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. Teen Motor Vehicle Safety
  3. 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 Christina Norman, Chapter Director ThinkFirst Foothills RETAC at 303.689.4623 or Christina.Norman@sclhs.net. Or contact Natalie Debakker at Natalie.DeBakker@dhha.org

Teen Motor Vehicle Safety

For the third year, the Foothills RETAC was awarded a C-DOT Occupant Protection Grant. This year, our goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related injuries and fatalities in Teens in the Foothills RETAC.

Crashes with teens behind the wheel kill more teens (ages 15 to 19) than cancer, homicide, and suicide combined.

For more information or to get involved in our C-DOT Programs contact: Troy Mesmer at tmesmer@mesmers.net.

Fall Prevention and Patient Concern Program

The Foothills RETAC Committee developed a “Patient Concern Form” for use by EMS when they enter a home to care for a patient. The form is meant as a referral to other services when the Prehospital Care Provider identifies a concern or possible issue within the home.

This is a relatively new program and the group has now concluded our “PILOT” program. We now take a look at the form, gather opinions, and change the process as needed.

At the end of this time, the program should be sent out to the entire region! Very exciting stuff, and we hope it will influence good patient care and follow-up!

Stay tuned for more information as we move along with the process.