Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Injury prevention at Penn State Children's Hospital

Community outreach is a key component of our mission at Penn State Children’s Hospital. We help improve the health of our community by supporting local organizers and educators.

A young customer buys a bushel of peaches at the Hershey Farmers Market.

Programs and education

From anti-bullying programs to the farmers market, we promote wellness in the community programs and classes through a variety of initiatives.

Contact us

To learn more about our community outreach efforts, contact 717-531-4413.

Injury prevention

Our Pediatric Injury Prevention Program and Safe Kids Dauphin County work to prevent the number and severity of childhood injuries through education and advocacy.

Programs include:

  • Child safety seat inspection stations
  • Bike and sport safety
  • Safe Sitter, a babysitter training class

Educators in the program can also present on a variety of safety and injury prevention topics at school or community events.

PRO Wellness Center

Part of the Penn State College of Medicine, the PRO Wellness Center is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to live healthier lives through exercise and proper nutrition. Through the Kohl’s Healthy Champions Program, the center partners with schools to prevent obesity. Participants are recognized as champions and are equipped with resources to practice good nutrition and active living.

Center for Protection of Children

The Center for the Protection of Children brings together a team of pediatricians, researchers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, and bioethicists to conduct child abuse research, education, and advocacy. The center operates a clinic for the medical and mental health needs of vulnerable children and runs the Look Out for Child Abuse website, which includes Pennsylvania's only web-based tool for reporting suspected abuse.

Shaken baby syndrome prevention

The Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program works to eliminate a severe form of child abuse, shaken baby syndrome (SBS), that can lead to brain damage or death. Our nurse coordinators provide Pennsylvania State Nurses Association-approved SBS training to all children's and birthing hospitals and free-standing birth centers in Pennsylvania.