Hospitals & Pediatric Offices:
Conclusions: The No Hit Zone is an important program used to provide a safe and caring environment for all families and staff of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Demand for the program continues, demonstrated by the establishment of No Hit Zones at other local hospitals and multiple outpatient clinics. This article offers information for other organizations planning to conduct similar initiatives.
How to Create a No-Hit-Zone: NHZs designed around the six strategies of the Spectrum of Prevention (SOP) model have the most likelihood to move beyond education to shifting cultural norms (Cohen & Swift, 1999). The SOP
has proven successful in other injury and violence prevention efforts and lends itself well to the synergy needed to shift the high approval of a “good hard spanking.” Without much additional effort, NHZs can easily address all six levels of the SOP systematic action tool. The SOP model encourages prevention leaders to engage each level of the SOP by influencing policy, changing organizational practices, fostering coalitions, educating health and other providers, promoting community education, and improving individual skills and knowledge (Cohen & Swift, 1999). As such, the following discussion of No Hit Zones addresses implementing all levels.