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Injury Free Coalition for Kids


The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of the District of Columbia (Injury Free-DC) was created in November 2002, with a focus on reducing childhood injury in DC neighborhoods. Injury Free-DC is based at Children's National Medical Center, the District's only Level 1 pediatric trauma center. Partnering with both community and government organizations, Injury Free- DC has a targeted focus on intentional injuries but is also working to address unintentional injuries, as well as working to improve the social environment with community built playgrounds.

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country's fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. We are a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in surveillance, data, and community participation in an effort to create safe places, alternative activities and supervision for youth. All of the sites are independent, physician-led programs driven by the Coalition's mission: preventing injury to children. More information can be obtained at Injury Free website.

Staff
Elizabeth A. Edgerton, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive and Community Health, George Washington University School of Medicine and Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Washington, D.C.

As past co-director of the Los Angeles IFCK site, Dr. Edgerton implemented and evaluated two community-based injury prevention interventions. Since relocating to Washington, DC, she has worked diligently to establish the necessary data infrastructure and key stakeholder relationships to prepare CNMC to be an IFCK site. Dr. Edgerton has joint appointments in the GWU Schools of Medicine (Pediatrics) and Public Health (Prevention & Community Health), and works clinically in the Children's National Medical Center's (EMTC) Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center.

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH
Director, Prehospital Pediatrics and Medical Director of Advocacy and Community Affairs, Children's National Medical Center, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Washington, D.C.

Dr. Wright is a longstanding member of Children's National Medical Center's (CNMC) faculty and serves as the institution's Medical Director of Advocacy and Community Affairs. He is based in the Division of Government and Public Affairs and provides medical support and oversight for CNMC's growing community partnerships. These functions include the school health program, initiatives for special needs children and health care for children in the foster care system. Academically, Dr. Wright has joint appointments in the GWU Schools of Medicine (Pediatrics) and Public Health (Prevention & Community Health), and works clinically in the CNMC Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (EMTC) In addition, Dr. Wright is Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Prehospital Pediatrics (CPP) which has worked closely with the DC Departments of Health (DC-DOH) and Fire & EMS over the past several years to build proximal data collection capacity by prehospital personnel.

Hassane Queen, MPH
Research Coordinator
Injury Free Coalition for Kids - District of Columbia
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Hassane Queen is the research coordinator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Washington, DC. Ms. Queen's research experience has included work with pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, non-profit organizations and federal government agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's in Public Health from George Washington University.

Mari Croan
Program Coordinator
Injury Free Coalition for Kids - District of Columbia Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC Mari Croan is the program coordinator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Washington, DC. Ms. Croan's research experience has included work with the National Institute of Health, contract research organizations, and non-profit organizations. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia.

Programs
It is the mission of IFCK-DC to work with the community to provide program opportunities that are beneficial to both children and the community as a whole.

Playground Project
IFCK -DC is working with members of the community and other community groups to build a neighborhood playground to serve as a safe play space for the community. Several sites are being evaluated as possible sites for the future playground. Please check back with this site for updates concerning this project.

Violence Prevention
Injury is a leading cause of death among youth. IFCK-DC is currently working with the District of Columbia Public School Nurses to assess the frequency and types of violence that are prevalent in our local school. It is the intention of IFCK-DC to use this along with other data sources to develop programs designed to lessen the violence in schools that is tailored to the specific needs of this region.

General Injury Prevention
Car Seat Checks- Mari Croan, Program Coordinator, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She participates in local care seat checks and also helps with checks at Children's.

Funding
We are a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy.

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