Injury Prevention

Awareness of injury prevention in San Diego

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Awareness of injury prevention in San Diego

Traumatic injury is one of the most common, yet under-recognized, medical challenges affecting the Unites States. Surprisingly, the impact on years lost is equal to that of cancer, heart disease and HIV combined. Life-threatening injuries can happen to anyone regardless of age, and many injuries can be prevented or avoided with a few safety precautions. 

Scripps Health is deeply committed to preventing injuries through our strong dedication to community planning, prevention, professional education and research.

Our approach to injury prevention

Traumatic injury is one of the leading causes of death in the US. Scripps continues to take proactive steps to prevent life-threatening injuries and improve outcomes in our community. Scripps established the Injury and Violence Prevention program in a collaborative effort between our Level 1 trauma centers at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego. This program focuses on education and outreach with the intention of creating positive change in our community.

We work closely with faculty and staff to decrease preventable death and injuries through professional education. The trauma team focuses on data-driven injury trends and evidence-based education programs to help reduce falls, prevent violence and increase traffic safety across San Diego County. With a strong commitment to research, our teams continuously study how injuries happen and look for the best preventative solutions.

Additionally, the prevention team then shares the best ideas in injury prevention as we provide presentations, participate in various committees, task forces and coalitions with other members of the injury prevention community. 

Working to prevent injury and violence in our community is a team effort. Our wide network of long-standing partnerships from state and law enforcement agencies to community-based organizations allows us to participate in community conversations with families, schools, community centers and medical professionals. Other members of the injury prevention community we collaborate with often include experts in public health, medicine, surgery, social work, psychology and patient advocacy.


Injury prevention is a multidisciplinary field requiring collaboration between clinicians, public health practitioners, researchers and community organizations. Our program offers education and training opportunities designed to connect clinical and public health experts.


Our outreach activities seek to empower citizens and give them the tools to live a life exempt from the burden of injuries. Outreach also lets us share evidence-based injury prevention discoveries with community members and policymakers with a goal of translating research into practice. 

The program is proud to serve as a shared resource for these efforts by collaborating with community-based organizations, hosting programs, providing training and much more. Our goals include:

  • Delivering innovative, high-impact, evidence-based injury prevention interventions
  • Developing injury prevention expertise within the healthcare workforce
  • Supporting community-based injury prevention efforts in San Diego County

Areas of focus to prevent injury

Our injury prevention educators have expertise in many areas — ranging from fall prevention to transportation safety.

Classes and programs

Scripps offers several classes throughout the year to help our community become stronger and safer. Search for upcoming events.

  • Bingocize — an engaging, evidence-based program that involves exercise, health education and the popular game of bingo (offered virtually and in-person) 
  • Matter of Balance — an evidence-based, 8-week program that focuses on strength, flexibility and balance
  • Older Driver Safety — addressing the unique transportation needs of older drivers, who may have changes to cognitive, physical and visual capabilities
  • Teen Driver Safety Workshop — learn the risks associated with new drivers and how to keep them as safe as possible.

Support and resources

The following additional resources offer valuable tips and guidance.