The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Atlanta (Injury Free Atlanta) is housed in the Injury Prevention Program at Grady Health System's Grady Memorial Hospital, home to the region's premier Level I trauma center. The population served by Grady Health System is largely minority (over 90% African-American) and indigent (approximately 75% insured by Medicaid). Approximately 60,000 emergency room visits are made to Hughes Spalding each year, as well as over 10,000 appointment visits to primary and sub-specialty clinics. The primary objective of Injury Free Atlanta is to reduce the number of injuries among our pediatric population. This objective is accomplished by the development and delivery of community and hospital-based injury prevention programs, including:

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Elizabeth Williams, MPH, MCHES
Manager, Injury Prevention and Trauma Research
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Atlanta
Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
PO Box 26178
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Mapping address: 80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303


We are currently the only site in Georgia for the national program Injury Free Coalition for Kids®. As a member site of this national program, we are required to:
  • Develop a local injury surveillance system,
  • Coordinate a local injury prevention coalition,
  • Educate communities about injury prevention,
  • Develop safe environments and safe activities for children, and
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the interventions with ongoing surveillance.
  • Activities conducted as a member site of this national program include injury surveillance, injury prevention activities (educational programs and safety product distribution) designed to lower risks of injury to infants, children, and adolescents, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of these injury prevention activities. Participants in our programs are primarily parents/guardians/caregivers of infants, children, and adolescents.

    Occupant Safety Program This program provides car safety seats and training to new and expectant mothers in the Grady Health System. In addition, the program and staff regularly participate in many collaborative events, including community car safety seat checks. The department currently has six nationally certified car safety seat technicians.

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    Maneesha Agarwal, MD

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    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    Dr. Maneesha Agarwal is an assistant professor in pediatrics and emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She received her undergraduate and medical school degrees at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill followed by pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She is passionate about injury prevention, and her previous work encompasses multiple fields including poisoning prevention, child passenger safety, teen driving, firearm safety, consumer product safety, and adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Agarwal enjoys research, advocacy, education, and mentoring the next generation of injury prevention leaders. She co-founded the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Injury Prevention Program (CHIPP) and serves as the pediatrics expert for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory.

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    Terri McFadden-Garden, MD

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    Co-Principal Investigator

    Dr. McFadden is a General Pediatrician and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Emory University School of Medicine. She serves as Medical Director of Primary Care at the Hughes Spalding campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she sees patients and teaches medical students, pediatric residents and allied health students. She is also the Director of primary care initiatives with the Emory Department of Pediatrics PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health program. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. McFadden is the Co- Medical Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK)-Atlanta childhood injury prevention program and she has served in this role for almost 25 years. She also serves as Medical Director of the Georgia Coalition of Reach Out and Read. Her academic and professional interests include comprehensive care for the underserved, breastfeeding promotion, childhood injury prevention, preschool literacy promotion, and medical education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College and a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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