Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council and Safe Communities America congratulate central Kentucky on its accreditation as a Safe Community. The designation recognizes central Kentucky and its coalition – comprised of representatives from Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties – for implementing effective strategies to promote safety and address injuries.
"This first-time accreditation highlights strong partnerships and engaged coalition members – all dedicated to the safety and well-being of not only their county, but also surrounding communities," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America. "Although this is a four-county accreditation, it feels like one big community. All are very supportive of each other's work and leverage expertise across counties to implement good practices."
The regional coalition includes leadership from each county. In addition, each county has a task group that focuses on county-specific efforts and priorities. Coalition leaders are focused on opportunities to grow the coalition and better represent central Kentucky.
"The Safe Communities Coalition of Central Kentucky is honored to receive the national accreditation," said Dr. Stephanie Blevins of Heart of Kentucky United Way, the lead agency for the coalition. "The communities of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties have once again joined together to form a strong network of agencies. Armed with data, the county task forces are improving the safety of our communities."
Coalition members are actively engaged with a variety of community partners. Some of the initial prevention work focuses on addiction, work-related safety and child maltreatment. In addition, the coalition is working closely with the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN), which is dedicated to promoting safety and preventing injuries throughout Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky, both of which have worked closely with NSC to lead the Safe Community effort in the state.
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 Kentucky received a "C" overall. However, central Kentucky is an example of how efforts at the local level can create safer communities within a state.
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.