Our Community Relations and Injury Prevention section is responsible for community engagement, public relations, marketing and communications, and education and outreach activities for ATCEMS Injury Prevention programs.
- Created and shared EMS Injury Prevention programming “templates” to include program guides and data collection tools in an effort to help replicate sustainable programming in areas of Travis County that are outside City of Austin city limits. We also shared our program templates on a regional level to help support community education and injury prevention efforts within the CATRAC.
- Implemented a digital data platform that has unified all activities into a single data warehouse. This allows us to evaluate injury prevention programming efforts throughout the region to identify communities who are underserved as well as continually improve our methodology and approach. We are able to track, manage, share and report data on a regional level in a real-time environment while consistently and efficiently refining program data to replicate and expand impacts with evidence-based discipline. We can track car seat events, misuse rates, map resource distribution, record client participation to prevent duplication, implement goals, and manage all program activities on a regional level.
As public servants we have a responsibility to engage our community and believe that education plays a key role in the overall improvement of health and wellness. We provide a variety of FREE, bilingual programs and servicesf designed with early intervention and prevention in mind. EMS Injury Prevention programs include:
1. Child Passenger Safety: The grant funded Child Passenger Safety program conducts monthly car seat inspections and provides FREE car and booster seats to families in need.
2. Safe Baby Academy: Safe Baby Academy (SBA) is a FREE, three hour class for expectant families or parents and caregivers of children under 12 months that provides education and hands-on practice for child passenger safety, safe sleep, home safety, water safety, infant CPR and choking awareness. Our community partners include CommUnity Care Clinics, Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Southwest, Seton Williamson, Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway, Scott & White Round Rock, Gabriel Life Center, and Any Baby Can.
3. Fall Prevention: In 2016 we formally launched the Fall Prevention program. Elderly falls attribute to a significant amount of both dispatches and transports to the Emergency Room when compared to other traumatic call types and a large percentage of these falls occur in the home. Austin-Travis County EMS has a team of trained personnel who conduct FREE home safety assessments to identify potential risks and hazards for slips, trips and falls in the home environment. Home safety assessments include the following:
Home hazard mitigation to reduce fall risksBasic strengthening and balancing activitiesMedication review and Vial of Life program kitInformation about FREE safety equipment (canes, lockboxes, wheelchairs, smoke detectors)CarFit inspection - opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them
4. Injury Prevention: Our Injury Prevention Team conduct a variety of hands-on classes and multimedia safety presentations FREE to the general public including:
First Aid Basics – specifically designed for teens and adults, this interactive class teaches basic care for minor emergencies and includes class discussion about topics such as stroke/chest pain, diabetic emergencies, environmental emergencies, cuts, bites, stings, burns, seizures, choking and poisoningEmergency Preparedness – personal and family preparedness and instructions for creating a family emergency plan, assembling two types of emergency kits, communication planning and family meeting points, and staying informed during an emergency. We also provide our Ultimate Guide to Emergency Preparedness which includes a variety of checklists and resources.Senior Safety & Vial of Life - provided to senior groups including AARP members and senior activity centers; Vial of Life kit includes stickers recognized by EMS and first responders, medication log, emergency contact list and information about what to have ready in case one may need to call 9-1-1
In addition to our community education classes we offer multimedia safety presentations to organizations, groups and clubs of all kinds on topics such as Heat Safety Awareness, Lightning Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Stroke Awareness.