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Injury Prevention Program

Telephone:   610-437-7598

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

All programs offered by the Health Bureau's Injury Prevention program are free of charge.

In addition to the services listed below, the Health Bureau also performs educational and prevention activities concerning:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Prescription Safety and Medication Disposal
  • Heroin & Opioid Overdose Issues
  • Suicide Prevention

Besides the programs listed on this page, presentations regarding any injury prevention topic area are available to organizations and groups upon request.

To learn more about any of the services listed on the page, or to obtain Injury Prevention services, please email InjuryPrevention@AllentownPA.gov, or call us at 610.437.7598.

Programs for Children & Families

Car Seat Safety Program

For City of Allentown residents only. For caregivers with children who require a car seat, the Health Bureau can help individuals obtain an appropriate car seat and will assist the family in correctly installing the car seat in their vehicle. We also provide additional education regarding child restraints and traffic safety, in general.

In addition, the Health Bureau hosts car seat check events throughout the year, where anyone can sing-up to have their seats inspected. The Health Bureau also checks car seats by appointment.

Safe Sleep Program

For Allentown residents only. For caregivers with children under the age of two, who have no safe sleep location in their home. The Health Bureau can help individuals obtain a crib and will provide safe sleep education to reduce the child's risk for sleep-related death.

Safe & Healthy Home Program

For residents of Lehigh, Northampton (excluding City of Bethlehem residents), Northumberland, Montour, Carbon, and Schuykill counties. For pregname women or caregivers with children in the home under the age of 18, who quality for any type of government financial assistance.

The goal of the program is to identify injury hazards in the homes of families with children, and distribute prevention supplies to mitigate these hazards. Home injury is one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death for young children. A home visit is scheduled with the client to go through the home and identify risks related to fire, falls, window & furniture safety, pest & rodent problems, poison hazards, and other safety issues. As potential hazards are identified, the home visitor will provide recommendations and education about how to correct the hazard, and the client is given safety supplies, such as smoke and CO detectors, child proofing devices, cleaning supplies, pest management supplies, and other items to reduce or eliminate hazards in the home.

Pedestrian Safety - "Think Safe, Walk Smart"

For kindergarten through 3rd Grade students in Allentown. The Health Bureau conducts 15-minute, interactive classroom presentations for students concerning pedestrian safety and the dangers involved with cars and crossing the street. The presentation covers traffic lights and signs, looking both ways when crossing the street, and allows the children to interact with pretend roadway and street sings in a safe manner.

Parents in the Know

For parents and caregivers of children, in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council, the Health Bureau facilitates classes aimed at parents to help them identify the signs associated with child maltreatment and potential abuse. The classes are weekly for 4 weeks, and are held at community sites in the City.

Programs for Seniors

Matter of Balance

For individuals aged 60 and older. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week class that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Classes are hosted at community sites around the City.

Senior Home Safety Visitation Program

For Allentown residents aged 55 and older. The Health Bureau will conduct safety survey visits, upon request, in the homes of older (55+) or physically challenged adults to identify and eliminate hazards that could lead to injuries. The home visitor can also provide the occupant with supplies to help prevent injuries, such as smoke and CO detectors, anti-slip tub mats, pill containers, and flash lights.

CarFit

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check ho well their personal vehicles "fit" them. It also provides information and materials regarding community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community. At a CarFit event, a team of trained technicians and health professionals work with each participant to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. These events are held in community sites around the City.

STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Took Kit

For healthcare providers. The STEADI Took Kit includes basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters, and standardized gait and balance assessment tests (with instructional videos). In addition, there are educational handouts about fall prevention, specifically designed for patients and their friends an family. These kits are available upon request.