Our Injury Prevention Goal

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


The FRETAC Injury Prevention (IP) Committee is a coalition of our IP Committee members, FRETAC facility representatives, FRETAC agency representatives and various IP organizations offering supportive agendas. The IP Committee goal stated above has been the foundation and motivation of this well-established, active committee for many years.

The inception of the FRETAC ThinkFirst Chapter in 2012 makes this an important addition to the FRETAC IP Committee and supports the goal of reduction in injuries and deaths in our region. Many FRETAC IP activities include ThinkFirst materials and curricula.

As a Committee, we are collectively dedicated to educating the public through the utilization of our proven programs and activities, with the result of a reduction in injuries and deaths within the counties served by FRETAC.

We are currently addressing other Injury Prevention needs including: “Stop the Bleed” classes offered by our partners, Resiliency and suicide prevention activities, head injury prevention, and fall prevention.

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