Monday, December 6, 2021

Keith Dameron and new officers to lead Collier Injury Prevention Coalition

Keith Dameron, Vice President with IBERIABANK  has been named Chair of the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition, Mike Reagen, Coalition Chair Emeritus, announced today.

“Dameron is an obvious choice to move the Coalition forward,” Reagen said.

“He is the organizer and driving force behind several very successful bank and community initiatives including the Health “PLUS” Medical Lecture Series, the “In The Round” Lecture Series” which presents a diverse array of speakers discussing current events and trends plus conducts community Shred Parties which have netted over 93 tons of shredded material from area businesses and residents. He is an active volunteer who was honored in 2009 as Marco Island’s ‘Volunteer of the Year.’ Since 2001, he has served as a Board Member for 10 non-profit organizations and on numerous committees,” Reagen said.

The Coalition is composed of over 20 agency professionals whose organizations in one manner or another are dedicated to preventing injuries. Included are protective service personnel [Sheriff, FDs] bike riding organizations, and senior advocates. The model for the Collier Coalition is the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, a program of the Regional Trauma Center [RTC], Lee Memorial Health Care System.

In the past 12 months, The Coalition, assisted by Arthrex,  sponsored an extensive campaign targeting in-home falls as a major cause of serious injuries among seniors in Collier County featuring a multi-faceted campaign with guest commentaries in the Naples Daily News, PSAs in the Broadcast media, and information forums offered to home-owners associations, civic and church groups, etc. AARP-Florida and others agreed to supply printed materials.

Coalition co-chair, Michael Wynn, CEO, Sunshine Ace Hardware, produced a 9 minute video titled “Step Smart in Naples” and created a website that identifies key products helpful in preventing in-home falls, has set-up special displays in seven Sunshine Ace Hardware stores and produced 1000 in-home audit booklets that includes discount coupons.  Jaclynn Faffer, President of the Jewish Family and Community Services which sponsors the Naples Senior Center, and Lydia Galton, civic leader  Co-Chaired the Coalition’s “Step Smart Naples” campaign.

Lee Memorial Health Care System’s Regional Trauma Center trained 10 speakers who are equipped with materials, key lights and “Step Smart Naples” videosfor area presentations. The Naples Senior Center  helped arrange for six special presentations. AARP-Florida provided seven hundred home improvement guides which were distributed to the Brookdale Center, NCH; Physicians Regional Healthcare System and the Collier County Health Dept. Waterman Broadcasting produced a PSA sponsored by Sunshine Ace Hardware and Waterman which ran 100 times on ABC-TV and NBC-TV during March and April and Walgreens Pharmacies produced information about medications and fall-prevention.

“It is important that the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition continue to build upon the  highly successful “Step Smart” campaign in the months ahead,” Dameron said.

“The National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS May 2015] reported that “unintentional injuries accounted for 85% of all injury deaths among adults aged 65 and over in the USA with 55% of these deaths of seniors due to falls,” Dameron said.

Co-Chairing the Coalition with Dameron are Michael Wynn, President, Sunshine Ace Hardware Stores, Past Chair, The Chamber; Chair of “Step Smart Naples”; Board Member, Moorings Park, and Jaclynn Faffer, President and CEO of the Jewish Family and Community Services of SWFL which sponsors the Naples Senior Center.

Coalition Leadership Team members include Jorge Aguilera, Deputy Chief, NNFRD;  Mark Tesoro, Educator & Analyst, Regional Trauma Center, Lee Memorial Healthcare System;  Lydia Galton, 2015 Woman of Initiative, Community Foundation; Past President, League of Women Voters, Past Pres. Naples Botanical Center, Co-Chair “Step Smart Naples”; Jeff Lytle, Retired Opinion Editor Naples Daily News and previous Host, Newsmakers TV Program and Mike Reagen who will  liaison with AARP-Florida and the RTC Advisory Board.

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