Covenant HealthCare’s Efforts to Reduce Trauma in Our Communities

The Covenant Trauma Department Injury Prevention Program believes they have a responsibility to reduce unnecessary trauma in our communities. According to the CDC, drownings were at an all-time high in 2020 at 173 deaths. Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children 1-4 years of age and the 2nd leading cause of death for those under 15. Drownings can happen anywhere, anytime and in a manner of seconds.

Michigan has an abundance of lakes and water recreational areas. Water sports and activities are easily accessible and economically friendly. Cost and availability of lifejackets can be a barrier to utilizing life jackets. Lifejacket stations have been established to help improve availability.

A grant was obtained through the State of Michigan to cover the cost of 200 lifejackets. Covenant Trauma Program participated in community and hospital-based events teaching water safety and raffling lifejackets. The team visited inpatient pediatric patients providing water safety education as well as lifejackets if needed. They also supplied/ replaced jackets at 14 different beaches, campgrounds and community pools and worked with five State Parks to establish lifejacket stations for their 1.5 million visitors each year. The program secured further funding for 2022 through the Covenant Kids Fund with the Covenant HealthCare Foundation to increase water safety awareness.

For more information about the Covenant Injury Prevention Program, contact Laura Walker at 989-583-7451.