Injuries are the number one cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. Education on risk prevention is a healthcare provider’s responsibility, however, many providers do not have the time, nor the training and resources, to adequately address these topics in well child visits.
As a result, the Ohio AAP is working diligently to address this issue by educating parents and healthcare providers. This educational outreach is accomplished through many initiatives, including the following:
- Provider Education:
- Injury Plus SEEK Program- The Ohio AAP’s Injury Plus SEEK Program teaches physicians how to implement a hybrid of the Ohio AAP’s Injury Prevention Screening Tool and the nationally recognized SEEK Tool, allowing physicians to more efficiently and effectively screen for child abuse and mental health risks, as well as the most common injury risks for children birth to five years of age.
- Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Series – The Ohio AAP hosted education on four topics related to preventing child abuse and neglect, and improving support systems for Ohio’s children. Focus areas were sentinel injuries, implicit bias, human trafficking, and social determinants of health. Education for each of the topics can be accessed for sustainable learning.
- Smoke Free Families Learning Collaborative – A project focusing on reducing smoke exposure and unsafe sleep environments, the SFF program offers resources to practices to screen and address behaviors.
- Community and Provider Resources:
- Store It Safe Firearms Safety Program
- Injury Prevention Resources for Providers, Birth – Five Years of Age
- Resources to Address Social Determinants of Health
- Interconception Care/IMPLICIT Toolkit Resources
- Safe Sleep Training for Home Visitors (Webinar)
- Put A Lid On It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness
- Safe Sleep Awareness
- Teen Safe Driving Initiative
- Glass-Front Fireplace Safety