The Problem: Accidental/Unintentional childhood injury

Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death among children ages 19 and under in the United States. Each year one out of every four children needs medical attention for an accidental injury. In addition, most of these unintentional injuries and deaths are preventable.

The Solution: Safe Kids

Safe Kids North East MN is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. The majority of accidental injuries can be prevented and since being founded in 1988, there has been a 55% decrease in unintentional injury rates among children 19 and under.

Safe Kids North East MN is one of over 600 state and local coalitions and chapters in the United States and in over 20 other countries of the world that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families against unintentional injuries.

Safe Kids North East MN brings together the expertise of individuals in our community who are dedicated to reducing childhood injuries. Our service area is Carlton and Southern St. Louis County. Safe Kids North East MN Coalition members include, but are not limited to: EMS, law enforcement, fire departments, service groups, childcare providers, school personnel, government agencies, city personnel, parents, both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital staff, and local police. Safe Kids North East MN is funded by Miller Dwan Foundation, Essentia Health Foundation and St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. We are also supported financially by Cloquet Area Fire District and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Human Services Division. Safe Kids North East MN is has an extensive coalition network that provides programming in the same service area covered by our lead agency, Essentia Health - Trauma Department.