How can you make your injury prevention program more effective? Leaders from three Level I trauma centers shared proven strategies for building a strong injury prevention program during a session at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Trauma Center Association of America. The speakers discussed ways to develop funding sources, build public support for IP initiatives and create a strong program structure.
Securing ongoing sources of funding
Joanne Fairchild, RN, injury prevention nurse consultant at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, talked about effective strategies for securing funds for injury prevention.
“The key is to start small and partner with people in your community,” Fairchild said in a separate interview. Among her biggest successes are court-ordered classes for people who have received citations for high-risk driving behaviors. “We got the courts to agree to let us use these citations as an opportunity to teach, and we got the hospital to agree that any money generated through these classes would go to the injury prevention program.”