CIRP Giving Thanks

November 25, 2013

This week, I am especially mindful of what I am thankful for in the world of child injury prevention:

Top Twelve (in no particular order)

  • Crash mitigating technology, like electronic stability control
  • Lap and shoulder belt requirement in all rear row positions
  • Child Restraint laws and resulting increase in age-appropriate restraint use
  • Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors
  • Comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing policies
  • Decade of Action for Global Road Safety 2011-2020
  • Child Access Prevention laws that protect children from access to guns
  • Youth Sports Concussion becoming a hot topic for Congress, which may result in funding for critical pediatric brain injury research
  • CDC National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
  • Trauma-informed Care Approach to working with children exposed to trauma
  • Good data that provides common ground for government, advocates, and industry to improve safety for children
  • Funding to train the next generation of child injury prevention scientists (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)

What are you thankful for this year? Tweet your child injury prevention ideas to me @safetymd #CIRPgivingthanks.

We've come such a long way but still have important work to do. Stay tuned for my Holiday Wish List for child injury prevention in December.