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Prevent Child Injury, Ontario Child Injury Prevention Committee

June 1, 2016

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Who should attend: Public health managers and staff who work with families of children 0 – 3 years of age

Presenter: Lorna Boratto on behalf of the Ontario Child Injury Prevention Committee

In 2009, the Ontario Injury Prevention Practitioners Network did a priority setting exercise that showed that prevention of falls in children 0 – 3 years of age needed to be one of the priorities for the group. Subsequent literature reviews and conversations with Safe Kids Canada found that there was very little evidence-based intervention available. Alberta’s A Million Messages was found to be a promising practice.

In the Fall of 2012 a Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) was initiated: Adapting Alberta’s A Million Messages for Implementation in Ontario’s Health and Social Services Systems. The outcome of the LDCP was the development of a framework and 39 key injury prevention messages (evaluated for readability and quality), tailored to age and stage of development. These can be easily incorporated into current public health practice, to facilitate staff to include injury prevention messages when in contact with families of children 0 – 3 years of age.

A webinar will be offered to introduce the program to public health staff and managers who work with families of young children. This includes healthy babies, healthy children, family health teams, reproductive health teams and child health teams. We will also engage in a discussion as to how to support implementation of this program in public health.

  • WHAT? Watch your child play and think about the new things your child can do.
  • SO WHAT? When your child is playing, look for places they can explore, what they can reach and what the can get in to that may hurt them. Think about how they can fall, be burned or poisoned.
  • NOW WHAT? Now that you have found these things in your home that can hurt your child, think about how you can prevent your child from getting hurt.

Registration: (no cost)