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Trauma Research & Education Foundation (TREF)

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Our Mission

The Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF) is dedicated to reducing the number of trauma related deaths and injuries in San Diego County through awareness, education, prevention programs, and associated research programs.

TREF is Committed

Through research, advocacy, community collaboration, fund development, and focusing efforts on research informed interventions and programs, TREF demonstrates stewardship to the San Diego County Regional Trauma System through our commitment to trauma, burn, and injury prevention and to state of the art trauma medicine. San Diego’s Regional Trauma system consists of six hospitals and trauma centers and one Regional Burn Center; Palomar Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital- La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and UC San Diego Health and serves the residents and visitors of San Diego County, and advancing the field of Trauma Medicine locally, nationally and internationally.

TREF is dedicated and passionate about trauma and injury prevention, exemplary trauma response and treatment, and physical and emotional rehabilitation for victims of trauma and their families. TREF’s core purpose is to educate, train, and inspire medical professionals, emergency response teams, community groups and schools, and the public in ways that help people lead healthy active lives, and that save lives and reduce traumatic injuries due to preventable causes.

TREF is Accountable

TREF’s stewardship report highlights our collaborative trauma and injury prevention efforts, including successes and opportunities against measurable goals. Highlighting momentum on many fronts, as well as identifying future areas of work, and by measuring our efforts, we hold ourselves accountable for making continuous progress. We believe that by being collaborative, judicious with funding, diligent, and transparent in all our efforts, we can continue to learn and improve in our efforts, and make a meaningful contribution to the broader effort.

For more information, contact TREF President, Kathi Ayers, RN,

Join Us

Our members and collaborative partners share our commitment to stewardship and to making a difference in the lives of those who live in San Diego County and beyond. We invite our communities to read about and join our current efforts to reduce distracted and impaired driving, particularly for teens, through TREF’S Drive Attentively San Diego, as well as to prevent injurious falls particularly for the elderly through collaborative efforts with the San Diego County Fall Prevention Task Force. Our new pilot program also promotes the increase helmet use in bicycle and wheeled sports for children and youth through Helmets for All, a collaboration with the El Cajon Fire Department.

On-going and past efforts have included incorporation of bicycle safety into pit stops for San Diego’s Bike to Work Day, pilot efforts to survey and train sports coaches on concussion recognition and response, and use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Heads Up” Concussion in High School Sports coaches’ toolkit, Regional Domestic Violence Training for health professionals, and a statewide Ladder Safety Campaign delivered through retail outlets in conjunction with the Trauma Managers Association of California. Drive Attentively San Diego (DASD) DASD is organized by TREF of the San Diego County Regional Trauma System, with essential support and active participation of multiple community partners. Agencies are combining efforts to save lives and reduce the preventable and tragic vehicle crash injuries related to cell phone use, speeding, drinking and driving, not wearing seat-belts, misuse or non-use of child safety seats, lack of experience, and decisions drivers often make without fully understanding the possible consequences. Through TREF’s interactive “Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel, and Mind on Driving” intervention events and education, teen drivers and their parents, adult drivers including those with young children, and senior drivers will be empowered to enjoy the drive by driving attentively! In response to, and in remembrance of, the many teens who have lost their lives or have been severely injured in vehicle crashes in San Diego County over the recent months, TREF also convened and populated a special Safe Teen Driving Council; a community task force that is concentrating and focusing efforts on attentive driving for teens. In addition to the six San Diego County Regional Trauma Centers, the TREF Safe Teen Driving Council includes representatives from the San Diego Police and Sheriffs Departments, the California Highway Patrol, Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA), Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), ThinkFirst–Sharp on Survival, Ford Driving Skills for Life, the Pacific Safety Council, Victims Against Street Racing, DriveCam, the San Dieguito Union High School District, North Coastal Prevention Coalition, Teens for Teen Safety, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Watch Prevention in Practice video.

Watch Home Safety Makeover in a Day video. A 2012 professionally produced video filmed in the home of The Wallace's, a San Diego family whose personal tragedy prompted them to partner with the Trauma Research Education Foundation (TREF) and SafeKids to help prevent childhood injury.