Who are we?
Safe Kids Greater Des Moines is a diverse group of individuals and agencies who strive to prevent unintentional injuries from occurring to children. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death to children and we work to keep Greater Des Moines' children from becoming statistics.
Formed in August of 1994, our coalition is comprised of individuals from police departments, hospitals, children's services, businesses and the state and local health departments. We come together, concerned about children's safety issues throughout the Des Moines area. We are a member of Safe Kids Worldwide and work with them to carry out programs that reduce unintentional injuries in children.
Safe Kids Greater Des Moines is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 19 and under. Blank Children's Hospital is proud to be the lead organization for Safe Kids Greater Des Moines.
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Safe Kids Greater Des Moines is to work together to ensure the safety of all children.
- To serve as a catalyst for change by spurring community action.
- To achieve safety improvements through public policy development and legislative initiatives.
- To utilize community assessment information to guide our coalition event planning.
- To raise overall community awareness about injury prevention through the media and public education activities.
The Safe Kids Greater Des Moines coalition is made up of a variety of agencies, organizations and individuals. We're proud to partner with:
American Lung Association in Iowa
Blank Children's Hospital
Des Moines Fire Department
Hannah Geneser Foundation
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau
Mercy Children's Hospital and Clinics
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Urbandale Police Department
Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa
West Des Moines Police Department
Windsor Heights Police Department
Youth Emergency Services and Shelter
411 Safety Shop and Training