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Itasca, IL – On Thursday, Madison County received reaccreditation as a Safe Community – one of just four communities in Kentucky and 18 in the U.S. given this distinction by the National Safety Council. Madison County initially was accredited in 2010 through the Council's Safe Communities America program after evaluating community members' efforts to use proven, data-driven programs to save lives and prevent injuries.
Since 2010, more than 125 stakeholders in Madison County have come together to help identify the leading safety threats to the community, focusing on issues including pedestrian safety and childhood safety education.
"Madison County is a perfect example of how communitywide collaboration brings about change," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America at NSC. "We are excited to reaccredit Madison County and continue watching the coalition make this community safer."
The Madison County Safety Coalition facilitated pedestrian safety initiatives in Berea, Richmond and Madison County. These projects include Safe Routes to School programs and high-visibility crosswalks.
The Coalition also partnered with the Madison County Fiscal Court to create Safety City, a hands-on learning lab for children to help demonstrate the risks they face and how to mitigate those risks.
"Madison County's reaccreditation by Safe Communities America is a great honor that would not be possible without the collaboration of several community partners," said Lloyd Jordison, health education coordinator at Madison County Health Department. "Their collaboration and support creates a culture of safety within our community. This accreditation recognizes the efforts of the Madison County Safety Coalition and its partners as they constantly strive to make our community a safer place."
Safe Communities America brings together businesses, civic organizations, local government, nonprofits and local residents to identify the leading causes of preventable death and injuries in their communities, and then take steps to mitigate those risks. To be considered for accreditation, communities must prove they have sustained collaboration, data collection and application, effective strategies to address safety issues and evaluation methods.
For more information, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
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