Promising Practices Poster Sessions

Home Safety Challenge
Connie Forster, Chief Prevention Officer, Spring Lake Park Fire Department

The Home Safety Challenge is a free comprehensive program which aims to make homes safer. Fire department personnel go through the home with the resident identifying poison, fall, fire, burn, choking and other hazards. Strategies and safety devices are given to parents such as child proof locks for cabinets, flameless candles to prevent fires, gun locks, checking water heater temperature, practicing home fire escape plans and educating caregivers on other safety and prevention strategies. Evaluation components include resident self-reports and evaluation of the program, and analysis of emergency call data.

I Just Wish...Teen Drive Smart Program
Julie Philbrook, Trauma Prevention Specialist, Hennepin County Medical Center

The Hennepin County Medical Center's (HCMC) I Just Wish Drive Smart Challenge is a multifaceted approach to address teen safe driving. The goal of the program is to decrease teen crashes and fatalities through education, student lead activities and social media. All schools that take part in the I Just Wish Drive Smart Challenge have documented an increase in seat belt use after the campaign, one school improved 30%.

Minnesota Water Safety Coalition
LeeAnn Mortensen, Injury Prevention Coordinator and Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis Coalition Coordinator, North Memorial Medical Center

The Minnesota Water Safety Coalition has developed a website, toolkit and several videos for the purpose of providing information to others interested in sharing effective messaging around water safety. By demonstrating to parents and other adults how to recognize drowning and use safety equipment, children have a better chance of being safe in water. Data has been collected with pre and post-tests done at educational events showing an increase in knowledge when it comes to recognizing the signs of drowning and what do to if someone is drowning.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . .Concussion Care
Leslie Seymour, Epidemiologist, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health has pilot tested an online reporting system for athletic trainers to report concussions occuring in Minnesota high school sponsored sporting events. This will help to get a more accurate picture of the size of the problem and any resulting academic repercussions.

Spreading the Word About the Dangers of Button Batteries
Carma Hanson, Coordinator, Safe Kids Grand Forks

Safe Kids Grand Forks has done an extensive amount of work getting the word out about the dangers of button batteries and conducted parent educational sessions on this topic. This poster session will highlight some strategies we've used and ways that others may be inspired to spread the word on this "unknown danger."

Walk Safe, Bike Safe
Michelle Breidenbach, SRTS Education Coordinator, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Nicole Campbell, SRTS Program Administrator, MN Department of Transportation

BikeMN and the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program have been partnering to develop a statewide safety curriculum for kids. With the Walk Safe, Bike Safe curriculum, we help schools teach children to safely walk and bike to school. The program includes regional trainings for schools. Teachers and community members have seen an increase in the number of children who are safely walking and biking in the community and the increase of helmet use while riding a bike.