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Kate Carr

President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids President and CEO Kate CarrKate Carr serves as the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting children from preventable injuries, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a million children die each year from preventable injuries. Millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the United States and with partners in more than 25 countries around the world to prevent childhood deaths and injuries from car crashes, drownings, fires, poisoning, falls and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has worked closely with partners to help reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from preventable injury by 60 percent.

Kate has dedicated her career to helping children and families. Prior to joining Safe Kids Worldwide in October 2011, she served as Managing Director of Malaria No More and played a lead role in resource mobilization and expansion of programmatic activities in Africa to give mothers, children and families the tools they need to protect themselves against Malaria.

As president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Kate was instrumental in expanding the Foundation’s work around the world to ensure more babies were born free of HIV and those children and mothers already living with the virus would get the medicine they needed to live longer and healthier lives.

Kate’s political experience includes serving as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Public Liaison at the White House and working on multiple local, state and national campaigns.

Blogs by Kate

TV Safety Day

January 31, the day before the Super Bowl, is National TV Safety Day. It's an important day for parents, grandparents and anyone who has kids in their homes, because checking your TV matters.


Nothing is worse than a parent losing a child – especially if the tragedy was preventable. Each year in the United States, thousands of families lose children this way making it the No. 1 cause of childhood deaths. Millions more are sent to the emergency room every year because of preventable injuries.

Fortunately, these injuries are preventable which means we can do something about them. One of things I am responsible for in my role at Safe Kids Worldwide, is to find partners that share our focus on preventable injury. I am very excited about a new collaboration beginning this year with Nationwide and a program it calls Make Safe Happen. And to show you both why a company joins us in our mission and what the program will aim to do, I thought it’d be easiest to capture a recent conversation I had with Nationwide’s Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Jauchius.

Statement on Road Safety for Children

A growing epidemic of traffic injuries is devastating the next generation of children around the globe. More than 500 children are killed every day as a result of road traffic collisions, and tens of thousands are injured, often suffering lifelong disabilities. Children living in poorer nations are most at risk. In fact, more than 90 percent of child road deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Champions Image

Our kids don't have lobbyists or political action committees. In this election cycle, they can't vote. But their voices, and those of their parents, must be heard.

My Two Cents: Advice to My Younger Self

In our newsletter, An Ounce of Prevention, we asked our friends: “If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?” We received so many great responses that we thought we’d share a bunch of them.

Keeping Teens Safe on the Streets

It seems that teens are texting or tapping on their phones no matter where they are. I know. I am the parent of a high school senior. Unfortunately, cell phonesand other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, and that is leading to greater risk on the roads. There is a lot of attention on distracted driving, but what about kids who are walkers? While it might seem that as kids get older they’ll become safer while walking, teenagers are now the most at-risk pedestrians of children 19 and under. In fact, every hour of every day, a teen pedestrian is killed or injured in the U.S. after being hit by a car, bike or motorcycle.

Sports Safety Blog

For many kids, back to school means back to sports. Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.

We conducted a survey of parents, coaches and young athletes to explore how the current culture of sports may be leading to unnecessary injuries, and how that culture needs to change.

It Your Day, Dads

Last month we paid tribute to our moms by sharing some wonderful memories. Well, dads, now it’s your turn.

I think my dad is a superhero, even at age 85. Growing up, I thought he was the smartest, most handsome father and I always felt so proud of him and what he did.

Teen Driver Video

What teen passengers and drivers think.

White House Sports Summit

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit with President Obama. Why is this issue so important that the President hosted a summit? Too many kids are being kept from playing the games they love because of injuries that we can predict and prevent.