Our Injury Prevention Goal

Injuries and deaths in Foothills RETAC will be decreased throughout the Region through the establishment and utilization of effective cohesive IP programs and strategies.

Objective: Build Injury Prevention Coalitions within the Foothills RETAC to address the major causes of injuries/deaths within our region.

The RETAC currently has 3 major focuses for Injury Prevention:

  1. Think First Program
  2. Fall Prevention Program

Think First Program

ThinkFirst programs educate young people about their personal vulnerability and the importance of making safe choices. The message is: You can have a fun-filled, exciting life, without hurting yourself if you “ThinkFirst.” Buckle up. Drive safe and sober. Avoid violent situations. Lower your risk to fall. Wear a helmet. Check the water before you dive. Use your mind to protect your body!

Our network of ThinkFirst Chapters provides powerful, thought-provoking, upbeat programs to students of all ages. “Street Smart,” the Safety Superhero, delights young children, while teens relate to our VIP speakers – Voices For Injury Prevention – who share how a traumatic injury needlessly changed their life. Each year ThinkFirst chapters provide thousands of educational presentations to schools, businesses, organizations, conferences, and community events.

To request more information or to schedule a presentation or event, contact Natalie Debakker, Chapter Director ThinkFirst Foothills RETAC at Natalie.DeBakker@dhha.org

Fall Prevention

The RETAC is in the beginning stages of planning for a RETAC-wide Fall prevention campaign. This will be county specific to address individual needs. Grand County will address sports and elderly falls. Boulder will stress bicycle safety. Each county will address their individual causes of falls with their own counties.

We have a new Injury Prevention Program!

Older Adult Fall Prevention

Foothills RETAC has been awarded a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to address activities specific to Older Adult Falls. Falls are the number one cause of injury in the older adult population state-wide. Our Older Adult Fall Prevention Program aims to provide multifaceted, evidence-based programs to address the risk of falls in our region. We will be working with stakeholders and partners throughout our five counties to provide education and training about fall prevention, as well as in home safety assessments.

We are very pleased to announce the addition of our new Older Adult Falls Prevention Coordinator!

Carly Marquis has joined us as the Older Adult Fall Prevention Coordinator for Foothills RETAC. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University with a minor in Gerontology. She has also interned with Home Instead Senior Care and the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. After losing her Grandfather to a fall and experiencing one herself, she is passionate about providing resources to prevent others from experiencing the adverse effects of falls.

Please stay tuned as the new program progresses and to request more information on fall prevention training or home safety assessments.

Anyone interested in getting a jump on the program should contact Carly at:

Carly Marquis: carly.fretac@gmail.com

Older Adult Fall Prevention Coordinator, 720-878-6714.