Safe Kids

The Safe Kids Catawba County Coalition is a part of Safe Kids International, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of accidental childhood injury- the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. Catawba Valley Medical Center is the lead agency for Safe Kids Catawba County Coalition and employs Kayla Hefner as the Coalition’s Coordinator.

The coalition has representatives from county and community agencies including but not limited to public health, fire, police and emergency medical. Educating children, parents and caregivers about safety for children is accomplished through Safe Kids’ sponsorship and participation in free community events.

  • Safety workshops for children and parents (school groups welcome)
  • Child passenger safety seat classes
  • Child passenger safety seat inspections by appointment
  • Summer Kids Corner presentations
  • N.C. Safe Kids "Buckle Up" Distribution Program
  • Medical Explorer Scouting classes and events
  • Bike rodeos
  • Health fairs
  • Safe Kids Fair hosted annually

About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

More than 600 coalitions in 15 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The organization was founded in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. Safe Kids Wordwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about any kind of programming for children or teens or to learn more about Safe Kids Catawba County, please contact Kayla Hefner at 828/485-2300, ext. 6204, or by e-mail at kshefner@catawbavalleymc.org.