About Us

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.

Our Goals:

  • 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.

Our Partners:

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