UF Health Jacksonville’s Trauma Prevention Program began 20 years ago to educate children and parents in our community on important safety topics in an effort to reduce the number and severity of injuries. Each year, 15,000-20,000 people are educated about injury prevention through lectures, mock simulations, health fairs, hands-on activities and general distribution of educational materials, helmets and car seats.
The program’s initiatives include:
- Turning Point: Rethinking Violence – A program implemented by the University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville and the local Juvenile Justice Division in the State Attorney’s Office to reduce recidivism among first time juvenile offenders involved in violent crimes. Offenders and their parents participate in a program designed to expose them to the consequences of violence.
- Child Passenger Safety – A collaborative initiative between the Duval Community Traffic Safety Team, law enforcement, emergency medical services, public health and other agencies to promote the safe use of car seats through educational lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and car seat and booster seat giveaways.
- WHALE (We Have A Little Emergency) – An education and identification program for parents with children in booster and car seats. Parents are given a WHALE packet that includes a comprehensive brochure, information label, two logo stickers and a window decal for the inside window of the vehicle to alert emergency personnel of vital information about the child.
- Think First for Teens – UF Health Jacksonville is a local chapter for the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. The program is designed to educate and motivate students to take preventive action for their own health and safety.
- Home Safety – This program provides children and their parents a simulated “hands-on” opportunity to learn about home safety. Topics include fire safety, practicing fire drills, poison prevention, stove and microwave safety, seat belt and helmet safety, and water safety.