The World Health Organization Safe Community flag will fly over UNTHSC on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to recognize our contributions to Fort Worth becoming the 300th international Safe Community.
Safe Communities America, developed more than 20 years ago, aims to reduce injuries by involving community partners. Safe Communities typically have 10 percent fewer injury-related deaths than cities without the designation.
All Fort Worth organizations involved in achieving this designation have agreed to fly the Safe Community flag on Feb. 12. On our campus, it will replace our UNTHSC flag for one day on the flagpole at the Everett building’s front entrance. (In this photo, Richard Kurz, Dean of the School of Public Health, shows the flag.)
UNTHSC’s many community outreach initiatives and research projects helped Fort Worth earn the Safe Community designation. Among them is our commitment to work with the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative to prevent injuries in the community.
Other UNTHSC programs reflected in the Safe Community application include our work in domestic violence, fall prevention in the elderly, and public education on bike helmets and drug overdosing.