Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council and Safe Communities America congratulate Emory University on its reaccreditation as a Safe Community. The designation recognizes Emory and its coalition, the Emory Safety Alliance, for implementing effective strategies to promote safety and address injuries.
Reaccreditation as a Safe Community confirms Emory's commitment as a leader in championing safety and preventing injury.
"By achieving reaccreditation, Emory University is continuing to foster a culture of safety within its community," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America. "It is serving as an example to other academic institutions that are looking to use data to further their safety programs."
Dr. Michael J. Huey, assistant vice president and executive director of Emory University Student Health Services, said the institution was proud to be reaccredited by Safe Communities America, especially since it is one of only four Safe Community universities in the nation.
"We are excited to continue collaborating with university and community partners to improve the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our Emory campuses," said Huey, who is also associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and president of the American College Health Association.
Emory is collaborating with members that will maintain, grow and strengthen the Emory Safety Alliance, which is implementing effective, promising and trauma-informed strategies to address injuries. The university collects data and uses scientific research to help guide program planning. In addition, the alliance is working closely - and in new ways - with university departments to identify injury and safety issues. Its priority areas are the E-Care Concussion Project, First Responder Unified Training and LiveSafe Mobile Safety initiative that increases communication between community members and emergency services.
According to the NSC State of Safety Report, more than 70% of the preventable deaths in the U.S. occur in homes and communities. No state received an "A" for safety in the report, and Georgia received a "D" overall. However, Emory is an example of how efforts at the local level can create safer academic communities. Emory was just the second academic institution in the United States recognized as an international Safe Community.
For more information about Safe Communities America and the accreditation process, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.