Keeping Kids Safe and Injury-free

August 16, 2017

Thanks to support from Kohl's, Lurie Children's offers a wide variety of child safety and injury prevention programs throughout the Chicago area.

Since 2001, Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. has been a valued partner of Lurie Children’s, supporting community injury prevention and child safety programs through the hospital’s Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC), as well as Family Services programs.

Thanks to support from the Play It Safe With Kohl’s program, IPRC staff work with numerous community groups, schools and park districts to provide a variety of awareness, education and training initiatives aimed at reducing injuries to children at home, in school and at play.

Home safety programs include Stop the Falls, a window fall prevention campaign that provides tips and free protective window guards that parents can use to reduce the possibility of a young child accidentally falling from a window. A recent Lurie Children’s study found that the numbers of Chicago children under the age of 5 injured in window falls has declined significantly since the campaign began in 2002.

Other IPRC programs that benefit from Kohl’s support include the Knee Injury Prevention Program (KIPP®) for school-aged female athletes, and the “Return to Learn” program, which provides education for school nurses to help students who have sustained concussions transition back to school.

Free playground safety inspections by specially-trained IPRC staff are available for playgrounds in parks, childcare centers and schools, and free bike helmets are available to youth in underserved communities through partnerships with area cycling organizations.

Kohl’s support for Lurie Children’s extends to its generous employees. Mobilized by the company’s “Associates in Action” program, Kohl’s associates have worked side by side with hospital staff to build playgrounds in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, each year hundreds of company associates participate in such annual Lurie Children’s fundraising events as the Move for the Kids 5K Walk/ Run, presented by C.H. Robinson; the Aon Step Up for Kids stair climb; and Eric & Kathy’s Kids.

“Each year we are able to share resources, tools and information to keep kids safe, and funding from Kohl’s makes it all possible,” says Amy Hill, Associate Director of the IPRC. “Unintentional injury remains the leading cause of mortality for children in the United States, and we are proud of the work we’ve done to help prevent injuries at home and in the community.”

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Heroes magazine.