CSN eNewsletter

May 7, 2024

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Note from Our Director

Dear Partners, 


We at Children's Safety Network (CSN) are excited to share several new resources. 


CSN published an infographic and a fact sheet on injury and violence disparities between lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, or other non-heterosexual (LGBQ+) and heterosexual youth. These resources provide information on disparities in injury and violence between these groups and risk and protective factors. 


We also published a journal article authored by CSN and the CSN Economics Data Analysis Resource Center on injury and fatality risks for child pedestrians and cyclists on public roads. Published in April in the peer-reviewed journal Injury Epidemiology, the article uses fatal and nonfatal crash data to examine risk factors for police-reported pedestrian and cyclist injuries on public roads among infants, children, and adolescents aged 0–9 and 10–19. 


In anticipation of National Mental Health Awareness Month, CSN released two episodes of a suicide prevention podcast that feature Children’s Safety Now Alliance members Shelby Rowe, Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Executive Director and Bina Ali, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Research Scientist. These episodes focus on data and cultural approaches to youth suicide and self-harm prevention. More information can be found below. 


Later this month, we will host two webinars. The first is our fifth State Technical Assistance Webinar, QI 101: Leveraging Existing Data to Inform Injury Prevention Efforts, which will focus on how to identify and access national, state, and local data to inform child safety work. The second webinar is our annual Child Safety Learning Collaborative Webinar, where states will share how they developed partnerships to reach quality improvement goals. 


Additional resources related to child safety and injury prevention are provided in the newsletter below, with those from our CSN-A partners highlighted in purple. 


Please widely share these resources with your networks. 



Jennifer Leonardo 

New CSN Suicide Prevention Podcast Episodes

Many parents and health practitioners are concerned about the issue of suicide among young people. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, trailing only unintentional injuries. There is no one single risk factor for youth suicide. Rather, a host of risk factors, including depression and other mental illnesses, substance use, social isolation, and historical trauma all contribute to suicide risk.  

Suicide prevention practitioners, including the Title V agencies that CSN works with, often turn to protective factors to lower the risk of suicide within a community. Building cultural connections and fostering cultural identity are two powerful approaches, especially in communities that experience higher than average suicide risk because of historical oppression, underinvestment, or prejudice.  


Effective mental health and suicide prevention programs are essential for this generation of young people. CSN has been helping community- and state-level practitioners better understand their data, needs, and opportunities around youth suicide prevention. In the "Trends in Youth Suicide Prevention in the U.S." podcast episode, Maria Katradis, a CSN training and technical assistance specialist, Child Safety Learning Collaborative Co-Manager, and suicide and self-harm prevention and poisoning prevention content specialist, and Bina Ali, a research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Evaluation and active Children's Safety Now Alliance member, discuss this child safety issue.  


In the "Culture and Context in Youth Suicide Prevention" podcast episode, Jennifer Leonardo, CSN director, speaks with Shelby Rowe. Shelby is the director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, an active member of the Children's Safety Now Alliance, and a frequent speaker on the issue of youth suicide prevention. Shelby is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, a bead artist, and a mother of three. She is also a suicide survivor. Shelby discusses the important role that culture can play in suicide prevention and shares some examples of promising collaborative practices from the field. 


'Boys are Disappearing' from Mental Health Care as Signs of Depression Go Undetected | NBC News

CPSC Warns that Narcotics and Water Beads Are Growing Risks Facing Young Children | U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Delta-8, An Unregulated Form of THC, is Popular Among High School Students | NPR

More Kids are Dying of Drug Overdoses. Could Pediatricians Do More to Help? | NPR

Serious Child Injuries from Lawn Mowers | The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center

Where's the Narcan? At Pharmacies Across the U.S., the OTC Antidote Can be Hard to Find | NBC News


National Heatstroke Prevention Day | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

May 1, 2024

Bicycle Safety Month | NHTSA

May 1-31, 2024

National Adolescent Health Month | Office of Population Affairs

May 1-31, 2024

National Mental Health Month | Youth.gov

May 1-31, 2024

National Water Safety Month | Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

May 1-31, 2024

National Prevention Week | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

May 12-18, 2024

International Water Safety Day | International Water Safety Foundation

May 15, 2024

Sleep Baby Safe: From Campaign to Conversation Webinar | Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin

May 15, 2024

2:00PM-3:30PM ET

State Technical Assistance Webinar 5: QI 101 - Leveraging Existing Data to Inform Injury Prevention Efforts | CSN

May 16, 2024

2:00PM-3:00PM ET

The Child Safety Learning Collaborative: Using Quality Improvement to Accelerate Your Work | CSN

May 22, 2024

1:00PM-2:00PM ET


National Safety Month | National Safety Council

June 1-30, 2024

Safe States Annual Injury and Violence Prevention Conference | Safe States Alliance

August 20-22, 2024



School Health Profiles | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

School Threat Assessment Toolkit | National Center for School Safety

The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Learning Module | Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center

Health Equity

Injury and Violence Disparities between LGBQ+ and Heterosexual Youth Infographic | CSN

Injury and Violence Disparities between LGBQ+ and Heterosexual Youth Fact Sheet | CSN

Motor Vehicle Traffic Safety

Roads for All, Safety for Some: Addressing Inequities in Traffic Fatalities Through Law and Policy | The Network for Public Health Law

Poisoning Prevention

Water Beads: Harmful if Swallowed, Put in Ears | American Academy of Pediatrics

Rural and Farm Safety

Rural Unintentional Injury Prevention Toolkit | Rural Health Information Hub

Substance Misuse Prevention

Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain | National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

SAMHSA Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit | SAMHSA

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Prevention

Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Myths and Facts | National Institute for Children's Health Quality

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Beyond Numbers: Navigating Data and Suicide Prevention | SPRC


Child Passenger Safety

In-Person and Telehealth Behavioral Skills Training to Reduce Child Restraint System Misuse | Journal of Organizational Behavior Management

Child Pedestrian Safety

Injury and Fatality Risks for Child Pedestrians and Cyclists on Public Roads | CSN

Prevalence of Vision Zero Action Plans or Strategies: USA, 2021 | Injury Prevention

Firearm Safety

Examining Media Reports of Pediatric Unintentional Firearm Injury Deaths for Prevention Messaging Concerning Secured Storage of Firearms: U.S., 2021-2022 | Injury Epidemiology

Receptivity of Providing Firearm Safety Storage Devices to Parents Along with Firearms Safety Education | Frontiers in Public Health


Pediatric Lawn Mower-Related Injuries and Contributing Factors for Bystander Injuries | Injury Epidemiology

The Injury Prevention Program to Reduce Early Childhood Injuries: A Cluster Randomized Trial | Pediatrics

Health Equity

Associations Between Early Child Adversity and Lifetime Suicide Attempts Among Gender Diverse Individuals: A Moderated Mediation | Child Abuse & Neglect

Community Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Promotion and Population Level-Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Study | Midwifery

Online Racial Discrimination, Suicidal Ideation, and Traumatic Stress in a National Sample of Black Adolescents | JAMA Psychiatry

Race, Rurality, and Suicidality in Children and Adolescents | American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Surveillance Methods and Interventions Implemented in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities to Increase Child Restraint Device and Seat Belt Use in Motor Vehicles: A Systematic Review | Injury Prevention

Heatstroke in Cars Prevention

Understanding Parent and Caregiver Perceptions of Paediatric Vehicular Hyperthermia: Implications for Public Health Messaging from a Pilot Study | Injury Prevention

Off-Road Vehicles Safety

Limitations in the Field of Vision of Young Operators of Utility All-Terrain Vehicles | Journal of Safety Research

Substance Misuse Prevention

Adolescent Δ8-THC and Marijuana Use in the US | JAMA

Biomarker Assessment of Nicotine Exposure Among Adolescent E-Cigarette Users: 2018–2019 | Pediatrics

Disposable E-Cigarette Use and Subsequent Use Patterns in Adolescents and Young Adults | Pediatrics

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

Mental Well-Being Among Adversity-Exposed Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic | JAMA Network Open

Mitigating Mental Health and Wellbeing Challenges among Young Populations: A Scan of Youth-Led Initiatives Across Canada to Inform Psychosocial Program Development | Children and Youth Services Review

Trends in Adolescent Suicide by Method in the US, 1999-2020 | JAMA Network Open

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