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NSC is proud to highlight the work being done in Safe Communities across the nation. Collaboration brings about change.
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Six years since being named a Safe Community, data from
New Lenox shows declines in preventable deaths and injuries. Community leaders are focused on
suicide prevention, fall-prevention for older adults and medication disposal. New Lenox also has a nationally recognized Community Emergency Response Team, and piloted an NSC community education program,
Surviving an Active Shooter Event.
A community coalition in
Anchorage delivers safety solutions for some of the unique concerns of residents, including a harsh climate and little sunlight, leading to high rates of depression and substance abuse. They also are focusing on bullying prevention and wellness for teens and young adults. Anchorage has been an accredited Safe Community since 1998.
Dr. Croydon Siffring, professor at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and a member of the surgical trauma team at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, is doing his part to alter physician prescribing habits. His goal: To stem the flood of prescription painkillers entering society and reduce addiction and overdose deaths. Siffring advocates for treating post-operative trauma with ibuprofen and acetaminophen rather than relying on opioids for extended periods of time.
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.
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.
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:
Mental health training can mean the difference between life and death for a person in crisis. See how New Lenox, IL, is tackling this problem.