Evaluation Activities to Strengthen an Injury Prevention Resource Center for Urban Families

Eileen M. McDonald, Andrea C. Gielen, Lara B. Trifiletti, John S. Andrews, Janet R. Serwint, Modena E H Wilson

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The Johns Hopkins Children’s Safety Center (CSC) is a unique health care provider and patient education resource that elevates the attention injury prevention receives in a medical setting and reduces barriers to injury prevention experienced by low-income, urban families, the Center’s priority population. This article describes the CSC’s development, implementation, and selected elements of its evaluation. Because evaluation has played an important role in the CSC from its inception through its implementation and sustainability, three evaluation activities are described: process evaluation to monitor activity, impact evaluation to understand its effects on parents’ safety behaviors, and qualitative interviews with CSC visitors and non-visitors to enhance services. Implications of each evaluation activity are described and recommendations are made for strengthening the CSC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • evaluation
  • health education
  • injury prevention
  • low-income families
  • urban health


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