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Safe Communities America. Saving Lives Reducing Injuries. What is Safe Communities America?. Proven community coalition-based approach to injury reduction involving business, civic organizations, local government, non-profits and local residents – all community sectors

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safe communities america

Safe Communities America

Saving Lives

Reducing Injuries

what is safe communities america
What is Safe Communities America?
  • Proven community coalition-based approach to injury reduction involving business, civic organizations, local government, non-profits and local residents – all community sectors
  • Program of the National Safety Council committed to saving lives and preventing injuries in the US at the community level
  • US arm of international movement, affiliated with World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Community Safety Promotion, to reduce worldwide injuries/deaths from preventable causes
  • Based on data and evaluation
  • Communities take the lead in collaboration with NSC/Safe Communities America
what is a safe community
What is a Safe Community?

Safe Communities

  • Share a designated geographical area (a municipality, a campus, a district, a county, or region)
  • Work together in a coordinated and collaborative way
  • Promote safety and health to prevent injury of its residents
  • Determines for itself, based on data, what areas of safety and health are in greatest need of attention
  • Are committed to a process of continuous improvement
  • Save lives and reduce injuries

Safe Communities Quick Facts:

  • 21 designated communities in the US/276 worldwide
    • 12 additional communities currently pursuing designation
  • 5.1 million people currently live in a designated US Safe Community – our goal is 10 million people in 4 years
  • Communities have demonstrated long-term commitment to continuous improvement through a rigorous application process taking 9-12 months
17 affiliate safe community support centres ascsc 9 safe community certifying centres sccc
17 Affiliate Safe Community Support Centres (ASCSC), 9 Safe Community Certifying Centres (SCCC)
  • Iceland
  • • Public Health Institute of Iceland (ASCSC) Norway
  • • Norwegian Safety Forum (ASCSC)
  • Sweden
  • European Safe Community Certifying Centre (SCCC)
  • )

China• China Occupational Safety & Health Association (ASCSC)

• Occupational Safety and Health Council, Hong Kong (ASCSC; SCCC; SSCC) • Taiwanese Community Safety Promotion Center (ASCSC;SSCC)

  • Czech Rebublic
  • • Centre for Injury Prevention (ASCSC; SSCC)

Japan• Japan Institution for Safe Communities

(ASCSC; SSCC) • Japan International Safe School Certifying Centre (SSCC)

South Korea

• Center for Injury Prevention and Community Safety Promotion (ASCSC;SCCC;SSCC)Bangladesh• Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (ASCSC)Australia• Royal Children´s Hospital Safety Centre (ASCSC)• Australian Safe Communities Foundation (SCCC)New Zealand

• Safe Communities Foundation (ASCSC;SCCC;SSCC)

  • USA
  • • National Safety Council (ASCSC; SCCC)
  • • Injury Prevention Research Center (ASCSC)
  • Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research
  • Center (ASCSC)
  • Austria
  • Safe Kids Austria (ASCSC)Serbia
  • • National Center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, (ASCSC)
  • Uganda
  • • Injury Control Center (ASCSC)
  • South Africa• Centre for Peace Action (ASCSC;SCCC)
  • México
  • • National Association of Councils for Citizen Participation (ASCSC)Colombia
  • • Instituto CISALVA (ASCSC;SCCC)

6 August 2012

These Affiliate Centres are supporting the WHO CC in the development of the Safe Communities Program and providing advice and assistance in the field of injury prevention and safety promotion to the communities in their country and internationally.

The Certifying Centres also take care of the certifying function of the WHO CC.

safe communities america network 5 1 million people live in a safe community in the us
Safe Communities America Network 5.1 million people live in a Safe Community in the US
  • National Safety Council
  • Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research Center
  • UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

Designated Communities

Anchorage Arlington Heights, IL

Beatrice, NE

Dallas. TX

Dona Ana, NMEmory University, GAErie County, PA

Hagerstown, MD

Hammond, LA

Itasca, ILLycoming, PA

County Madison, Dane County, WIMadison County, KYNew Lenox, ILNorfolk, NE Omaha, NE Nebraska Panhandle

Shawnee, OK

Springfield, MOSullivan County, TN

University Southern California

safe communities america works
Safe Communities America Works!

NSC study showed that most Safe Communities had significantly lower fatal injury rates than comparable counties – 10% average reduction for both intentional and unintentional injury areas.

safe communities preventing prescription drug overdoses
Safe Communities Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses

Madison County, KY

Itasca, IL

Madison/Dane County, WI

Injury Prevention Summit: Focus on Drug Poisoning

January 30, 2012

  • Increase targeted marketing to promote MedDrop pharmaceutical take back program to at-risk groups
  • Build collaboration among local health care systems to reduce community supply of opiates (eg. adopt prescribing guidelines; adjust insurance co-pay policies)
  • Formation of community-based drug-free coalitions
benefits of becoming a safe community
Benefits of Becoming a Safe Community
  • Higher standard of living with fewer injuries and deaths.
  • Reduces healthcare costs
  • Participate in annual Safe Communities America Networking Conference
  • Access to injury program evaluation and data collection training
  • Receive regular updates of funding opportunities
  • Access to resources from NSC and other sources to help develop and sustain injury reduction programs in your community
  • National promotion through a variety of communication channels
2 designation options for us communities
2 Designation Options for US Communities
  • International - based on 7 Indicators


  • National – based on 4 Areas of Competency

(Communities may apply for and maintain a dual designation)

designation criteria
Designation Criteria
  • Sustained collaboration
  • An understanding of community data
  • An offering of programs that address injury patterns and trends in the community
    • Motor vehicle, including distracted and teen driving, child passenger restraint; Older adult falls; Poisoning by drug overdose; Workplace safety for on and off the job; Violence and suicide prevention; Emergency preparedness
  • Evaluation competency
application process
Application Process
  • Submit a letter of intent signed by the highest municipal representative within the boundaries of defined community
  • Submit an electronic application - for review by two certified reviewers
  • Conduct a 1.5 day site visit attended by two reviewers
  • Public recognition and celebration of achievement
maintaining designation in us network
Maintaining Designation in US Network
  • Annual Reports must be current to be a considered a community in good standing
  • Recommended that each community sends at least one representative to the annual Safe Communities America Networking Conference
  • Active participation in the Safe Communities America Network
  • National and International Safe Communities must reapply for designation after 5 years (all fees and expenses apply).
sustainable effort
Sustainable Effort
  • Capacity building
    • Add to network
      • state clusters
      • support centers
      • large population centers
    • Sustainability at community level
    • KY Project
  • Evaluation
    • Encourage evidence-based community programs – Proven and promising
    • Training
    • Annual reports
kentucky project ky injury prevention and research center
Kentucky ProjectKY Injury Prevention and Research Center
  • Identify and recruit KY counties with high injury rates to adopt the Safe Communities America model
  • Reach 50% of the population in 5 years to reduce injuries and deaths