To Improve health outcomes & prevent injuries among children (0-18 years of age within Collier County.
To facilitate and implement programs to combat childhood obesity, prevent childhood drowning and reduce SIDS.
Recognizing that accidental injuries and other health and safety issues require a coordinated approach, 50 child-serving non-profit, government service and business providers joined efforts in 2010 to create The NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County (the Coalition). The Coalition provides these organizations the conduit to bring programs and services together, to face issues and identify solutions as a team.
The Coalition is a data driven organization. The Coalition has developed partnerships with agencies currently responsible for the mortality and morbidity data collection such as the District Twenty Medical Examiner Collier County, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Bureau of Vital Statistics Florida Department of Health to prioritize injury and heath related areas to be addressed.
The three leading injury and heath related areas being addressed by the Coalition are:
- SUIDS/Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths
- Childhood Obesity
According to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages one to four and suffocation (sleep related death) is the leading cause of death for children less than 1 year of age in Collier County.
The Coalition has developed strong drowning prevention and safe sleep initiatives.