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Safe Community Springfield


Name of Community: Springfield, Missouri
Country: United States of America
Number of Inhabitants: 150,298
Programme Started Year: 2006 (1976 Safety Council of the Ozarks)
International Safe Communities Network Membership: Designation year: 2007
Info address: www.nscozarks.org
Full application report:

For Further Information Contact:
Debora S. Biggs
Executive Director
Safety Council of the Ozarks
1111 South Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65804
001-417-869-2121 FAX: 001-417-869-2133
E-Mail: dbiggs@nscozarks.org
http://www.nscozarks.org (Safety Council of the Ozarks website)www.nscozarks.org
http://springfield.missouri.org/ (City of Springfield, Missouri website)

THE PROGRAMME COVERS THE FOLLOWING SAFETY PROMOTION ACTIVITIES:
FOR THE AGE GROUP:

Children, 0-14 years:

  • Babysitting Basics
  • Basic Pellet Gun and Archery.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Elementary school based traffic safety curriculum, Buckle Up stencil for parking lot.
  • Building Blocks (targets birth to 5 yrs): helps low-income, first-time mothers develop effective parenting skills and more resilient families.
  • Caring Communities (targets k-5th grades): programs focus on six core results (Parents Working, Children and Families Safe, Young Children Ready to Enter School, Children Succeeding in School, Children and Family Healthy, Youth Ready to Enter Productive Adulthood).
  • Car Seat (installation)/Seat Belt Safety Programs.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention group for teen boys.
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.): focuses on fifth grade students.
  • Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for Children.
  • Families and Schools Together (FAST): unique multi-family group approach for the prevention of substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, school failure, abuse and neglect and mental health problems.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Project.
  • Girl Scouts Programs focusing on Cookie Sale Safety, Positive Power (relationship and dating safety programs), Together We Prepare (prepared in times of disaster), various safety badges.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • Hunter Education (age 11 and up).
  • Infant Safety Education and Awareness Programs.
  • McGruff School Safety Program.
  • Parents as Teachers (targets birth to 5 yrs).
  • Safe Cribs.

 

  • Safe Kids Boot Camp: a summer education activity for 4th
    grade students teaching safety topics related to bicycles, seat belts, water, home, fire, etc.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative: promotes
    comprehensive, integrated, community-wide strategies with the goal of fostering school safety and health your development.
  • School Crossing Protection Committee: a group of community representatives responsible for school crossing protection, school traffic safety and safe construction of school sidewalks.
  • School Safety education programs for Home Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Bike Safety, Fire Prevention, Poison Prevention and Water Safety.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Programs and Community Awareness Seminars.
  • Summer Day Camps, After School Programs, Outdoor Initiatives and other youth activities providing a safe and secure environment for children.
  • Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence.
  • Walking School Bus.
  • Walk This Way Pedestrian Safety Program.
  • Wonder Years Title 1 Pre-Kindergarten Program (targets birth to 5 yrs).

Youth, 15-24 years:

  • Adolescent Diversion Education Program.
  • Alcohol Responsibility and Awareness Panel: victim impact panel for DWI offenders.
  • Alive at 25: Interactive program for the high-risk driver between the ages of 16-24.
  • Behind the Wheel Driver’s Education for high school driver’s education classes.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Battle of the Belt, high school based safety belt awareness program, Buckle Up stencil for parking lot.
  • Community and School CPR and AED Courses.
  • Defensive Driving Course: driving skills, habits, rules of the road, defensive driving techniques.
  • Defensive Driving Course-Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving: Emphasizes personal responsibility and control related to everyday driving habits of the aggressive driver and habitual speeder.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention group for teen boys.
    Drinking and Driving Docu-Drama Programs for High Schools.
    DWI education program for high school driver’s education classes.
  • Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for Children.
  • Family Guide to Teen Driving Program.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Project.
  • Girl Scouts Programs focusing on Cookie Sale Safety, Positive Power (relationship and dating safety programs), Together We Prepare (prepared in times of disaster), various safety badges, babysitting safety.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • Hunter Education.
  • Infant Safety & CPR Demonstration Classes.
  • Mental Illness education programs and support groups.
    Minor Awareness Program: designed to address the problem of underage drinking.
  • Rape Awareness Program.
  • Responsibility and Awareness Panel: Victim impact panel for non-alcohol traffic offenders.
  • Risky Business (youth driving/safety/prevention program).
    Safe Cribs.
  • School Crossing Protection Committee: a group of community representatives responsible for school crossing protection, school traffic safety and safe construction of school sidewalks.



  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Programs and Community Awareness Seminars.
  • Shooting Sports Programs.
  • Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program: education and treatment services for individuals arrested for alcohol and drug related traffic offenses.
  • Summer Day Camps, After School Programs, Outdoor Initiatives and other youth activities providing a safe and secure environment for children.
  • Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence.
  • Underage Drinking Task Force.
  • Young Traffic Offenders Program.

Targets 6th through 12th grades:

  • Drug prevention clubs--help students advocate for healthy choices, especially ones that avoid tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.
  • Guiding Good Choices--seeks to reduce the occurrence of substance abuse among teens by teaching parents effective family management and communication skills before their
    children enter adolescence.
  • Peer Mediation-- assist students by using a problem solving process that helps clarify the nature of the dispute and reach a solution satisfactory to all disputants.
  • School Based Clinicians-- work to prevent problems from becoming a crisis that can disrupt a school community.
  • Student Assistance Program-- provides confidential, non-judgmental early intervention for students with academic and/or behavior warning signs that are interfering with school achievement. Specific school interventions, possible substance abuse, assessment, or other social agency referrals may be offered as options to address the student behaviors.
  • Teen Parent Program-- provides services for pregnant and parenting teens.
  • Truancy Court-- designed to combat truancy and improve attendance, academics, and behavior of the students involved.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative – promotes comprehensive, integrated, community-wide strategies with the goal of fostering school safety and healthy youth development.
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Programs.

Adults, 25-64 years:

  • Adult Drug Court and Family Drug Court: education and treatment services for adults and adults who have children who have been arrested for alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses.
  • Alcohol Responsibility and Awareness Panel: victim impact panel for DWI offenders.
  • AMA Physician Guidelines for Older Drivers – presentation to provide physicians and health care professionals with the tools they need to assess and counsel older patients on medical fitness-to-drive.
  • Anger Management education.
  • BabySense (includes baby safety and care).
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Buckle Up stencil for parking lots.
  • CarFit – quick and comprehensive check for older drivers on how well they fit in their vehicle.
  • Crime Prevention Programs.
  • Defensive Driving Course: driving skills, habits, rules of the road, defensive driving techniques.
  • Defensive Driving Course-Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving: Emphasizes personal responsibility and control related to everyday driving habits of the aggressive driver and habitual speeder.
  • DriveWell Toolkit – public information program for older driver safety and community mobility.
  • Education/information programs on safety issues related to Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Education/information programs on Home Safety, Seat Belt/Car Seat Safety.
  • Family Guide to Teen Driving Program.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • Hunter Education.
  • In Charge at Home: Self-Care Skills Family Workshop.
  • Infant Safety & CPR Demonstration Class.
  • Mental Illness education programs and support groups.
  • NHTSA Law Enforcement Module – law enforcement training module on how to work with older drivers.
  • Rape Awareness Program.
  • Responsibility and Awareness Panel: Victim impact panel for non-alcohol traffic offenders.
  • Roadwise Review – CD-ROM based program available at various locations for older drivers to check their driving abilities.
  • Safe Cribs.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Programs and Community Awareness Seminars.
  • Shooting Sports Programs.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Classes.
  • Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program: education and treatment services for individuals arrested for alcohol and drug related traffic offenses.
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Programs.
  • Traffic Advisory Board: citizen board serving in an advisory capacity and providing input on traffic issues, traffic safety and traffic regulation.

Elderly, 65+ years:

  • AARP Driver Safety Program
  • Adult Drug Court and Family Drug Court: education and treatment services for adults and adults who have children who have been arrested for alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses.
  • Alcohol Responsibility and Awareness Panel: victim impact panel for DWI offenders.
  • AMA Physician Guidelines for Older Drivers – presentation to provide physicians and health care professionals with the tools they need to assess and counsel older patients on medical fitness-to-drive.
  • Anger Management education.
  • BabySense.
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Buckle Up stencil for parking lots.
  • CarFit – quick and comprehensive check for older drivers on how well they fit in their vehicle.
  • Crime Prevention Programs.
  • Defensive Driving Course: driving skills, habits, rules of the road, defensive driving techniques.
  • Defensive Driving Course-Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving: Emphasizes personal responsibility and control related to everyday driving habits of the aggressive driver and habitual speeder.
  • DriveWell Toolkit – public information program for older driver safety and community mobility.
  • Education/information programs on safety issues
    related to Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Fall Protection Education/Information Program.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • Hunter Education.
  • Infant Safety & CPR Demonstration Class.
  • Mental Illness education programs and support groups.
  • NHTSA Law Enforcement Module – law enforcement training module on how to work with older drivers.
  • Responsibility and Awareness Panel: Victim impact panel for non-alcohol traffic offenders.
  • Roadwise Review – CD-ROM based program available at various locations for older drivers to check their driving abilities.
  • Safe Cribs.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Programs and Community Awareness Seminars.
  • Shooting Sports Programs.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Classes.
  • Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program: education and treatment services for individuals arrested for alcohol and drug related traffic offenses.
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Programs.
  • Traffic Advisory Board: citizen board serving in an advisory capacity and providing input on traffic issues, traffic safety and traffic regulation.

AT THE FOLLOWING ENVIRONMENTS:

Home:

  • BabySense (includes baby safety and care).
  • Babysitting Basics.
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
  • Crime Prevention Programs.
  • Education and information programs on methamphetamine awareness and domestic violence awareness.
  • Education/information programs on safety issues related to Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Education/Information programs on home safety, fire prevention, and poison prevention.
  • Girl Scouts Programs focusing on Positive Power (relationship and dating safety programs).
  • Together We Prepare (prepared in times of disaster), various safety badges, babysitting Safety, Staying Safe (self awareness and protection).
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • In Charge at Home: Self-Care Skills Family Workshop.
    Neighborhood Watch Programs.
  • Safe Cribs.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Community Awareness Seminar.
    Standard and Pediatrics First Aid/CPR/AED classes.
  • Home Safety programs which include childproofing and identifying potential hazards, fire prevention and poison prevention.
  • Parents as Teachers.
  • Signed Bicycle Routes: designating bike lanes and roadways as shared-roadway bike routes.
  • Underage Drinking Task Force.
  • Walking Route Maps to School for safe walking routes.

 

Traffic:

  • AARP Driver Safety Program.
  • Adolescent Diversion Education Program.
  • Adult Drug Court and Family Drug Court: education and treatment services for adults and adults who have children who have been arrested for alcohol and drug-related traffic offenses.
  • Alcohol Responsibility and Awareness Panel: victim impact panel for DWI offenders.
  • Alive at 25: Interactive program for the high-risk driver between the ages of 16-24.
  • AMA Physician Guidelines for Older Drivers – presentation to provide physicians and health care professionals with the tools they need to assess and counsel older patients on medical fitness-to-drive.
  • Behind the Wheel Drivers Education.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Elementary school based traffic safety curriculum, Battle of the Belt, high school based safety belt awareness program, Buckle Up stencil for parking lots, law enforcement grants for education and enforcement, training session for bar owners/bartenders that addresses underage drinking and driving while intoxicated.
  • CarFit – quick and comprehensive check for older drivers on how well they fit in their vehicle.
  • Click-It-or-Ticket Seatbelt Program.
  • Defensive Driving Course: driving skills, habits, rules of the road, defensive driving techniques.
  • Defensive Driving Course-Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving: Emphasizes personal responsibility and control related to everyday driving habits of the aggressive driver and habitual speeder.
  • Drinking and Driving Docu-Drama Programs for High Schools.
  • Drive Friendly: educational campaign which targets aggressive driving.
  • Drive Responsibly Education Campaign: involves a series of safety education campaigns focusing on the four highest contributing circumstances to crashes in the community.


  • DriveWell Toolkit – public information program for older driver safety and community mobility.
  • Education and information programs on seat belt/car seat safety, pedestrian safety and bike safety.


  • Family Guide to Teen Driving Program.
  • NHTSA Law Enforcement Module – law enforcement training
    module on how to work with older drivers.
  • Photo Red Light Camera Enforcement: to be implemented in 2007.
  • Respect Red: educational campaign that targets red light running.
  • Responsibility and Awareness Panel: Victim impact panel for non-alcohol traffic offenders.
  • Risky Business (youth driving/safety/prevention program).
    Roadwise Review – CD-ROM based program available at various locations for older drivers to check their driving abilities.
  • Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program: education and treatment services for individuals arrested for alcohol and drug related traffic offenses.
  • Transportation Management Center: centralized location to monitor and control 241 traffic signals within the area to improve and monitor safety.
  • Underage Drinking Task Force.
  • Young Traffic Offenders Program.

Occupational:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Buckle Up stencil for parking lots, law enforcement grants for education and enforcement, training session for bar owners/bartenders that addresses underage drinking and driving while intoxicated.
  • Crime Prevention Programs.
  • Defensive Driving Programs.
  • Defensive Driving Programs for the Professional Truck Driver.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • Mandatory reporting training.
  • Mental Illness education program.
  • Occupational Safety and Health training programs.
  • OSHAC – Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council provides networking opportunities for employees involved in occupational safety.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome: For the Health Professional.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Programs.
  • Workplace Violence Program.

School:

  • Adult School Crossing Guards: to assist walking children across streets at specific high concentrated crosswalks.
  • Behind the Wheel Drivers Education.
  • Blueprint for Safer Roadways: Elementary school based traffic safety curriculum, Battle of the Belt, high school based safety belt awareness program, Buckle Up stencil for parking lots.
  • Caring Communities.
  • Comprehensive School Safety Program and Protocol.
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education – DARE.
  • Education and information programs on pedestrian and bike safety and other safety issues.
  • Heartsaver in Schools
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families, Emergency Response Planning (pandemic and bioterrorism).
  • McGruff School Safety Program.
  • Mental Illness Education Program.
  • Parents as Teachers.
  • Safe and Civil Schools.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative – promotes comprehensive, integrated, community-wide strategies with the goal of fostering school safety and healthy youth development.
  • School Crossing Protection Committee: a group of community representatives responsible for school crossing protection, school traffic safety and safe construction of school sidewalks.
  • Special Pedestrian Signals at School Crosswalks: pedestrian countdown timers at traffic.
  • Signals/school crosswalks to insure safe crossing of streets.
  • Speed Zone Advisory Boards: fixed speed radar boards in school speed zones to insure proper speeds in school zones.
  • Stop Bullying Now – school-based violence prevention program.
  • Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence.
  • Truancy awareness education program.
  • Underage Drinking Task Force.
  • Walking Route Maps to School for safe walking routes.
  • Walking School Bus.
  • Wonder Years Title 1 Pre-Kindergarten Program.


Sports:

  • Community-wide trail system for safe walking and biking.
  • Education and information programs on dehydration.
  • GirlSports – program to learn the fundamentals and how to play safe.
  • Various education programs on hunting, fishing, canoeing and shooting sports.

 

Leisure:

  • Canoe Safety.
  • Community-wide trail system for safe walking and biking.
    Girl & Boy Scout Badgework.
  • Education and information programs on dehydration.
  • Staying Safe – self awareness and protection.
  • Various education programs on hunting, fishing, canoeing and shooting sports.

    Other: What?
  • Crime Stoppers (anonymous phone tip line).
  • Internet Crime Prevention and Traffic Education tips of the Police Department website.

Violence Prevention:

  • Anger Management Education.
  • Carepartners – Take 5!
  • Child Advocacy Center.
  • Comprehensive School Safety Program and Protocol.
    Counseling and assistance to homeless for referral to domestic violence shelters.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention group for teenage boys.
  • Family Enrichment Center and Harbor House provides a safe environment for families in need and men struggling with addictions.
  • Families And Schools Together (FAST); a unique multi-family group approach for the prevention of substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, school failure, abuse and neglect and mental health problems.
  • Health Department: Numerous health and safety related programs including Violence Free Families.
  • “Hit No More” classes & “Pathways to Change” teach anger management and improve social skills.
  • Infant Safety Education and Awareness Programs.
    Neighborhood Watch.
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
  • Parents as Teachers teen program works on stress management and referral resources to help reduce family violence.
  • Peer Mediation-- assist students by using a problem-solving process that helps clarify the nature of the dispute and reach a solution satisfactory to all disputants.
  • Positive Power – 4th grade and up; young girls learn about health friendships and what to do if they are bullied, learn healthy dating relationships, how to break the cycle of buse and learn about the different types of abuse.
  • Rape Awareness Program.
  • Safe Cribs.
  • Safe and Civil Schools.
  • Safe and Drug-free Schools—Title IV.A.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative – promotes comprehensive, integrated, community-wide strategies with the goal of fostering school safety and healthy youth development.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Community Awareness Program.
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome: For the Health Professional.
  • Staying Safe: an effective prevention program that enhances children’s feelings of self-esteem, assertiveness, problem solving and communication that will aid them in preventing abuse or recognizing the signs so they can report it.
  • Stop Bullying Now – school based violence prevention program.
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Programs.
  • Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence.

 

Suicide Prevention:

  • Counseling and assistance programs available to the homeless for placement in a psychiatric unit.
  • HEARTS: weekly support group for women and their children living in public housing.
  • Mental Illness Education Programs on Suicide Prevention.
  • ROSS: assists public housing residents towards greater independence and self-determination.
  • Safe and Drug-free Schools—Title IV.A.
  • Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Programs.


Programs aiming at “High Risk-Groups”:

  • AARP Driver Safety Program for senior adults.
  • Alive at 25: interactive program for the high-risk driver between the ages of 16-24.
  • Car seat distribution program for low-income families.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention group for teenage boys.
  • Family Enrichment Center and Harbor House provides a safe environment for families in need and men struggling with addictions.
  • HEARTS: targets female residents who live in public housing with referrals from outside agencies.
  • Infant Safety Education and Awareness Programs to protect infants from harm.
  • Injury prevention and safety presentations targeting expectant Hispanic mothers.
  • Mental Illness Education Programs for youth in detention centers and support groups Parents as Teachers: Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant; high school teen parents, and additional high-needs visits.
  • Rape Awareness Program: college students.
  • Risky Business for young drivers.
  • Safe Cribs for caregivers.
  • Task Force for Gangs and Youth Violence targeted to at-risk youth.
  • Together We Prepare: for disabled, young children, diverse languages, etc.
  • Underage Drinking Task Force: college and high school students.
  • Wonder Years Title 1 Pre-Kindergarten program: high-needs children and families that live within Title 1 attendance areas, Caring Communities family education nights, and Big
    Brothers/Big Sisters tutoring program.

SURVEILLANCE OF INJURIES:
Population base:
City of Springfield: 150,298
Metropolitan Area Population: Springfield & 5 county area
The Safety Council of the Ozarks serves most of Southern Missouri and Northwest Arkansas in the United States.

A variety of sources are used to determine injuries and program needs including the following examples:
National Safety Council Injury Facts
Missouri Traffic Safety Compendium
Annie E. Casey Foundation – Kids Count
Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Community Focus Report
Hospitalization and Emergency Room Visit Reports
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – Missouri Information for Community Assessment
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Programs are designed to reduce the risk of injury through a variety of means: education, training, awareness, activities, materials and more. Programs are evaluated regularly using the various data available.

PUBLICATIONS:
PRODUCED INFORMATION MATERIAL, PAMPHLETS:
“The SCOOP”, quarterly newsletter
“Safe Kids News”, quarterly newsletter

STAFF:
The Safety Council of the Ozarks has 8 full time employees providing support to the following departments:
▪ Administration – overall Council administration
▪ Community Education – providing information and education programs to all ages through school presentations, special planned programs, distribution of materials and more.
▪ Occupational Safety and Training – providing training and consulting services to businesses.
▪ Traffic Referral Services – working with area courts and participants by providing behavior modification programs to traffic offenders.

The Safety Council also utilizes the services of 43 contract instructors and counselors for the various programs.

ORGANIZATION:
The Safety Council of the Ozarks is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which includes representatives from business and industry, education, law enforcement, health care, government, insurance and community agencies. The mission of the Safety Council is the same as the National Safety Council: To educate and influence people to prevent accidental injury and death.

International Commitments: We have not yet participated in an International Safe Communities Conference or seminar but hope to participate in 2008.
Participation in Safe Community Conferences: As a part of the Safe Community family we would make every effort to participate in international activities whenever possible.
Hosting Safe Community Conferences: Springfield, Missouri would welcome any opportunity to host a Safe Community Conference.
Hosting Traveling Seminars: As with the conference, Springfield would welcome any opportunity to host a seminar.





 
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