Community Outreach and Injury Prevention

A young child wearing a helmet for safety while riding his bike.

At the OHSU Trauma Center, we believe that the best way to treat an injury is to prevent you from being injured in the first place.  

Our team coordinates efforts in education, research and community outreach to make sure OHSU’s injury prevention efforts to have the most impact for our patients.  

We can help you:

  • Avoid falls by improving your balance and cutting down on clutter.
  • Gain access to gun locks and other equipment that supports firearm safety.
  • Access mental health resources and peer support after a gun violence injury.
  • Make your community more resilient by learning how to stop a severely injured person from bleeding.
  • Find ways to lower the number of traffic deaths and severe injuries in your community.

Injury prevention

We take an evidence-based approach to injury prevention. That means our program is committed to identifying the patterns and circumstances that lead to injury and death, so we can develop strategies that lower these risks.  

Review of our Trauma Center data helps us identify at the populations most at risk and guides the development of our prevention programs. 

Our team partners with community groups and with other trauma centers to create and share educational resources that ease the burden of injury for all Oregonians.  

Outreach programs

Same-level falls are the second leading cause of injury seen at OHSU Trauma Center, and the leading cause of death and injury for Americans over the age of 65. Fall prevention education is a priority for the OHSU Trauma Center to reduce injuries and improve quality of life. We offer several programs to support this goal.
Matter of Balance: This program runs for eight weeks, with two-hour sessions each week. It is designed to benefit older adults who are concerned about falling, have fallen in the past or restrict their daily activities because of concerns about falling. To register, email
Fall prevention seminars: OHSU offers these free sessions once a month. Seminars cover topics such as:

  • Fall facts and statistics 
  • Factors that increase the risk of falls
  • Environmental factors
  • Medications
  • What to do if you fall
  • How to get up after falling
  • Home safety checklist

Our team also developed this educational video series to help with fall prevention.

Public health advocacy: Since 2016, OHSU has advocated to treat gun violence as a public health issue. Our work on an advisory committee with representatives from Portland State University, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, county, state and city governments, mental health groups, advocacy groups and nonprofit and volunteer outreach programs laid the groundwork for this important initiative.

Gun locks and home safety resources: We partner with the Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to connect gun owners with safety tools and education. This includes firearm lock boxes and trigger locks available for purchase, cable locks available at no cost and information about how to keep children safe with guns in the home

In response to the recent increase in traumatic injuries such as gunshots and stab wounds, OHSU partners with the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center to offer the Healing Hurt People program. Working with 
Healing Hurt people serves people of color from ages 10 to 35 who have survived these types of injuries. The program aims to connect with participants quickly because research shows that intervening within four hours of a trauma increases the chances of preventing future violence. We then work with victims and their families for six months to a year, helping them on the road to healing.  

The program offers 24/7 support. This includes trauma-informed counseling, relocation services, peer mentorship, referrals for social and emotional support, and other wraparound services.

Blood loss from injuries can happen anywhere, any time. It may result from a minor injury or become a life-threatening concern. The OHSU Trauma center offers the Stop the Bleed training course to teach bystanders to become an immediate responder and save lives. 

This two-hour class provides skills so you can recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly to stop it.  You’ll learn how to apply direct pressure, pack a wound and apply a tourniquet.

To register or to find out how OHSU Trauma Center can bring this training to your facility, email

Along with our outreach programs and courses, the OHSU trauma team also organizes events linked to national initiatives such as:

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Contact us

Our team is happy to connect you with resources and information about our injury prevention programs.

You can reach us at

Roy Moore oversees the Healing Hurt People program, which has counselors on-call at two Portland hospitals to respond to survivors of shootings and stabbings.

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