Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children less than 18 years of age in Monroe County. As a result, Monroe County has made reducing unintentional childhood injuries a health priority. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester (IFCKR) is an injury prevention program whose goal is to address this health priority in our community. Centered at the University of Rochester Medical Center, IFCKR’s strength is working with community groups, governmental agencies and others to identify community concerns, develop plans to address those concerns, and implement prevention activities. By relying on the strengths of our coalition members, IFCKR is able to address community needs for injury prevention programs.
Rochester is a city of over 219,000 people, located in Monroe County, in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Monroe County is home to an additional 750,000 people, including 188,000 children under the age of 18. Rochester has a diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic population, which includes 61,000 children. The 2000 US Census for Monroe County reveals that 15.5% of children less than 18 years live below the poverty level: while in the city, the proportion is 37.5%. Since its inception in November 2003, the IFCKR has been improving the lives of local children through a variety of safety education and prevention activities. For a summary of each activity please click on the program links.