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Trauma Prevention Program

UF Health Jacksonville’s Trauma Prevention Program began 20 years ago to educate children and their parents on important safety topics in an effort to reduce the number and severity of injuries in children.

The program has several initiatives, including:

  • Trauma Prevention/General Safety - Trauma prevention presentations at elementary, middle and high schools. These age-appropriate programs incorporate audio-visual material, discussion and volunteer participation on bike safety, seat belt use, swim safety and avoidance of drinking and driving.

  • Turning Point: Rethinking Violence - A program implemented by the UF Health Science Center Jacksonville and the local Juvenile Justice Division in the State Attorney’s Office to reduce recidivism among first-time juvenile offenders involved in violent crimes. The court mandates these offenders and their parents to participate in a program designed to expose them to the consequences of violence via didactic sessions, interactive victim impact panel and a video.

  • Child Passenger Safety - A collaborative initiative between the Duval Community Traffic Safety Team, law enforcement, emergency medical services, public health and other agencies to promote the safe use of car seats through educational lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and car seat and booster seat giveaways.

  • Think First for Teens - UF Health Jacksonville is a local chapter for the National Think First Program. The program has four main components and is designed to educate and motivate high school students to take preventive action for their own health and safety.

  • Walk Your Child to School Day - Encourages children and their parents to walk to school together while learning safe walking behaviors. Children learn a safe route to school, how to cross the street at the crosswalks and be alert to hidden dangers along the way.

  • WHALE (We Have A Little Emergency) Check - A child safety program that gives rescue personnel vital information about a child in a car seat that's involved in a serious car crash. Information like the child's name, emergency contact information and medical information are written on a sticker that is placed on the back of the car seat.

  • Home Safety - This program provides children and their parents a simulated "hands-on" opportunity to learn about home safety. Topics include fire safety, practicing fire drills, poison prevention, stove and microwave safety, seat belt and helmet safety, and water safety.

The Trauma Prevention Program serves multiple counties in Northeast Florida. Annually, 15,000 to 20,000 people are educated about injury prevention through lectures, mock simulations, health fairs, hands-on bike rodeos, home safety demonstrations, car seat checks, school walks and general distribution of education materials, helmets and car seats.