Preventable injuries are the number one killer and cause of hospitalization

Second Annual National Injury Prevention Day is Thursday, November 18

While the world continues to address issues surrounding COVID-19 and the rise in deaths due to the delta variant, the number one killer and reason people age one to 44 are hospitalized – injuries and violence – remain major concerns for healthcare professionals and community advocates.

“Many of these injuries are preventable with the use of safety practices, products, and the implementation of strong legislative policies,” explains Hennepin Healthcare’s Injury Prevention Specialist Julie Philbrook, RN, who says that every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined.

“That’s just one of the reasons why we’re joining other top injury and violence prevention organizations to raise awareness for the second annual National Injury Prevention Day this Thursday.”

Hennepin Healthcare is a member of the National Injury Free Coalition for Kids and will be joining forces with more than 40 other affiliated sites to mark National Injury Prevention Day on Thursday, November 18. As a nationally verified Level I Trauma Center for Pediatrics, Hennepin Healthcare is committed to the treatment and prevention of childhood injuries – the leading cause of death and disability to US children from one to 18 years old.

The Level I Trauma Center, along with other trauma centers and community advocates across the country, will use this platform to educate families and community leaders about ways to develop safer environments and provide tools to ensure that safety comes first so that injuries do not come second. Local and state government representatives will be challenged to acknowledge these concerns and make efforts to prioritize injury prevention.

At 12:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday the public is invited to take part in a live national conversation about the country’s top injury and violence concerns during a one-hour Twitter chat using the hashtag #BeInjuryFree  @injuryFreeKids. Later in the evening, several landmarks, businesses and monuments have indicated that they will shine a green light to raise awareness about the need the need for change. In Minneapolis, the following are scheduled to be lit up Green for Safety:

  • US Bank Stadium
  • 35 W Bridge
  • Lowry Bridge
  • Nicollet Mall
  • Capella Tower

“Sometimes we take safety for granted, and it’s up to all of us to make sure it’s at the forefront of what we do – for our kids and our families,” says Philbrook. “If taking a day to pause and focus on injury prevention saves even one life – it’s worth every effort.”

For more information on the events Hennepin Healthcare has planned to raise awareness about injury prevention day go to National Injury Prevention Day – Hennepin Healthcare.

Hennepin Healthcare is creating an equitable vision for the future of health care

Minnesota’s premier trauma, wellness, and safety net health system seeking community input

Hennepin Healthcare is conducting a community engagement and planning process that will lead to a bold new strategy for a more just and equitable healthcare experience in Hennepin County and beyond.

 “We are inviting our community of patients, team members, and neighbors to help us create the future of Hennepin Healthcare,” said CEO Jennifer DeCubellis. “Health care is at a crossroads right now and Hennepin Healthcare faces decisions about its physical facilities that can no longer be deferred. We’ve been here for more than 130 years and now is the right time for our community to help us reimagine how we can provide care to improve outcomes and address inequities, and provide better value, access, and community benefit for the next 100 years.”

Community wisdom means that the lived experiences of patients, team members, families, neighbors, and community-at-large will inform how Hennepin Healthcare continues to care for people in the ways they need and want to seek and receive care.

“It is important for us to partner on developing health care services and facilities that are not only ‘for us’ but also ‘by us’. Working together will get us to the goal of eliminating health inequities in our community,” said Chief Health Equity Officer Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM.

To bring the voices of the community into the planning process, patients, team members, neighbors, and the broader community have been participating in interviews, visioning sessions, creative conversations, community pop ups and a survey.

A virtual community forum is scheduled for Sept. 16, from 11:30 – 1 PM. This event is open to all and registration is at

The healthcare system is actively listening to the voices of the community to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive and responsive plan. Partners with deep local trust and Minnesota roots are working alongside the system to build the vision for the future. Imagine Deliver, a highly respected local design firm, is working with Hennepin Healthcare on the community engagement phase and the results will inform development of a business strategy and an integrated vision of how the system’s presence will be a transformative anchoring point for health equity in our community.

To learn more and stay informed, visit the Our Future website at

About Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes the hospital and outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center downtown and a network of clinics in several Minneapolis neighborhoods and the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. The system includes the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and Hennepin Healthcare Foundation. It is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.