If you build it, will they come? Using a mobile safety centre to disseminate safety information and products to low-income urban families
ABSTRACT To examine the utilisation-related outcomes associated with visiting the Johns Hopkins CareS (Children are Safe) Mobile Safety Center (MSC), a 40-foot vehicle designed to deliver effective injury prevention interventions and education to low-income urban families.
Utilisation-related data were collected when the MSC was accessible at a community health centre and at community events from August 2004 to July 2006 in Baltimore City.
Adults bringing their child for well child care at a community health centre and MSC visitors at community events.
Low-cost safety products and free personalized educational services are provided on the MSC, which replicates a home environment and contains interactive exhibits.
Perceived benefits of visiting the MSC; products and services received.
MSC visitors (n = 83) and non-visitors (n = 127) did not differ in sociodemographic and injury-related characteristics; 96% of visitors reported learning something new as a result of their visit and 98% would recommend the MSC. During the first 2 years of operation, the MSC made 273 appearances, serving 6086 people. Home child safety products accounted for 71% of the 559 products distributed; educational materials made up 87% of the 7982 services received. Car safety seats accounted for 23% of the products distributed; installations made up 4% of the services received.
This approach to disseminating injury prevention interventions holds promise for enhancing the appeal of safety information and increasing the protection of children.
- SourceAvailable from: Anita A Kumar1 12/2010; Johns Hopkins University.
- Injury Prevention 11/2011; 17(6):431. DOI:10.1136/injuryprev-2011-040219 · 1.94 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To assess the effectiveness of a mobile injury prevention vehicle (mobile safety street [MSS]) with a hands-on curriculum on instruction and retention of safety knowledge compared with traditional classroom safety curriculum among grade 5 elementary school children. Grade 5 students (n = 1,692) were asked to participate in the study as either the intervention group (MSS experience) or the comparison group (traditional classroom safety curriculum). Each student in the intervention group was asked to complete a series of three surveys. The first survey was given before the MSS visit (Fall 2009), the second immediately following the MSS visit (Fall 2009), and a third given 6 months after the MSS visit (Spring 2010) to measure knowledge retention. Students in the comparison group were asked to complete two surveys. The first survey was given at the same time as the intervention group (Fall 2009) and the second was given after the completion of the traditional classroom safety curriculum (Spring 2010). Students scored on average 5.67 of 10 (5.56-5.80) before any safety instruction was given. After MSS instruction, mean scores showed a significant increase to 7.43 of 10 (7.16-7.71). Such increase was still measurable 6 months after the intervention 7.34 (7.04-7.66). The comparison group saw a significant increase in their mean scores 6.48 (6.10-6.89), but the increase was much smaller than the intervention group. Community-based injury prevention programs are essential to reducing preventable injury and deaths from trauma. This study demonstrates that a hands-on program is more effective than traditional methods for providing safety knowledge.The Journal of trauma 11/2011; 71(5 Suppl 2):S505-10. DOI:10.1097/TA.0b013e31823a49bc · 2.96 Impact Factor