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Make Safe HappenTM App, Most Recent Impact of the Center for Injury Research and Policy


(From the February 2015 Issue of Research Now)

As part of Nationwide Insurance’s innovative Make Safe Happen™ program, the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital developed a mobile app to help families make their homes safer. The Make Safe Happen™ app provides parents and caregivers with room-by-room safety checklists and links to purchase safety products for their homes. It also allows those parents and caregivers to set reminders and track their progress in making their homes safer.

The Make Safe Happen™ app became available for free on iOS and Android systems in January 2015.

Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's, decided to create the app after becoming the mother of triplets. While Dr. McKenzie had devoted her career to childhood injury research and prevention, it wasn't until she became a parent herself, that she realized how challenging creating a safe home could be for a busy family. The Make Safe Happen™ makes this challenge easier by providing tips to families, recommending types of products best suited to their homes, and encouraging them along the way.

Make Safe Happen™ is a national program from Nationwide Insurance addressing the leading cause of death among children in the United States, preventable injury. The Make Safe Happen™ app is dedicated to making homes safer for children and was built with the knowledge and commitment of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Injury Research and Policy, and is funded by a grant from the Nationwide Foundation with additional financial support from Nationwide Insurance.

For more information about the Make Safe Happen™ app, visit the app home page.

To learn more about the Make Safe Happen™ initiative and to download the app, please visit

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