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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council and Safe Communities America congratulate Anchorage, Alaska, on its reaccreditation as a Safe Community. The designation recognizes Anchorage for implementing effective strategies to promote safety and address injuries.
The Alaska Injury Prevention Center – or AIPC – has been leading the Anchorage Safe Community effort since 1998, when the city was first accredited. Anchorage is the second oldest area to be accredited a Safe Community in the United States.
“AIPC is seen as a trusted source in the community on injury issues, and with its help, the Anchorage Safe Community team has documented effective, innovative and collaborative measures in safety and injury prevention programming,” said Jenny Burke, senior director of advocacy for the National Safety Council. “The community achievements outlined since the last accreditation five years ago support growth, sustainability and building a culture of safety in the community.”
The Safe Community group in Anchorage has established relationships with all sectors of the community, and it continues to be data-driven, frequently referring to data to make its case for injury and safety programming.
Some of the key initiatives for the Anchorage Safe Community team include traffic safety (child passenger safety and “bikeology,” or safe bike riding), the prevention of substance use/misuse, and violence and suicide prevention.
In addition, Anchorage is implementing Green Dot, a violence prevention program that depends on the power of bystanders to prevent violence and shift social and cultural norms.
“As Alaskans, we confront danger in many ways – and we know that to be safe, we have to prepare and make good decisions,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “Being recognized as a Safe Community reminds us to remain vigilant.”
For more information about Safe Communities America and the accreditation process, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.