The addition and expansion of the CTVIP in the Los Angeles area provides both an environment where multiple disciplines can come together to identify and address problems in the community. By providing education and training to both the immediate USC community as well as outreach programs to the surrounding areas, the CTVIP will strive to reduce violence and injury in the greater Los Angeles area. The commitment to the community that the CTVIP serves in is a critical piece in translating the research conducted into real world changes. As part of the current effort, partnerships will be expanded to include not only the immediate community but regionally as well. Our current community outreach programs include the following:
Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death among teens - in fact, teens and young adults are in the highest risk group for injuries. The most frequent causes are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls and sports and recreation. Among the most serious injuries are those to the brain and spinal cord, often leading to long term or permanent disabilities that can affect a person's thinking, speaking, ability to walk, move or even breathe. Fortunately, the majority of these injuries are preventable using basic safety precautions.
ThinkFirst Los Angeles County is a local organization focused on bringing injury prevention education to our local schools. Health educators and VIP speakers - Voices for Injury Prevention - explain how traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries occur, how they affect the body and how they can be prevented. Funded by a USC University Neighborhood outreach grant, our educators will visit local high schools during the 2013-2014 school year.
The CTVIP has teamed up with the community and healthcare licensed staff to promote the importance of CPR. Current literature supports that without CPR awareness and training, community members in the greater Los Angeles area are not likely to assist in cardiopulmonary resuscitation during an emergency. This reduces the chance of survival in the home or the community after a cardiac arrest occurs.
The Department of Emergency Medicine developed a CPR Training Team to bridge the gap and increase awareness by offering free CPR classes to the parents, group leaders and community members. During the summer of 2011 a relationship was established with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the CPR Training team began to travel to the different school sites to provide bilingual CPR classes to the community member’s while the children where in school.
Impact Teen Driver is a California – based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization committed to raising awareness on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Automobile collisions are the leading cause of death for American teens, which is why Impact Teen Driver is dedicated to reversing this prevalent, yet 100% preventable crisis. Through nationwide educational programs that confronts the dangers and consequences of reckless and distracted driving, Impact Teen Driver hopes to change the culture of driving forever. The CTVIP is happy to partner with Impact Teen Driver to spread educational awareness on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving through the, “What Do You Consider Lethal?” campaign. This campaign is high-energy and interactive. The campaign highlights facts about reckless and distracted driving to teens using innovative videos, materials and curriculum that encourages teens to take the lead in peer-to-peer messaging.
This new partnership will increase the number of participants served in the Los Angeles area by bringing this educational program to the LAUSD Schools, health fairs and various community organizations in our surrounding area. For more information please visit www.impactteendrivers.org.
SLICE is a fun, interactive program that educates young student-athletes about concussions through discussion, video and interactive games. Medical-related or health-related student volunteers educate student-athletes about the symptoms of a concussion, the effects of a concussion and what you can do about concussions. Students leave SLICE presentations with a new and lasting appreciation for taking concussions seriously and protecting their brains.
Our involvement with ELAWC began in November 2011 when we came together to talk about how we could better serve our patient population. Recognizing that intimate partner violence affects a large percentage of patients in the Emergency Department, we are striving to find better ways to help with vulnerable population. Through education of our residents and fellow faculty, we hope in increase the identification of individuals with the purpose of providing support and services and to better understand the complexities of their disease process. ELAWC has generously offered to provide 24/7 counseling to to our patients either in person or over the phone and their services stretch from counseling and education to shelter placement, legal services and financial aid.
Spearheaded by Lydia Lam, MD and Shot Namoto, RN from the Department of Surgery, the GRYD program is a joint effort with the mayor’s office. The primary goal of this program is real-time incident diffusion. When LAPD receives a report of gang violence within the city, a team of intervention specialists is deployed to the area. These specially trained counselors have previously established connections with the community and work to try to diffuse the violent situation in real time. The Departments of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery work with our patients and these counselors to help stop the violence from continuing in the streets.
A relatively new partnership, but one we are very excited about, is with Soledad Enrichment Action. Soledad Enrichment Action Inc. (SEA) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1972 by mothers in East Los Angeles who had lost their sons to gang violence. SEA has since grown to become the leading provider of services to high-risk individuals, families, and gang-affected communities within Southern California. SEA combines individually-tailored high school educational services with a diverse array of wrap-around and support services. Currently at LAC+USC, we are able to provide a gateway to these services to a small number of violently injured youth who are admitted to our Trauma service. We are actively seeking funding to expand these services to all our affected patients.