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.