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Safety Town

Safety Town is an interactive mobile town that covers health and safety topics impacting all ages. We provide students with an opportunity to learn about safety through hands-on activities. All of our school programs meet AZ Academic Standards.

Our Programs

Injury Prevention Elementary Program

This program is an interactive mobile town that covers multiple health and safety topics. Participants can stroll among colorful mini buildings and sidewalks, complete with crosswalks and traffic signals, to learn about safety through hands-on activities.

Some of the topics we cover include: 

  • Water Safety & Sun Safety
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
  • Healthy Living & Hand Washing
  • Motor Vehicle Safety 
  • Fire Safety
  • Stranger Danger
  • Poison Safety
  • Gun Safety
  • Railroad Safety
  • Animal Bites
  • Bullying & Falls/Playground Safety

This program has had successful partnerships with community organizations and elementary schools throughout the Phoenix valley and the state of Arizona. The program was launched in April 2017 and has reached over 25,000 elementary school children throughout the state of Arizona.

Safety Town Junior High Programs

Safe Passenger know their Role

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately two-thirds of all deaths among children and adolescents, aged 5--19 years, result from injury-related causes: motor-vehicle crashes, suicide, all other unintentional injury. Even though AZ saw less drivers on our roadways during 2020 the fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. which includes pedestrians increased Fact sheet from the U.S. Department of education - Our schools need to be safe havens for all students, and it is critical that we provide school leaders with tools and resources to help them become stronger partners in reducing teen dating violence and. These deaths and injuries are preventable.

This program discusses the importance of seatbelt usage, pedestrian safety, and not being a distraction in a vehicle. The lesson incorporates Arizona Health State Standards for grade 6-8. We enable students to identify patterns of behaviors that could lead to crashes, deaths, and injuries

One Love: A Future Without Violence

For many teens, the dating experience can also include different forms of violence that can cause short- and long-term harm to their physical and mental health. Helping teens develop healthy and respectful relationships early on may protect them from the harmful consequences of dating violence and set the stage for healthy relationship patterns that persist into adulthood.

This programs purpose is to enable students to identify patterns of behaviors that lead to dating violence, educating on red flags in a relationship.

Motor Vehicle Safety Programs

Motor vehicle crashes are the second  leading cause of death. In 2020 almost 41,00 people died, that   more than 110 people killed every day.(CDC 2020)For adults seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries.

Banner Health's Child Passenger Safety Program educates the entire family on critical safety behaviors and provides child car seats to families in need. This program has made successful partnerships with several of the valley's head start programs, foster and adoption agencies, and other community organizations.

With increases in technology and gaining popularity of hand-held devices, distracted driving has become a major threat to the health and well-being of our population. In 2022, there were 3,308 people killed by distracted driving (NHTSA 2022).

Our Distracted Driving Program is designed to be implemented in high schools, colleges, community events, and corporations. This interactive program educates teens and adults about the dangers of high risk behaviors such as distracted and impaired driving, and not wearing a seatbelt, as well as strategies for staying safe on the road.

Fall Prevention and Safety Class for Older Adults

Each year over 14 million adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. report falling 37 % of those who fall reported an injury that required medical treatment or restriction their activity  (that's more than 1 out of every 4 older adults) (CDC, 2020).

This interactive program is designed for community dwelling adults over the age of 65. The program uses evidence-based education, utilizing the STEADI Compendium developed by the CDC, as well Safety Town's adult safety house, providing interactive and engaging education for the senior community. Banner Health has had successful partnerships with many of the senior centers located throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. We have also provided rural outreach education throughout the state in Gila, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, and Pinal counties.

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Fall prevention
  • Medication management
  • Exercise and balance training
  • Community resources
  • Fire and burn safety
  • Water and Sun Safety
  • Safe gun storage – free gun locks provided.
  • Poison safety
  • Motor vehicle safety

Stop the Bleed

Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death.

Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, front line aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.

Banner Health is committed to the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. In partnership with several local trauma centers and the Arizona Trauma Association, Banner Health is actively participating to STOP THE BLEED, by providing comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information to Arizona's population.

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More Information

If you are interested in any of Banner Health's Injury Prevention Program offerings contact us today!

Banner Children's at Desert and Banner Desert Medical Center
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator
(480) 412-3306

Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator
(602) 839-8045

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