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Injury Prevention

 

The Injury Prevention Program is designed to reduce injuries in the home and throughout the community. Education is provided through community health education programs, as well as other awareness activities. Along with education, the Bureau of Health advocates for injury prevention-related policies and environmental changes.

Hundreds of York City residents sustain serious harm each year as a result of unintentional injuries that occur in the home, at the workplace, in schools, at playgrounds, and on the streets. Many of these injuries and deaths are preventable.

 

Injury Prevention Programs:

A Matter of Balance Program

This program is an evidence-based fall prevention program, that addresses the fear of falling, while incorporating physical activity into the participant's daily lifestyle. People ages 55 and older should consider taking the Matter of Balance class. If you are 1) concerned about falls, 2) interested in improving balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination, 3) have fell in the past, 4) have restricted your activities because of falling, and/or 5) just want to have fun, then this may be the program for you! The program runs for 8 weeks, 1 session per week. Classes are 2 hours in length and healthy snacks are provided during each session. There is a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12 participants in each class. At the end of the 8-week program, participants will earn a certificate for completing the program, prizes, and a voucher to receive one piece of injury prevention equipment for the home (limited supplies).

Risk Watch Program

This is a comprehensive injury prevention program designed for use in classrooms. Risk Watch aims at connecting teachers with the safety experts within the York community. This program will effectively teach children and their families the knowledge and skills they need in order to be safe from the areas where they are at the highest risk to unintentional injuries. There are four teaching modules: Pre-K/Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-4th Grade, and 5th-6th Grade). This program may be implemented in a school setting or within boys'/girls' clubs (example: boy scouts). Each of the teaching modules will cover the following topic areas: 1) motor vehicle safety, 2) poisoning prevention, 3) falls prevention, 4) water safety, 5) fire & burn prevention, 6) choking, strangulation, & suffocation prevention, 7) firearms injury prevention, and 8) bike & pedestrian safety.

Child Passenger Safety Program

The Child Passenger Safety Program educates parents on child passenger seat safety, laws, and proper use. The Bureau of Health conducts education sessions regarding seat use and laws. Health Bureau staff have also received Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician certifications and partner with other local agencies to conduct installation sites and hold community events.

 

 

***All programs are offered free of charge.  If you would like more information on any of our Injury Prevention programs, please contact Craig Walt at 717-846-6730 or by email at cwalt@yorkcity.org.