Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to children in Boston and in the United States. Common causes of fatal and non-fatal unintentional injuries among children include falls, traffic injuries, drowning, poisoning, and burns. Every year, nearly 9 million children ages 19 and younger are treated in emergency departments for preventable injuries. Every day, injuries claims the lives 25 children. Injuries can present long-lasting physical, financial and emotional challenges for families, especially in the most vulnerable neighborhoods. While injuries are among the most under-recognized public health problem in our country, our program works to raise awareness on injury prevention and create injury free communities across the city.
The Injury Prevention Program is committed to preventing unintentional injuries among people of all ages, and providing the necessary interventions that will help keep Boston communities safe. Our program primarily focuses on reducing the risk of injury through education, resources and legislation. By offering workshops on behavioral strategies, improving access to prevention resources, and collaborating with local, state and federal agencies, our program aims to keep our neighborhoods safe and injury free.