Injury Prevention

Keeping Our Children Safe


As a collaboration between UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the injury prevention program is based out of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The program focuses on collaborating with our community to improve the health and safety of the children. 


Our injury prevention specialists work with communities to identify areas of risk and implement initiatives to meet the unique needs of pediatric patients. Through the development of interactive programs, our goal is to reduce injury and to keep our children and communities thriving.

Educational Resources

Our team assists in providing educational resources on a variety of general safety and prevention topics for both parents and children. Explore these safety tips to help prevent unintentional childhood injury or death.

Meet the team

Mary E. Aitken, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dan L Duncan Distinguished University Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Sandra L. McKay, MD

Sandra L. McKay, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Melissa Kwan, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Marisol Nieves, LCSW

Injury Prevention and Outreach Education Coordinator

Community Outreach

National Injury Prevention Day

National Injury Prevention Day is a day that aims to raise awareness of the impacts of unintentional injuries that are often preventable and predictable. The purpose of this day is to inform the public on how to avoid such injuries. UTHealth Houston was able to provide safety resources to over 260 individuals on topics relating to child passenger safety, suicide prevention, poison control, firearm safety, and sleep safety.

National Injury Prevention Month

The injury prevention team participates in many community events to raise awareness during National Injury Prevention Month providing resources and education about injury prevention. We provide information about car seat safety, firearm locks, safe sleep, suicide prevention, and poison control.