TASK FORCES

ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.

FALLS PREVENTION

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury as well as the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in those ages 65 and up. About 35% of people 65+ fall each year. The economic impact of falls is staggering, with costs related to fatal and non-fatal injuries totaling more than $30 billion a year just among people 65 and older.

DRUG OVERDOSE & POISONING PREVENTION

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that since 2000, the U.S. rate from drug overdose deaths involving opioids has increased from 2.1 per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 8.8 per 100,000 in 2014. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in 40 – 60 year olds in Tarrant County and overdose deaths have risen >20% from 2010 to 2011. Of the 571 poisonings treated at Cook Children’s in 2011, 79% were medicinal.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Fires, floods, tornados, and human threats put individuals, organizations, and businesses at risk. Preparing for disasters mitigates their impacts on vulnerable populations and permits appropriate disaster responses, while also speeding recovery.

ROAD SAFETY

There are more than 430 miles of roads in Tarrant County that are shared by automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians. Distracted driving, signage, road conditions and awareness affect the saftey of everyone who uses these roads.

CARDIAC EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Persons of all ages can suffer from a cardiac emergency. Preparedness is key to respond timely and save lives through CPR, AED use and advanced healthcare technologies.