2012 Summer Listening Tour

From June through September 2012, the Indiana State Department of Health held a statewide Trauma Listening Tour. Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff, along with local stakeholders, held “open house” style meetings in all 10 Indiana public health preparedness districts for Hoosiers to learn more about trauma, learn how state and local agencies currently respond to trauma, learn how a trauma system could help the state and, most importantly, gather personal stories of how trauma has affected those in Indiana.

Traumatic injury is the No. 1 killer of Hoosiers under the age of 45; the same is true across the country and worldwide. Injury is the fifth most common killer of Hoosiers of all ages. Traumatic injuries kill young people in the prime of their lives, impacting society as a whole in health costs, lost productivity, and emotional distress.

Injury prevention campaigns have gone a long way to decrease trauma deaths, but there is more that can be done. Indiana is one of only nine states without an integrated statewide trauma system. Indiana has elements of a statewide trauma system, such as emergency medical services (EMS) providers, trauma centers and a trauma registry. The State Health Department wants to work with the public and its many stakeholders to advance Indiana towards a formal trauma system.

Where trauma systems are in place, they save lives. When trauma patients are transported, by ground or by air, to trauma centers, the preventable death rates drop by 15-30 percent. Trauma systems correctly identify patients who need trauma care, anticipate needed resources for trauma treatment, route patients to the correct facility, and improve care through a quality improvement process.

Below were the dates and location of each stop on the Trauma Listening Tour. The public were invited to attend at any time from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and talk with the State Health Department Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention staff and local stakeholders. There was a brief presentation followed by a question & answer session. The open-house style meeting also had information and displays staffed by state and local trauma experts. 

Continuing Education

*Three hours of continuing education credit were available for the following who attended the Summer Listening Trauma Tour Sessions:

  • First Responder
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Advanced
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Coroners
  • Deputy Coroners

Summer Trauma Listening Tour Dates

Stop 1: District 10 (Knox, Daviess, Martin, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Crawford, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Perry counties)
Date: Monday June 4, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library
                Central Library
                200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
                Evansville, IN 47713

Stop 2: District 7 (Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Sullivan and Greene counties)
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Landsbaum Center for Health Education
                1433 N. 6 1/2 Street
                Terre Haute, IN 47807

Stop 3: District 1 (Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and LaPorte counties)
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Central)
Location: Woodland Park in Portage
                2100 Willowcreek
                Portage, IN 46368

Stop 4: District 3 (LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, Dekalb, Whitley, Allen, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Wells and Adams counties)
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Public Safety Academy
                7602 Patriot Crossing
                Fort Wayne, IN 46816

Stop 5: District 2 (St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Pulaski and Fulton counties)
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph County Public Library
                304 South Main Street
                South Bend, IN 46601

Stop 6: District 9 (Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ripley, Dearborn, Scott, Jefferson, Ohio, Switzerland, Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties)
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Mid America Science Park
                821 South Lake Road South
                Scottsburg, IN 47170

Stop 7: District 4 (Benton, Warren, White, Cass, Carroll, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Montgomery and Fountain counties)
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds
                1010 Teal Road
                Lafayette IN, 47905
                Home Economics Building

Stop 8: District 6 (Howard, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Tipton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Rush, Fayette and Union counties)
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Fairgrounds
                1210 N. Wheeling Ave.
                Muncie, IN 47303

Stop 9: District 8 (Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, Lawrence, Jackson, Orange and Washington counties)
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Columbus Learning Center
                4555 Central Avenue, 
                Columbus, Indiana 47203

Stop 10: District 5 (Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson and Shelby counties)
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 4:30-7:30
Location: Fort Harrison State Park
                6002 North Post Road
                Indianapolis, Indiana 46216
                Garrison Conference Center

Additional Information

Key highlights of trauma and injury prevention for the state of Indiana are:

  • Injury is the No. 1 killer of Hoosiers under the age of 45 and the No. 5 killer of Hoosiers of all ages.
  • Problems posed by injury are most acute in our rural areas.
  • A major way that states address the problem of trauma is through the design, implementation and oversight of a statewide trauma system. The ISDH has that statutory responsibility in Indiana.
  • Bad things happen where state trauma systems are not in place; where trauma systems exist, they save lives. Trauma systems lower preventable death rates by as much as 25-30 percent.
  • Indiana has in place several elements of a statewide trauma system, but we don’t yet have what can honestly be described as a “system.” Other challenges with our current approach to trauma include:
    • We don’t have enough EMS providers, especially in rural areas.
    • There aren’t enough trauma centers.
    • At the state level, not all components of the trauma system are located in the same state agency.