Safe Kids

To eliminate accidental injury and death to children.

Safe Kids Elkhart County is a coalition of comunity partners working to prevent accidental death and injury to children.  We empower families and our community to:
Educate adults & children;
Create safe environments;
Conduct research;
Advocate for more effective laws.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.

Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1987 as the National SAFE KIDS Campaign by Children's National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. There is no one device or solution to prevent effectively all types of accidental childhood injuries. Instead, Safe Kids combines several factors to create programs that reduce injuries.

Safe Kids Elkhart County began in 1991 as a coalition of public health and safety professionals and interested community volunteers to promote injury prevention through education and awareness. The mission remains the same today.

While injury is a threat to children everywhere, significant progress has been made in the Elkhart County community to reduce the risks.

This progress must continue, and the lessons learned from years of injury prevention work must be renewed, expanded and adapted to help create an overall culture of safety awareness.

By working with Safe Kids Worldwide, the Elkhart County coalition shall:

  • Engage the community and provide direct education to     children and parents to prevent accidental injuries
  • Provide lifesaving devices, such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who need them
  • Generate awareness regarding the burden of accidental injuries
  • Work with policy makers and elected officials to review and improve child safety laws and regulations
  • Encourage critical evaluations of statistics and solutions
  • Promote global corporate leadership in child safety through effective and sustainable partnerships.

    Safe Kids Elkhart County Advisory Board
    The board consists of community representatives and professionals. General membership meetings are open to the public. Committee members prepare a slate for board members and officers prior to the annual election.  The membership team will also assist committees in finding new members as requested.  It is their mission to expand agency, business, professional, and community involvement within the coalition.  For meeting times and locations, please contact Safe Kids at 523-2112.

    Safe Kids Elkhart County Board Member Officers
    Julie Dijkstra (Nappanee police chief), President
    Vicki Spicher, (INOVA VP Operations), Vice president
    Jayna Chenoweth (Elkhart County Sheriff's Department corrections officer), Treasurer & Senior Checker
    John McClure (Elkhart Community Schools Head Nurse), Secretary                                                  

    Additionally, the coalition offers several displays, presentations, and literature to the public.  Subjects include, but are not limited to: Safety at pools and open water areas, playground safety, sports injury prevention, poison prevention, railroad safety, home safety, choking prevention, safe sleep, and prevention of falls

    Coalition of the Year 1997, as named by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign 

    Indiana Child Safety Advocate Award winner, three-time recipient

    With fully executed bylaws and an active board of directors, Safe Kids received its 501(c)(3) designation in 1998 to accept charitable contributions and increase its grant attainment possibilities to continue its work for the community.

    Menessah Nelson, M.A. - Program Coordinator & CPS Technician 
    Elkhart County Health Department, Health Education Division
    608 Oakland Ave.
    Elkhart, IN  46516

  • Twitter: @SafeKidsElkhart