North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council

During Fall Quarter 2017, we noticed that there were four people from the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area enrolled in the online version of the SAIL Program Leader training.  We learned that an evidence-based fall prevention program called “A Matter of Balance” had been disseminated in this region, but people were wondering how they could encourage older adults to continue with an exercise program after completing A Matter of Balance.

Lynn Kubic was one of those who completed the online version of the SAIL training.  Lynn is a cardiac rehabilitation tech and a fall prevention specialist at Medical City Plano in Plano, Texas.  She manages the community fall prevention programs which at that time included A Matter of Balance and a Tai Chi program.  Lynn established a SAIL Program to complement the fall prevention offerings for older adults.  Lynn’s SAIL Program currently serves 30 older adults, and has 10 more on a waiting list to enter the program.

We were recently contacted by Courtney Edwards, DNP, MPH, RN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN, NEA-BC who is the Trauma Outreach Education, Injury Prevention, and Research Manager at the Rees-Jones Trauma Center for the Parkland Health & Hospital System.  Courtney is the chairperson of the fall coalition in her region.  She told us they had noticed that several people associated with the fall coalition had taken the online version of the SAIL Program Leader training and had adopted the program with great success.  The members of the fall coalition were wondering… would it be possible to bring an onsite SAIL Program Leader training to the Dallas / Fort Worth area?  Would it be affordable?

The answer was… YES! 

And so we recently traveled to Arlington, Texas to provide an onsite SAIL Program Leader training as guests of the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.  We will continue to work with key stakeholders in the coming months to develop Certified Trainers for SAIL Program Leaders, which will enable the Council to conduct their own onsite training.

The North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) is an organization designed to facilitate the development, implementation, improvement, and sustainment of comprehensive trauma, acute, and emergency healthcare systems based on accepted standards of care to decrease morbidity and mortality.  The mission of the NCTTRAC is to promote and coordinate a system of quality trauma, acute, and emergency healthcare preparedness in North Central Texas.

For more information about the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, visit their website at:  https://ncttrac.org

For more information regarding SAIL Programs in North Central Texas, contact Courtney Edwards at:   courtney.edwards@phhs.org