Parental safety-related knowledge and practices associated with visiting a mobile safety center in a low-income urban population

Fam Community Health. Apr-Jun 2009;32(2):147-58. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31819947a6.


A mobile safety center (MSC) provided education and reduced-cost safety products to low-income urban families. We evaluated uptake of this service under 3 different conditions, and safety-related knowledge and behavior associated with visiting the MSC among 210 families. Utilization varied widely under the 3 different conditions. At follow-up, MSC visitors scored slightly higher on a knowledge test than nonvisitors and improved more in reported car safety seat use, but did not differ in observed safety product use. This study provides very modest evidence of a positive impact of the MSC when its services are provided at a community health center.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention / methods
  • Accident Prevention / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Education / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents / education*
  • Safety / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*