- Unintentional injury is the #1 killer of children age 14 and under in the U.S.;
- Unintentional injury kills more kids every year than any other cause – including disease, homicide and suicide;
- Each year in the U.S., 9,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury; and
- Studies indicate 90% of these unintentional injuries can be prevented.
Recognizing the serious need for education and training in the areas of pediatric trauma and injury prevention, the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation established the Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP) in 1994.
The mission of our program is simple: develop local projects, which will reduce the number of children in our three-state District who are killed or injured by trauma. Learn why injuries are no accident
The Foundation takes a holistic approach to meet our mission:
- We work to prevent pediatric trauma by providing community outreach, education and materials to children and families living in the communities we share;
- We utilize the knowledge and expertise of our partner hospitals to identify projects the Kiwanis family can undertake to address the issue of Pediatric Trauma; and
- We improve the outcomes for children who experience pediatric trauma by providing grants to our partner hospitals, which enable them to reach out to their communities with educational materials, safety equipment and information on childhood trauma prevention; offer advanced pediatric training for doctors, nurses and first responders; and purchase specialized pediatric medical equipment.
Donations earmarked for PTP are spent in three major areas:
- grants to our partner hospitals;
- grants to Kiwanis and SLP clubs; and
- PTP safety items which are available for purchase by the Kiwanis family at a subsidized cost.
All of this is only possible due to the generous support of our clubs and members.