NSC welcomes some of our newest Safe Communities to the network, and congratulates those who have completed reaccreditation requirements. Collaboration brings about change.
On Aug. 25, 2016, Midland became the first Safe Community accredited in Michigan and the 19th Safe Community accredited in the nation. One of Midland's biggest supporters is Dow, illustrating the critical impact corporate partners can have on reshaping the safety of a community.
After reviewing local data, Midland Safe Community – made up of diverse groups like police, fire, hospitals, community foundations, public schools, health departments, faith-based organizations and more – identified three major causes of injury and death:
- Senior fires
- Senior falls
They pulled together groups from the Fire Department, Senior Services and MidMichigan Medical Center to take the lead on programs like fall prevention events and home modifications. They developed a program called Remembering When, which addresses both falls and fire prevention for seniors.
Midland Safe Community included training for the proper handling of mental health crises by police and engaged faith-based organizations to address the issue of suicide.
With the support of major stakeholders like Dow, the proven model of Safe Communities and the dedicated people of Midland, the city has given itself the tools to fight against these preventable deaths and create a safer and healthier place to live.
West Virginia University, Morgantown and Monongalia County
On June 21, 2016, West Virginia University, the City of Morgantown and Monongalia County earned Safe Communities accreditation. It is the first time a Safe Community has been comprised of more than one entity, drawing resources and stakeholders from 45 local groups. The West Virginia University and Greater Morgantown Safety Communities Initiative is the 18th accredited Safe Community.
Research shows drug overdoses, suicide, sexual assault and workplace safety are serious issues impacting residents, prompting leaders to develop programs to combat each. Actions include:
- Developing the Simulation Training & Education for Patient Safety (STEPS) program to teach law enforcement how to administer naloxone, an overdose antidote
- Implementing a suicide screening tool developed by the Department of Emergency Medicine
- Creating the LoveWELL program, which uses a peer-to-peer format to empower students to help prevent sexual assault and harassment
- Developing a virtual emergency center to allow first responders, law enforcement and campus personnel to assemble and distribute resources
- Adopting a workplace safety software package that tracks injuries and identifies causes; WVU has seen a drop in workplace injuries over the past five years thanks for this software
This news clip recognizes the community’s work towards accreditation.
New Lennox, Illinois
On June 1, 2016, New Lenox, IL, was reaccredited as a Safe Community. Six years after being named a Safe Community, data shows declines in preventable deaths and injuries.
Since 2010, New Lenox has focused efforts on older adult falls, safe disposal of prescription drugs and emergency preparedness. Between 2009 and 2011 there were, on average, 145 fewer hospitalizations a year in New Lenox compared to the 10-year period prior to accreditation.
Community leaders will begin focusing on suicide prevention in addition to continuing efforts around other leading causes of preventable death. New Lenox is implementing fall-prevention classes for older adults and creating a safe medication disposal program, and it will continue its nationally recognized Community Emergency Response Team.
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