe Kids Grand Forks works together with volunteers, businesses, parents, care givers and coalition members to keep kids safe from preventable injuries.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to award the Outstanding Coalition of the Year Award to Safe Kids Grand Forks," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "Safe Kids Grand Forks embodies everything a successful coalition should have: collaboration through community support, a strong lead agency and a dynamic coalition coordinator. With this amazing combination, Safe Kids Grand Forks is at the cutting edge of childhood injury prevention."

Over the last several years , Safe Kids Grand Forks has developed exceptional programs in child passenger safety, pedestrian and bike safety, and swimming and water safety, while also engaging new partners to address emerging risks and trends, such as TV and furniture tip-over prevention, button battery safety and medication safety. They cover upper north east North Dakota and north west Minnesota with their injury prevention efforts and conduct hundreds of injury prevention classes, events and activities each year.  Their coalition consists of over 200 businesses, agencies and individuals who come together to support the work of childhood injury prevention in the communities that they serve.

Through its work, Safe Kids Grand Forks raises awareness about injury prevention, educates parents and caregivers on proven and practical things they can do to protect children and inspires others to support advocacy efforts and become leaders in their community. 

Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator, Carma Hanson commented on the award saying, "This award is a big feather in the cap of all those that come together to work so diligently to keep the kids of our community and region safe.  This is an acknowledgement that we have a great coalition, wonderful volunteers and a committed lead agency in Altru Health System but ultimately, it is the KIDS that win as our collective efforts are keeping them safe from their number one killer – unintentional injuries.  Together, we work to keep kids safe at home, at school, at play and on the way.  I am proud and humbled to work with such and amazing and committed group of people!!"

Injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States, and 9,000 families lose a child every year to a preventable injury. When a child dies or is seriously injured the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But, the majority of these injuries are completely preventable.

Safe Kids Grand Forks is part of a global network of coalitions, including more than 600 coalitions and chapters in the United States and 23 countries around the globe, dedicated to reducing preventable injuries worldwide.

About Safe Kids Grand Forks

Safe Kids Grand Forks works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Grand Forks is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Grand Forks was founded in 1989 and is led by Altru Health System. For more information, visit safekids.org or safekidsgf.com.