What Public Health Practitioners Can Do to Promote Child Fall Prevention

The following is a list of possible activities public health practitioners can engage in to promote childhood fall prevention in their local communities.

Collaborate with Schools, Parents, and Health Providers:

  • Provide educational materials to child-birth and Lamaze classes.
  • Have a display of educational materials at WIC and public health clinics, maternity hospitals, or social services departments.
  • Include fall prevention materials in mailings to young families and pregnant women.
  • Partner with local child care or community centers to provide classes and educational materials about child fall prevention to expectant mother and families with young children.
  • Have a "safety shower" for pregnant women to provide them with information about preventing childhood falls.
  • Provide handouts and educational materials to pediatricians, medical care providers, hospital discharge units, maternity units, obstetrician offices, schools, and day care centers.
  • Offer a class about childhood fall prevention strategies at a school or day care.
  • Collaborate with local schools to provide classes and educational materials to coaches about falls and concussions in sports.
  • Attend parent teacher group (such as PTO and PTA) meetings to speak about child fall prevention and distribute resources.
  • Provide child fall prevention materials to school nurses.

Utilize Media

  • Have your department or a physician write a Letter to the Editor to increase public awareness about the problem of child falls and provide fall prevention information.
  • Submit a news release to local newspapers and radio public service announcements to radio stations about the problem of child falls and provide fall prevention information.
  • Send a Letter to the Editor about the problem of child falls and provide fall prevention information.
  • Provide articles on fall prevention to community publications, such as faith-based or school newsletters and bulletins.
  • Disseminate child fall prevention educational materials electronically through Listservs®, newsletters, and other communication venues used by your agency.
  • Speak about child fall prevention on a radio talk show.
  • Post child fall prevention materials on your website and/or provide a link to the New York State Department of Health's website Injury Prevention in New York State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable.
  • Respond to breaking news stories involving childhood falls incidents.
  • Use local cable access channels to convey fall prevention messages.