For persons between ages 1-44, trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States. Trauma affects all of us. By collaborating with community partners and implementing evidenced-based strategies, our team is reaching local families with more injury prevention education and programs than ever before. The Ocala Health Injury Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing injuries, deaths, and disabilities. Ocala Health promotes injury prevention through the following events & programs:
- Save a Life Tour
- Fall Prevention Awareness Events
- Injury Prevention Ad Hoc Committee
- Ocala Fire Rescue referrals for Home Safety inspections
- Matter of Balance workshops
- Trauma Awareness Month
- Professional community injury prevention education and outreach
- ARC BikeFest motorcycle safety
- Trauma Transitional Care Network
What is Injury prevention?
Injury, defined as “damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force” is one of the leading causes of death and disability among all age groups in the United States. Ocala Health recognizes the need to prevent injury from occurring in the first place and believes that many unintentional injuries can be prevented with the right tools, resources, community collaborations, and public awareness. Our goal is to provide the best care possible to all injury patients; and prevention is key. By observing the trends and local data on sources of injury, we are able to target the top injuries affecting our community. Partnering with local agencies, organizations, and facilities, we participate in community-based interventions, events, and activities in an effort to decrease preventable injury in the community.
What are the program’s goals?
Injury prevention goals: Raise awareness about injury prevention, deliver health and wellness education, participate in injury prevention events and activities, offer evidenced-based solutions to decrease injury in the community.
Who can collaborate with Ocala Health on injury prevention activities?
Want to learn more? If your goal is to reduce injury in our community, contact cory.hewitt@hcahealthcare, to learn more about opportunities to partner on new or existing projects, to reduce injury, deaths, and disability in your community.