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Prevention Task Force

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The Prevention Task Force looks at activities that the Council can support or be involved in that would prevent or reduce the number or severity of brain injuries in the state of Iowa. These activities over the years have included supporting legislation that would make motorcycle and bicycle helmets mandatory in the state of Iowa, support of legislation that made seat belts mandatory in Iowa and recent support for more strict child passenger restraint legislation, funding the distribution of bicycle helmets to children through the SAFE KIDS Coalitions in Iowa, and support of local initiatives that would also further the goal of preventing or reducing brain injury in Iowa.

Falls Prevention Awareness Resources

Falls continue to be the number one cause of traumatic brain injury in Iowa. To work toward the State Plan goal of reducing the death rate related to falls by 10% by 2018, ACBI members participate on the Iowa Falls Coalition and actively support the work they do. To learn more about Falls Prevention in Iowa, Click Here.

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition will host a two part webinar series "Take Steps to Address the Impact of Falls in Iowa"

Part 1 (April 22) will present current Iowa data on falls and present opportunities for local public health agencies and partners to prevent falls at a community level through evidence-based fall prevention programs.

Click Here to register for Part 1

Part 2 (May 27) will explain implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services. It will also present how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community.

Click Here to register for Part 2

Stay tuned for more information about the Falls Prevention Symposium on July 10th at the Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA.

Bicycle Helmet Distribution

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries wants to decrease the number of TBIs cause by falls off of bicycles by promoting helmet use in all populations, especially among children. One activity of the prevention task force has been to distribute bicycle helmets across Iowa in collaboration with the IDPH Children's EMS program.

To learn more about the IDPH Children's EMS injury prevention program Click Here.

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