What We Do
Because we all have a responsibility to speak up and let our voices be heard on issues we care about, the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center works with local, state and national legislators to advance the health and safety of children and families. The Center also partners on grassroots advocacy campaigns with members of our various coalitions and the Greater Cleveland community by providing people with education and information on key issues and arming them with the information they need to be effective advocates. Our efforts have included campaigns to improve Ohio’s weak child restraint law, advocacy to strengthen the state’s graduated drivers’ licensing requirements and working with local municipalities to enact ordinances related to seat belt use, bicycle helmet use, and smoke detector use.
The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center is lead agency for the Greater Cleveland Safe Kids/Safe Communities Coalition. The Safe Kids Coalition is the regional chapter of the National Safe Kids Campaign, an organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries. Safe Communities is a state-funded program designed to reduce risks associated with motor vehicle crashes through programs to increase seat belt use and reduce speeding, reckless and aggressive driving. As lead agency for these coalitions, Rainbow has a network of more than 200 community partner agencies and organizations working together to reduce unintentional injuries.
The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center has programs, information and access to specialists in a wide array of injury prevention areas, including:
- child passenger safety
- bicycle and pedestrian safety
- traffic safety
- safe driving programs for the two highest risk groups—teens and seniors
- seat belt promotion
- unintentional firearm injuries
- fire safety
- youth sports safety
- poison prevention
- home safety
- playground safety
Regional Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program
The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center operates a grant-funded Regional Child Passenger Safety Program that oversees CPS activities in five counties and trains new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-certified CPS technicians. Rainbow offers a free Car Seat Fit Stop, where parents can have their car seats checked for correct installation, selection and recall, and also offers the following CPS programs:
- low-cost car seat distribution classes for income-qualified families
- infant seat classes for expectant parents
- car seat check up events throughout a multi-county region
Traffic Safety Program
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children. Creating a safe environment for kids means addressing all of the risk areas that impact the health and wellbeing of our community’s children. As a result, we venture into some nontraditional areas for a children’s hospital, like DUI reduction programs and senior driving workshops. We want our children—and everyone who is important in a child’s life—to make it home safely.
The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center is the lead agency for the Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force and the Speed, Reckless and Aggressive Driving Reduction Task Force, which are comprised of local law enforcement agencies, judges, prosecutors, political leaders, businesses, schools and community members that work together to reduce drunk and drugged driving and improve traffic safety through a combination of community education and enforcement efforts. More than 30 law enforcement member agencies work together on targeted enforcement campaigns, share equipment and conduct training to improve officers’ traffic safety enforcement skills.