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Detection and Prevention

Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center considers injury prevention to be a priority. Injury remains the leading cause of potential lives lost and leaves thousands of Ohioans chronically disabled every year. Medical costs of injury account for 12 percent of national healthcare expenditures. The financial, physical, and emotional impacts touch every home, school, and workplace in all our communities. Injuries related to trauma are the most life-threatening and are also the most preventable. Effective injury prevention begins with a focus on the most common causes of injury in the community. 

The Injury Prevention Center

The mission of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) of Greater Dayton is to keep residents of the Greater Dayton region safe on the road, at home, at work, and at play. 

The IPC provides education, resources, and programs to all families and patients served by Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center

Our programs focus on the most prevalent injury areas, including but not limited to: teen driving safety, child passenger safety, bike/pedestrian safety, occupational safety, agricultural/farm safety, gun violence, traumatic brain injuries, sports injuries, bleeding control, elderly falls, unintentional poisoning, and prescription drug overdose.  

The IPC works to address these potential injuries by turning research into practical, community-based action. Our main activities involve: 

  • Monitoring the incidence and prevalence of unintentional injury in our region
  • Identifying opportunities to target the unique, injury prevention needs of our community
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating multi-disciplinary and evidence-based interventions
  • Providing ongoing educational outreach and a wide range of training opportunities to local schools, community groups, and other healthcare providers
  • Partnering with local, state, and national organizations to advance the field of injury prevention by promoting initiatives that facilitate safe behavior 

We are hopeful that we can work together to ensure that we reach as many families and patients as possible with the information and resources they need to stay safe on the road, at home, at work, and at play.


Motor vehicle-related trauma remains the leading cause of adolescent injury and death in the United States. Through a partnership with the Montgomery County Juvenile CourtOff Site Icon and the Warren County Juvenile CourtOff Site Icon, we deliver a comprehensive, prevention program that highlights risky driving behavior and consequences. This program - Drive ALIVE - is an evidence-based, interactive program that was developed as an alternative to traditional sentencing practices. 

The goal of Drive ALIVE is to educate and provide awareness to juveniles about the scope and magnitude of the consequences of deviant behavior behind the wheel of a car. The court acts as the referral source by requiring convicted teens to attend Drive ALIVE as part of their sentencing. This course is open to the community and court-referral is not necessary.

  • The classes include:
  • Small group discussions
  • Simulated trauma resuscitation by nurses and first-responders
  • Talk by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Brief session with a hospital chaplain
  • Live session in the Miami Valley Hospital Rehabilitation Unit involving activities with physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists highlight the process of recovery from traumatic injuries
  • Gripping testimonial from family members and a former trauma patient that show the devastating consequences of destructive driving
  • Demonstration of fatal vision goggles with an Ohio State High Way Patrol Trooper who discusses the legal implications of traffic offenses
  • Watching an interactive “Make the right Choice” video

The program is four weeks long with sessions held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Participants must pre-register and will be contacted to confirm registration in the program. The course fee is $75 and is payable by person or cashier’s check to the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. To register and pay over the phone, please call CareFinders at (866) 608-3463. Please indicate that you are signing up for the Drive ALIVE program though Miami Valley Hospital.

Matter of Balance

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among older adults and the most common cause of non-fatal injuries, resulting in emergency department visits in the older adult population with an estimated cost of over $30 billion from direct medical costs alone. Older adults who fall and are not injured may develop a fear of falling and limit activities with subsequent further loss in physical function, resulting in an increased risk of future falls. 

A Matter of Balance is a structured, group workshop that utilizes a variety of activities to address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling and to teach fall prevention strategies. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. The goals of the program are to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels and confidence among older adults. 

The program is conducted over eight weeks by trained coaches and meets weekly for two hours per session. The activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videotapes, sharing practical solutions, and exercise training. Early sessions focus on changing attitudes and self-efficacy before attempting actual changes in behavior. The exercise component, which begins in the third session, takes about 30 minutes of each session to complete. The recommended class size for A Matter of Balance is 8-12 participants. 

Who should attend?

  • Anyone concerned about falling
  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength
  • Anyone who has fallen in the past
  • Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns

Individuals will learn to:

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable (involves changing behavior with a focus on building falls self-efficacy, i.e. – the belief that one can engage in an activity without falling).
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity (by instilling adaptive beliefs such as greater perceived control, greater confidence in one’s abilities, and more realistic assessment of failures).
  • Learn how to stay safe at home by changing their environment to reduce fall risk factors (uses a home safety evaluation and action planner to reduce fall risk hazards in the home and community)
  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance

If you’d like to host a Matter of Balance course in your community, please contact Angy El-Khatib, Program Manager of the Injury Prevention Center, at (937) 208-3196 or email


A Matter of Balance

Stop the Bleed: Save a Life

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign which focuses on raising awareness of life-saving strategies and providing public access to bleeding control tools already used by first responders and the military. The program aims to prepare every bystander, whether a healthcare provider or the general public, to utilize the basic principles of bleeding control to provide first aid in the event of an emergency. This campaign is the culmination of a year-long collaboration among the National Security Council and the American College of Surgeons.

This one hour workshop is designed for civilians of all ages who are interested in learning this basic and lifesaving training. Everyone should be prepared to perform basic hemorrhage control to help prevent deaths from blood loss. 

You’ll learn to:

  • Recognize life-threatening bleeding
  • Apply direct pressure to a bleeding wound
  • How to use and apply a tourniquet
  • Packing a wound
  • What to do until emergency responders arrive

This free, community education is brought to you in partnership with Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center and the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dayton.

For more information and to schedule a workshop in your community, please contact Angy El-Khatib, Program Manager of the Injury Prevention Center, at (937) 208-3196 or email


Stop the Bleed

Safe Communities

Montgomery County - Safe Communities is led by the Injury Prevention Center. This grant is awarded through the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO). The goal of Safe Communities is to prevent traffic-related fatalities and injuries by increasing awareness through education and social campaigns.

This program has been working on traffic safety media campaigns, coordinating events and activities, providing driving simulators, distributing educational materials, giving presentations, and conducting seatbelt audits at local schools to help prevent fatal traffic crashes and injuries from occurring in Montgomery County.

If you would like more information or to become a member of the Montgomery County – Safe Communities CoalitionOff Site Icon, please contact Angy El-Khatib, Program Manager of the Injury Prevention Center, at (937) 208-3196 or email


Safe Communities


Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drive impaired. However, according to the NHTSA, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. 

Driver Safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills; however, older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase the driver’s safety as well as the safety of others.

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The CarFit Program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as driving, and/or increase their mobility in the community. 

At a CarFit event, a team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. CarFit is developed in collaboration with the AAA, AARP, and AOTA.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule a CarFit event in your community, please contact Angy El-Khatib, Program Manager of the Injury Prevention Center, at (937) 208-3196 or email

Drive Smart Program

The Injury Prevention Center supports CareFlight’s Drive Smart program - a drug and alcohol awareness program for high school students. It is presented by CareFlight, Miami Valley Hospital’s Trauma Program, local police, fire, and EMS. This is a 60-minute program where an accident scene with casualties is simulated. The simulation of death and injury has been made as real as possible, in an effort to make students aware of the effects of bad choices. One student is given an alcohol test, while others go through the full procedure of being taken away by ambulance and CareFlight. This powerful simulation brings home the message of safety to a young, receptive audience, and also reminds all involved of the need to make smart driving decisions for the benefit of all on the road.

For more information about the Drive Smart Program, contact Mandy Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Services Outreach Manager, at (937) 208-4399 or Learn More

Community Overdose Action Team (COAT)

The Injury Prevention Center participates in a collaborative effort to prevent injury due to unintentional poisonings and prescription drug overdoses. The Community Overdose Action TeamOff Site Icon was established in the fall of 2016 to address the opioid/heroin epidemic in Montgomery County. 

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS)Off Site Icon and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC)Off Site Icon are the lead agencies in the effort to combat the epidemic.

The work of the Community Overdose Action Team seeks to stabilize the number of people dying from drug overdoses and reduce the number of fatal overdoses. As part of this inter-agency collaborative approach, over 60 community leaders from numerous public and private organizations throughout Montgomery County are members of the Steering Committee and sub-committees which help to guide the work.

All aspects of reduce deaths due to unintentional poisoning and prescription drug overdose are included in the effort.

Specific teams are working on prevention, treatment, law enforcement, the court system, opioid prescription guidelines, education, and outreach.

It is the team’s hope that this collaborative, community-wide approach will make an impact in combating the problem of rising deaths from drug overdoses in our community.

Violence Prevention

The Injury Prevention Center participates in a collaborative effort to prevent injury, violence, and the associated consequences. Recognizing violence as a public health problem, the Injury Prevention Center is dedicated to the eradication of preventable injuries by developing and supports programs that prevent injuries. Community action programs are needed now more than ever to help address violence and the toll it takes on our communities and hospitals. The Injury Prevention Center is focused on improving prevention and intervention services, practices, and policies addressing violence.

Health Fairs & Wellness Events

The Injury Prevention Center is committed to reinforcing community-clinical linkages and reducing disparities in access to health information. By working with our community partners, we support and coordinate health fairs for local schools, senior centers, and other community centers.

The Injury Prevention Center’s driving simulator is a part of these health fair and wellness events. The driving simulator scenarios are designed to help participants identify hazards associated with road traffic and risky driving behaviors.

If you would like to organize a health fair at your location, would like to request the driving simulator for your event, or would like to request a speaker to present on injury prevention topics, please contact Angy El-Khatib, Program Manager of the Injury Prevention Center, at (937) 208-3196 or email

CareFlight also provides the Mobile Education Lab (MEL). This interactive, high-tech mobile lab on wheels offers emergency medicine education through the use of a human simulator, video presentations, and hands-on training. For more information about the MEL, call (937) 208-2803.

Content Updated: February 28, 2019

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Emergency & Trauma Services.
Emergency and Trauma at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Emergency Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Emergency Center in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Emergency Center in Miamisburg
300 Austin West Blvd. Miamisburg, OH  45342
Emergency Department at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
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