Brain Injury Prevention
Falls Prevention Awareness Resources
Falls continue to be the number one cause of traumatic brain injury in Iowa. The Brain Injury Service Program, along with the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries, partners with the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition to raise awareness about falls prevention activities in Iowa.
To learn more about Falls Prevention in Iowa, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/falls-prevention.
Need Falls prevention awareness materials? Feel free to print and distribute the following, or contact the Brain Injury Program at 515-281-8465 to request items to be sent to you.
Falls Prevention Symposium
The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department on Aging, will once again host its annual Falls Prevention Symposium. The symposium will be held on July 20, 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, IA. For more information, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/falls-prevention.
Bicycle Helmet Distribution
The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries (ACBI) wants to decrease the number of TBIs caused by falls off of bicycles by promoting helmet use in all populations, especially among children. One activity of the ACBI prevention task force has been to distribute bicycle helmets across Iowa in collaboration with the IDPH Children's EMS program.
- Falls Prevention in Iowa - a collaboration between the Iowa Dept of Public Health, Iowa Dept on Aging, and the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition, this website is a starting point for healthcare professionals and members of the public who are seeking information about preventing falls in Iowa.
- SafeKids Iowa - Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
- Concussion tools for coaches - Aimed at high school coaches, the purpose of this kit is to provide strategies for reducing the concussions that can occur in any high school sport.
- The National Bike Safety Network - The National Bike Safety Network exchanges information on bike safety programs, legislation, and research; develops national programs on bicycle safety; and shares resources. An estimated 140,000 children are treated each year in emergency departments for head injuries sustained while bicycling.
- All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety - The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital has ATV safety information including an ATV safety pledge and safety booklet.
- The Child Passenger Safety Fact Sheet - This fact sheet provides information on child passenger injuries and injury prevention strategies.