Trauma Nurses Talk Tough have you covered
Their office may be tucked away in an older hallway of Legacy Emanuel but they cast a wide safety net over the entire metropolitan area and beyond. They are the Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT), a Legacy Health program founded in 1986 to put an end to unnecessary and preventable injuries and deaths. They deliver their mission through a variety of efforts like the popular reduced-helmet program.
“We had a wildly successful year,” said Simone Carter, M.S., Legacy Health’s coordinator for Trauma Prevention and Community Education. “This year, we distributed almost 5,000 helmets through community events.
Each year, Carter and many volunteers hold reduced-priced bike helmet sales and regular helmet clinics where they fit and adjust helmets and demonstrate how to properly wear them. The helmet program was launched over 25 years ago and since then they’ve distributed over 130,000 low-cost helmets.
The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association has proudly partnered with TNTT since 2013, contributing $20,000 per year. “Nurses and trial lawyers both see too often the devastation to families when a child is injured when not wearing a helmet,” says Amy Anderson, communications director with Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
“We couldn’t run this program without the generous grant from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association,” says Carter. “We have a great partner who understands how trauma can affect lives.” Carter says they sell helmets at many comunity events like Good In The Hood, Gresham Bike Fest and the City of Portland's Sunday Parkways. They also host helmet sales in Legacy Health facilities too.
Trauma Nurses Talk Tough is a community service program of Legacy Health and teaches people of all ages to reduce risks in their lives through safe driving, proper use of car seats and seat belts, reducing falls in senior citizens and wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets.
Oregon law requires any youth under age 16 riding on skateboards, scooters and in-line skates in any public place (streets, roads, sidewalks, parks, etc.) wear a safety helmet labeled ANSI and or Snell approved.
For more information about the Trauma Nurses Talk Tough program visit the Legacy Health website: http://bit.ly/2BCWF0t. For more information about the helmet program and sales, call 503-413-4960.
Photos: Trauma Nurses Talk Tough
Media inquiries: Vicki Guinn, Legacy Emanuel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-413-2939.
Check out Legacy Health's ad on the helmet program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UkdafqR0Sc