Tom Sargent Safety Center

Child trying on a bike helmet, with Dr. Hoffman making adjustments to the straps
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, the Tom Sargent Safety Center medical director, fits a bicycle helmet on Alex Chen. (OHSU/Boone Speed Photography)

Programs and services

In these challenging times, the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital remains dedicated to keeping your child safe.

Virtual car seat education sessions

A certified child passenger safety technician will meet with you virtually. The technician can provide education and technical help on installing and using your child’s car safety seat. This service does not replace a traditional one-on-one car seat check, but it can be a great resource until in-person checks are safe again.

If you are need a low-cost car seat, please contact us to see if you are eligible for the ODOT car seat distribution program.

Remote home safety consultations

One of our injury prevention educators will connect remotely with you to provide individual, age-specific education on home safety. We can share resources, address concerns, and suggest safety-related products.

Virtual infant safety consultations

If you have a newborn or a baby on the way, this is a great way to learn best practices for infant safety. Topics include safe sleep, basic childproofing, and traveling with baby.

Safety products with curbside pickup

Families in the Portland metro area can place phone orders for safety products available at the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Resource Center (see products) and schedule curbside pickup. Arrange pickup at Doernbecher's main entrance or at Hillsboro Medical Center. Our team follows COVID-19 safety protocols.

Car Seat Program

What it is: Certified child passenger safety technicians will make sure your child is in the right type of seat. We’ll also provide education to make sure the seat is installed and used correctly. We are currently scheduling virtual car seat consultations to help you make sure your child travels safely on every trip. There is no cost to you.

Where: You can make an appointment at Doernbecher or Hillsboro Medical Center.

Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program

The OHSU Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center and the Kohl’s Cares Program are partners in the Sleeping Safe Campaign to provide educational materials available in nine languages.

What it is: Eligible families will get education and a Cribs for Kids Cribette, Halo Sleep Sack and crib sheet.

Learn more: Visit our Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program page or call us with questions.

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Safety tips

From childproofing your home to getting your child ready for sports, we offer resources and education that will help you prevent injuries.

Find what you need: Our Safety Resources page provides brochures and links to safety products.

Educate yourself: Learn how to keep your children safe in almost any situation. Our Safety Tips have advice on these topics:

For health care professionals

A key part of our mission is working with health care professionals to reduce childhood injuries. Among the ways we can serve you, your staff and your patients:

  • Customized safety presentations at your office
  • Professional training opportunities
  • Injury-prevention brochures you can share with patients
  • Formal or informal referrals

Learn more: Visit our For Health Care Professionals page.

Contact us

503-418-5666
safety@ohsu.edu

Virtual services and safety items: Call weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reach an injury prevention educator who can help you use virtual services and/or buy and pick up injury-prevention items.

Location and hours

The Tom Sargent Safety Resource Center is in Doernbecher's main lobby.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

Events

In-person events are on hold until further notice. Virtual car seat education is available: Contact us at 503-494-3735 or safety@ohsu.edu  for an appointment.

Resources

Visit our Safety Resources page to find brochures you can download and links to safety products in our nonprofit store.

Presentation requests

Fill out a form to request a custom presentation:

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