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Building your coalition can take 10-12 months. The Community Toolbox offers strategies to
maintain a coalition.
Secure community leadership. Community leadership support, including the mayor, council members, and/or
city manager, is a requirement for Safe Communities accreditation. If you need sample letters to your leadership,
please contact SCA staff.
Establish a core group. Bring together key stakeholders to explore how Safe Communities accreditation
will benefit the community. Consider leveraging an existing group when forming your coalition (e.g.. Safe Kids
coalition, Steering Committee on Health and Safety, a local emergency planning committee). Your core group can
help you develop a
mission and encourage others to join.
Identify a lead organization. One organization should take the leadership role in the application and
coalition building process. We highly recommend two leads from different organizations. The lead may change
over time and the coalition can be led by any organization. The lead organization(s) will act as the main contact
between the community and Safe Communities America.
Review community data. How are people getting hurt? Where are they getting hurt? Why are they getting
hurt? Use data from hospitals, health departments, colleges and universities, police departments, schools, any
local or regional data to help you determine what injuries are occurring in your community.
Conduct community assessment. What programs, policies, practices or partnerships exist to keep the community
safe and healthy? What activities exist in the community, schools, workplace, etc.? An inventory of programs will
help you identify where efforts are duplicated and where gaps exist.
Every community must meet the following criteria to meet accreditation standards:
We are not accepting new letters of intent.
SCA staff will provide ongoing support to the community. SCA staff can review draft applications, attend meetings
over the phone with the coalition, provide sample materials and connect you with current Safe Communities coalition
Once the final application is submitted, SCA staff will complete a cursory review to ensure all components are in
Once the cursory review is complete, SCA staff will assign two national reviewers and one international reviewer.
The international reviewer will only complete a desktop review and will not attend the site visit. Reviewers will
then have four to eight weeks to complete the review process. This does not include the site
visit. Reviewers may ask for additional modifications to the application during this period.
A site visit is required for all new communities and some reaccrediting communities. The site visit lasts 1.5 days
and covers programs and partnership documented in the application. Reviewers will outline what they would
like to see in the site visit. At the end of the site visit, reviewers will indicate to the community whether they
recommend the community for accreditation. If you are seeking reaccreditation, please review the
Does My Community Need a Site Visit? document to determine if you will need a site visit.
Reviewers will provide SCA staff with a final report highlighting successes and areas for improvement. Communities
must cover the costs for travel, lodging and meals for the two national SCA reviewers.
The accreditation ceremony should be planned within 12 weeks of the site visit and must support the travel,
lodging and meals for one SCA program staff member. You will work with the SCA director to determine a date and
The Safe Communities accreditation lasts five years. In order to maintain good status, communities are required
to do the following:
Failure to meet these requirements may impact the community's accreditation.
NSC is no longer accepting new applications. Please contact Steve Sparrow at the University of Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, at [email protected].