May 23rd, 2013 | Few kids can brag they get to meet Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano. But fly with him in a helicopter to the Indy 500? Yea right. Yet that’s precisely what 12-year-old Willie Avila will do. On Sunday, May 26, the bespectacled pre-teen will join coach Pagano aboard an IU Health LifeLine helicopter, soar above Indianapolis and land at the famed track.… Continue Reading
INJURY PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Injury is the leading cause of death in children. Serious injuries take an incredible physical, emotional and financial toll on children, families and our community.
As Indiana’s only Level I verified pediatric trauma program, we place a high priority on preventing injuries through our community outreach program. Injuries are often regarded as accidents—random, unpredictable and unforeseeable events. However, evidence demonstrates that avoiding injuries is achievable. By gathering and analyzing information about injuries in children, data reveal insights about how injuries can be prevented.
Our injury prevention program starts with a database of information gathered from emergency room injuries and trauma cases. This data registry tracks the types and causes of injuries and where they occurred. The program professionals strategically use this insight to develop education and awareness programs. In neighborhoods with a high number of injuries, we work collaboratively to uncover the root causes and implement effective solutions to prevent harm to children.
From identifying a need for a playground away from a busy street, to advocating for training child care providers to teaching new parents to eliminate home hazards, our injury prevention programs are helping keep Indiana’s children safe.
For more information about childhood injuries in Indiana and our injury prevention programs, see the trauma annual report.