McElhattan grant boosts prevention program

From staff reports

Allegheny Health Network is kicking off a trauma and injury prevention program in Venango and Clarion counties thanks to a $61,000 grant received from the McElhattan Foundation.

Titled the “Community Injury & Violence Prevention Promoter” program, the initiative taps into the expertise of the Allegheny Health trauma and pre-hospital teams, as well as local emergency medical services professionals to raise awareness around the leading causes of traumatic injury and promote injury prevention.

Over the course of two years, the initiative will include community events and recruit program ambassadors who will educate the public with injury prevention information, tool kits and tailored course curriculum.

The program will look at the primary causes of trauma including motor vehicle accidents, violence, opioid abuse and pediatric injuries and develop useful materials that will equip people in the area with information that can help to prevent injuries.