What is a Local Chapter of the Ohio SAFE KIDS Coalition?
A local Ohio SAFE KIDS (OSK) Chapter is a broad based group of community members and agencies working toward the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries in their communities.
OSK Chapters target leading causes of death and disability to children ages 14 and under. These include motor vehicle injuries (including children as occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists); drowning; fire and burns; suffocation; choking; unintentional firearm; falls; and poisonings.
What is the Difference between a Chapter and a Coalition?
Coalitions sign a contract with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign (NSKC) after an intensive community planning and organization process. The group must agree to the minimum coalition requirements set forth by the NSKC.
The minimum requirements for a Coalition are much more extensive than for a Chapter. Chapters, unlike Coalitions, sign an agreement with the Ohio SAFE KIDS Coalition. They receive information, have access to discounted materials and learn about funding opportunities through OSK.
Chapters do not have a direct relationship with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.
Chapters are formed only in areas without an existing SAFE KIDS Coalition to eliminate competition and encourage collaboration.