Trauma Prevention

Trauma is preventable, and educating children, teenagers, and adults about the need for safety is an ongoing concern for the Ryder Trauma Center team.

From “buckle up” seat belt campaigns to gun safety sessions, the Trauma Prevention Team takes a proactive approach to preventing trauma and injury.

Staff members are also leaders in many community organizations, such as the Miami-Dade County Injury Prevention Coalition and the Florida Injury Prevention and Control Advisory Council.

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From “buckle up” seat belt campaigns to gun safety sessions, the Trauma Prevention Team takes a proactive approach to preventing trauma and injury.

Staff members are also leaders in many community organizations, such as the Miami-Dade County Injury Prevention Coalition and the Florida Injury Prevention and Control Advisory Council.

Think First Miami

Think First Miami is part of a national brain and spinal cord injury prevention program aimed at high school students using “peer messengers,” spinal cord-injured patients who described their lives since their injuries. Think First Miami is presented to approximately 15,000 tenth graders annually, and to several thousand other adults and children at community events.

WalkSafe

Since Miami-Dade County has one of the highest number of pedestrians hit by cars in the State of Florida, the WalkSafe program was started to decrease the number of children being hit by cars. The WalkSafe Team is responsible for providing an educational program, conducting behavioral evaluations and recommending engineering modifications and enforcement in order to reduce pediatric pedestrian injuries.

Adult and Pediatric Gun Violence Research and Advocacy Program (GVRAP)

The Adult and Pediatric Gun Violence Research and Advocacy Program (GVRAP) is a group of physicians and medical students that investigates the crossroads of medicine and gun violence to inform treatment, legislation and community action towards effective injury prevention.

Traumaroo

A playground and bicycle safety program featuring Traumaroo, a cartoon kangaroo created by the American Trauma Society. Designed for preschool to third graders, the Traumaroo program is aimed at reducing the playground injuries.

E.N.C.A.R.E. (Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol Related Episodes)

Automobile safety is the focus of E.N.C.A.R.E. (Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol Related Episodes), a designated driver education program, and Buckle Bear, a national campaign that encourages students and their parents to fasten their seat belts whenever they get in the car.

Our partners in this project include the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dade county Public Works Depart, Miami-Dade County School Board Police Department, City of Miami and Metro-Dade Police Departments, the Metropolitan Planning Office, SafeKids and the Injury Free Coalition.

As a result of this effort, there has been a decrease in the number of children hit by cars. Every year the WalkSafe program focuses on another high risk district to educate children on safe street crossing behaviors.