Injury Prevention

The Injury Prevention and Public Education (IPPE) Committee has a wonderful network of providers throughout the region and the state available to provide a wide variety of resources. The committee reviews injury data annually to prioritize its work.  The top four injuries in the east region are falls, suicide, motor vehicle collisions and poison.

East Region Injury Data (Department of Health):

Meeting Schedule
Date:  2nd Wednesday of every even numbered month
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
Conference Rooms LL1 & LL2
711 S. Cowley Street
Spokane, WA

AJ Sanders, IPPE Coordinator   (509) 324-1596
AJ’s work is done through a contract with the Spokane Regional Health District where she works as a Healthy Communities Specialist.  Through AJ’s leadership, SRHD secured a falls prevention grant that extended to the nine-county region.  This grant allowed for the implementation of Stay Active and Independent for Life (S.A.I.L.)  exercise classes for older adults, as well as initiated the Fall Free Spokane Coalition in Spokane County. AJ also coordinates the Fall Free Coalition, serving the Inland Northwest. This coalition is comprised of aging community professionals and citizens who have a common interest in preventing falls among adults 65 and older.

FY16 IPPE Year End Report
EREMS IPPE Bimonthly Report January 2017

Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance – Washington
Older Adult Falls Update 2014-7-30
6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
CDC Fall Prevention

Spokane Regional Health District’s Fall Prevention Program
For an updated list of SAIL Classes in local communities:

Child Passenger Safety
Child Pass Safety Update 2014-7-30
Child Restraint Seat Recall LIST 10-24-13
Car Seat Inspection May 16 Lacey, WA
Restraint Use State Data & Strategies

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan:
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training Link:
(Provides Free electronic book and video for QPR training)
VA National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Native Health of Spokane:  509-483-7535
Kootenai County Mental Health Court:  208-446-1219
(treatment-based court program for non-violent offenders in North Idaho)
First Call for Help:  509-838-4428
(crisis response to mental health emergencies)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Association of Suicidology
Suicide Later in Life
Older Adult Anxiety Depression and Suicide Prevention
Sigrid Reinert, DOH, is providing the following video link about talking to preschool, school age and teenagers about a suicide attempt:

Cannabis E-cigarettes 2015 Cannabis E-cigarettes 2015
Rx Drug Abuse Summit Presentations 2014
WA Poison Control Center
Firing Up Furnaces Means Potential for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Dangers of carbon monoxide
The WA Poison Center now has a webpage specifically for older adults.  The webpage has information on poison prevention and medication safety targeted to the older adult population and provides downloadable resources.
The WA State Senior Games will be held in July, 2016.  Visit the website,, for more information.  Staying active is important to healthy aging.
WA Poison Control Annual Report 2015

Caution Urged in Use of Candles
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has resources to help you spread the message about smoke alarmshome escape planning and having smoke alarms where you sleep.
The materials include:
Home safety checklists for homeowners and renters
Infographic to help promote Fire Prevention Week in your community
Social media messages and images
Photographs and b-roll
Winter Fire Safety PSA
Portable Heater Safety PSA

Holidays and events
Check the Halls
Holiday Decoration Safety Tips
Compassionate Friends Global Candle Lighting  Ceremony Dec. 13, 2015

Injury Prevention
WA State Injury Prevention Success Stories Feb 2014
Children’s Safety Network Newsletter
Washington Safe Kids Connection Newsletter 2015-5-29
Safe States Alliance
Hispanic Buckle Up Toolkit
Button Battery issues Jan 12 2015 USA TODAY
Transforming Injury and Violence Prevention Summit
Window Covering Cord Safety Information Center
Prevent In-home Drowning
Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities
Essentials for Childhood framework – CDC2016 Drowning Prevention – Water Safety Advice

Bicycle Safety
Sprocket Man Bike Safety Guide for Kids
Know the Rules of the Road

Driving Enforcement
Motor Vehicle State Data & Information
Drunk Driving State Data & Strategies
National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers 2015
WA Traffic Safety Commission Report: Marijuana in Fatal Crashes 10.26.2015
Together We Can End Impaired Driving 
Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States, 2.0.
Cost of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths


INHS Community Wellness Calendar

Health Education Resource Exchange (H.E.R.E)


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