Welcome to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Indianapolis homepage!

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Indianapolis is a partnership of institutions, government agencies, organizations, and community members who are dedicated to preventing childhood injury in Indiana communities. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Riley Hospital for Children-Clarian Health Partners, and other generous benefactors concerned about the health and safety of Indiana's children provide funding for IFCK-Indianapolis.

The coalition is housed within the programs of the Kiwanis-Riley Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center serving the children of Indiana. Current partners in the coalition include:

  • Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO)
  • NESCO community members
  • Community Education and Child Advocacy-Riley Hospital for Children
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Indianapolis Fire Department
  • Indianapolis Geographic Information Services
  • Indianapolis Parks and Recreation
  • Indianapolis Safe Kids
  • Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation
  • Methodist Health Promotions--Clarian Health Partners
  • Think First for Kids
  • Wishard Ambulance Service

We will continue to add appropriate collaborative partners as we target other childhood injuries and expand our scope to include other communities.

Community Overview

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Indianapolis is focusing our initial work in the NESCO (Near Eastside Community Organization) communities of Indianapolis after a preliminary analysis of injury surveillance data indicated that this area had high childhood injury rates. NESCO is a diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic neighborhood. Thirty-three percent of NESCO families with children under the age of 18 live below the poverty level while 40.1% of families with children under the age of 5 live below the poverty level. While NESCO neighborhoods confront many of the issues found in inner-city neighborhoods with high poverty rates, the NESCO neighborhoods also have many assets. Empowered community organizations with a history of community activism and volunteerism coupled with active faith-based institutions contribute to a sense of pride and community spirit in the neighborhoods. IFCK-Indianapolis and NESCO are building on these community assets as we collaborate on strategies to decrease childhood injuries.


A preliminary review of injury surveillance data, community interviews, and environmental assessments have identified the following issues as a concern for the community: bicycle injuries; pedestrian injuries; motor vehicle injuries; fires; and lack of safe places for children to play. Initial interventions will focus on these issues. In addition, we will continue to expand and refine local injury surveillance systems as we coordinate data sources.

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Contact Info

If you are interested in working with us to improve the safety of our communities or if you wish further information, please contact the program coordinator, Dawn Daniels, by e-mail or phone.

L.R. "Tres" Scherer, III, M.D. lscherer@iupui.edu

Joseph O'Neil, M.D. joeoneil@iupui.edu

Dawn M. Daniels, PhD, RN dmdaniels@iuhealth.org