March Safe Kids/Safe Communities Meeting Minutes

March 13th, 2017.

Greater Cleveland Safe Kids/Safe Communities

Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2017


Speaker – thanks to Meredith Ondak for coming to talk about Ohio Department of Health Tobacco Grant and the Cuyahoga County Tobacco Collaborative. For more information, please contact Meredith at

Old Business

  • Welcome Isaac Markiewitz to the family! Carli and baby Isaac are doing wonderful!
  • Mocktail Pictures – please go to to check out pictures from Mocktail
  • Super Bowl Outreach – thank you to everyone that took out the coasters and posted safe driving messages on social media.
  • 2017 Child Passenger Safety Conference – 169 attendees from across the state. Attendees received 6 CEUs.

New Business

  • Safety Calendar – contact Mandy ( to order
    • Topics include daylight savings/smoke alarm batteries, poison prevention week, playground safety, sports safety, brain injury awareness and safe sleep.
  • Safe Sleep – toolkit is available at
  • Smoke Alarm Battery Reminder – contact Mandy ( for a JPG for social media
  • Poison Prevention – contact Mandy ( to order materials including phone stickers and posters
  • Home Safety – contact Mandy ( to order materials
    • Materials include handouts and checklists for home safety, medication safety, liquid laundry pod safety, fire safety and carbon monoxide prevention.
  • Brain Injury Awareness – contact Mandy ( to learn more about the Return To Learn program (concussion team model program with Westlake to kick off soon)
    • Concussion materials are also available.
  • Sports Safety – contact Mandy ( to materials
    • Materials include sports safety books, handouts and a curriculum
  • Child Abuse Prevention – contact Jennifer ( to get on the invitation list for the event on April 4
    • Plan to Wear Blue for child abuse prevention awareness on April 12
    • Social media copy and calls to action will be sent via emails
  • Playground Safety – contact Mandy ( to order handouts
    • Contact Mandy to learn more about potential playground grants
  • Bicycle Safety – contact Mandy ( to order materials and learn more
    • School Outreach – Bike to School Week (May 8-12) kits will be available. Kits include curriculum, giveaways, ideas for hosting events, etc.
    • Community Outreach – limited amount of materials for you to take out. Helmet fitting guides, general bike safety, giveaways and helmet fitting tapes are available.
      • If you have an event that you want bike safety materials/activity at, please let Mandy know. We have great activities for you to borrow.
    • Bulk Bike Helmets are available. Contact Tom ( or visit  to learn more
  • Safety Town Toolkits – contact Mandy ( to reserve your Safety Town toolkits
    • Toolkits for bicycle safety, poison prevention and child passenger are available.
    • If you are interested in having someone from Safe Kids come talk at your “parent day” at Safety Town, please let Mandy know.
  • Safe Communities – St. Patrick’s Day – contact Rachel ( to order materials or if you’re interested in helping with the parade
    • Materials include coasters and Lyft codes
    • Parade kicks off at 1pm but need to be in line at 12pm. Looking for police officers to walk beside the OVI trailer
  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month – contact Rachel ( to host an event
    • Potential programs include Science of Attention, Your Brain Behind the Wheel, SIDNE and Distracted Driving Observations at high schools
  • SIDNE – contact Rachel ( to schedule the SIDNE at your school for the prom/graduation season and summer events
  • Safe Communities Facebook – please “like” Cuyahoga County Safety Communities on Facebook ( )
  • Click It For a Ticket – contact Rachel ( to participate
    • Looking for a couple more schools to participate. Participation includes pre-event seat belt observations, education/outreach activities, “ticketing” event with treats and post intervention.
  • Click It or Ticket Kickoff- contact Rachel ( for more information
    • Looking for high school groups to help decorate rocks for our CIOT kickoff event
  • Teen Driving ROADeo – contact Rachel ( to learn more about volunteering
    • Potential time and location are Tri-C Western on Saturday June 24 from 11a-1p.
    • Need help with local vendors including tire companies, car shops, etc.
    • Students will register with Eventbrite for $15. At the event, they will receive a $25 gift card.
  • Driver Education Scholarship Program – contact Rachel ( to help with contacting the schools/driving schools
    • Seeking schools in low income areas (including Euclid, East Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood) to help with this program.

Coalition Business

  • Safe Sitter – contact Mandy ( to set up a class
  • Volunteer Opportunities – contact Mandy ( to volunteer
    • Malachi Race – Saturday, March 11 from 8a-11a
    • Healthy Kids Running Series – Sundays from April 23-May 21 from 1p-3p at Westlake Recreation Center
    • Parade the Circle – Saturday, June 10 at Wade Oval in University Circle
      • Shifts include 10:30a-1p and 1p-4:30p
    • Employment Opportunity – contact Jennifer ( to learn more about the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center summer intern position that is open
    • Car Seat Recycling Day – contact Rachel ( to come help
      • Thursday, March 30 from 8a-2p (come at any time!) at Walton Hills Garage
      • Need help tearing apart car seats for recycling
    • Safe Kids/Safe Communities meeting magnet – please look for in the mail

Thank you to Euclid Police Department and EHS Culinary Program for hosting the meeting and making and serving us a delicious lunch! Thanks to everyone that came out to the meeting!

See you all at the May Meeting in Brook Park!

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