Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention
TBI * and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Team
Virginia R. Corrigan, MSN, RN
Brain Injury Association of Delaware, Christiana Care Trauma Program, Delaware U. S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Children with Special Health Care Needs, Safe Kids Delaware, State Council for Persons with Disabilities Brain Injury Committee and University of Delaware College of Health and Nutrition Sciences.
Decrease the number of brain and spinal cord injuries suffered by Delaware citizens and improve the quality of life for those who have suffered these injuries in order to prevent further injury.
Key 2011 Projects:
- Develop and incorporate educational fact sheets on prevention of TBI and SCI (Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury) onto coalition web site.
- Develop TBI and SCI TEACH VIP power point.
- Update TBI / SCI injury prevention plan in the state’s strategic plan for 2011 – 2016.
- Continue and expand ThinkFirst for Teens Program (TFFTs).
- Continue and expand helmet giveaways and “Caught being Safe” reinforcement for helmet wearers.
- Continue and expand concussion awareness program.
- In partnership with the Violence Prevention Team, develop and pilot test the newly developed first offenders violence prevention program, ABCs of GSWs (gun shot wounds)
Brief Project Description:
The best-practice, ThinkFirst for Teens (TFFTs) program continues annually. Helmet giveaways and “Caught Being Safe” helmet reinforcement program will continue. Concussion awareness programs continue and new partners are being recruited to expand education. The new ABCs of GSWs includes a video, “Cause and Effect” that follows a Wilmington youth and his decisions that lead to life-altering injuries. The program will be a four-week program – 2 hours each week devoted to education and empowering first-offenders and at-risk youth to make choices to become or remain non-violent. The program will be held at Wilmington Hospital and will reach out to youth in all city zip code areas – especially 19801, 19802, and 19805.
ThinkFirst for Teens reaches 8,000-10,000 young people annually. TFFTs surveys show significant increases in knowledge, change in attitude, and self-reported safety behaviors. Helmet giveaways have provided over 500 helmets this year. Helmet wearing reinforcement programs have reached fifty 10-14 year-old youth through ThinkFirst efforts and 40 youth through Safe Kids efforts. Pilot testing of ABCs of GSWs will indicate if this program will be useful in decreasing gun violence in the community and recidivism rates among youthful first offenders.
* Traumatic Brain Injury