Trauma Prevention Program

Our Trauma Prevention Program is dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors and preventing unintentional injuries and deaths through intervention, education and outreach.

Developed in 2009 as an important part of our South Sacramento Level II Trauma Center, the Trauma Prevention Program focuses on partnerships, program funding and education to carry out our mission.


Kaiser Permanente partners with local community groups, government agencies and schools to make our communities safer. Some of our current partnerships include:

Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP)

In cooperation with WellSpace Health, Inc., a community health center, this program provides immediate intervention services to young people 15 to 26 who are treated at  the medical center for violent injuries. Intervention specialists provide comprehensive case management and follow-up services to injured youths for at least six months, helping them make positive life changes.

Mayor’s gang prevention task force

The City of Sacramento is addressing youth and gang –related violence and victimization through the identification and implementation of best practices and policy changes to support local practices. Strategies are based on the concept of reconnecting disconnected at-risk and gang-involved youth.

Sacramento ACEs Connection

Working together with school districts, police departments, probation, health care provides, and other community organizations, the ACEs Connection collaborative educates people in Sacramento County about Adverse Childhood Experiences and the effects of toxic stress. The goal is to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices into their work, family, community and individual lives.

Sacramento Minority Youth Violence Prevention (SMYVP) Initiative

This initiative is aimed at addressing violence as a public health issue and integrating public health and local community policing efforts in a coordinated violence prevention approach.

Program funding

Kaiser Permanente provides critical funds to community programs that promote safety and injury prevention and that reduce family and youth violence Throughout the greater Sacramento area. Current  grant recipients  addressing these issues include:

  • Always Knocking
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento
  • Community Against Sexual Harm
  • KidsFirst
  • Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center
  • My Sister’s House
  • People Reaching Out
  • ReIMAGINE Mack Road Foundation
  • Roberts Family Development Center
  • Sacramento Area Congregations Together
  • Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Sheriff’s Community Impact Program
  • Stand Up Placer
  • WellSpace Health


Programs for schools

Every 15 Minutes is an effective alcohol-prevention program that allows teens from area high schools to safely experience the consequences of underage drinking and driving. Our South Sacramento trauma physicians and staff perform realistic mock treatments on teen participants who are involved in a staged drunk-driving crash.

Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre (KPET)performs its signature school-based health and safety education program, PEACE Signs, which teaches students about healthy lifestyles, conflict resolution, violence prevention, and appropriate safety gear. KPET provides free theatrical performances throughout Northern California, including at 12 schools and community events in the greater Sacramento area in 2012, attended by more than 5,200 students and adults.

Programs for the community

Kaiser Permanente actively participates in a variety of community events focused on safety and injury prevention. Additionally, we offer many classes to the community that are designed to promote safe behaviors and prevent injuries, including CPR, home safety and fall reduction.

Programs for first responders

The Trauma Center offers Quarterly Run Review for community emergency medical services providers to go over critical trauma patients and events that they may have been involved with in the previous quarter.

For more information about Kaiser Permanente’s Trauma Prevention Program, please call (916) 478-5518.