Office of Injury Prevention

Safe Kids of DeKalb

Safe Kids of DeKalb is led by the DeKalb County Board of Health and is part of the Safe Kids Worldwide umbrella of coalitions’ nation and worldwide addressing unintentional injuries to children under age 14 ( ).   Injury related death due to unintentional injuries remains a major public health issue. Unintentional injuries are accidental in nature and were not deliberately caused by another person with the intent to cause harm. The Safe Kids of DeKalb coalition consists of dedicated childhood injury prevention advocates who address the following issues:

  • Accidental poisoning
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Falls
  • Fire/ Burn prevention
  • Infant Safe Sleep
  • Sports and Recreational Safety
  • Water Safety/ Drowning Prevention

Our injury prevention programs target school aged children, parents, grand parents and caregivers, law enforcement, elected officials, and health care providers.  We rely on the most recent data providing up to date information on the number of children treated in the emergency room (ER), were hospitalized or died due to unintentional injuries.  If you would like more information on becoming involved with Safe Kids of DeKalb or have questions about childhood injuries please contact Brandi Whitney, Injury Prevention Coordinator, DeKalb County Board of Health, phone: 404-294-3700 or email:

Our coalition is currently recruiting childhood injury advocates who have a background in the following areas:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Public Relations/ Marketing
  • Pediatrics/health care
  • Grant writing/ Fund Development
  • Education

Unintentional Injury Topics