Trauma Prevention Program

As Minnesota's first Level 1 Trauma Center, HCMC is not only committed to the treatment of trauma patients but to providing patients, clients, and the broader community with proactive trauma prevention programs. Since 1989, HCMC has been providing these programs in collaboration with schools, community groups and other healthcare providers.

HCMC’s Trauma Prevention programs address injuries that may occur at any age. Working in collaboration with other safety oriented coalitions and partners; our staff provides both direct education as well as technical assistance to the other health care providers and community groups to address their specific injury concerns.

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Trauma Prevention Programs

  • Child passenger Safety
  • Teen Drive Smart Challenge
  • Worksite Traffic Safety Challenge
  • Home Safety
  • Bike Safety
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids
  • Safe Kids of Hennepin County
  • Think First Injury Prevention Program
  • ECHO- Emergency Community Health Outreach Partnership


For more information on HCMC’s Prevention program, contact the program coordinator, Julie Philbrook, via email at or by phone at 612-873-8500

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Julie Philbrook, RN, MAN, MAL, has been a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center for more than 30 years. She has a masters degrees in Leadership and Nursing from Augsburg College and has worked in the field Trauma Prevention more then 23 years. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Staff Nurse in the HCMC Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

Julie has been the state coordinator for the THINK FIRST Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention program for 23 years. She has planned and coordinated countless injury programs including bike rodeos, high school mock car crashes, worksite programs, and car seat safety events. She has received several prevention grants; including a four-year Robert Wood Johnson funded Injury Free Coalition for Kids project grant. She was one of the first child passenger safety technician instructors in the nation and a founding member of the MN Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board.

In 2001, Julie was honored by her peers with the first Minnesota Injury Prevention Professional Award. In 2012, she was recognized again with the MN Champions of Child Safety Award. Other awards include the HCMC Excellence in Nursing Award, the AAA Minneapolis Safety Hero Award and the Hennepin County Star Performer Service Improvement Award.


Philbrook, J.K., Franke- Wilson, N.A. The effectiveness of a peer lead smart driving campaign on high school students’ driving habits. Journal of Trauma. (2009) 2009:67 (1):S67-69.

Philbrook, J.K., Kiragu, A.W., Geppert, J.S., Graham, P. R., Richardson, L.M., Kriel, R.L. Pediatric injury prevention: Methods of booster seat education. (2009) Pediatric Nursing.35 (4):215-220.

Philbrook, J.K., The effectiveness of a peer lead smart driving campaign on high school students’ driving habits. Approaches in Critical Care.(2010) 2010:4.12-15.

Philbrook, J.K.(2011), Injury Prevention for Infants and Children Family Members; Encyclopedia of Family Health; Craft-Rosenberg & Pehler (ed). Sage Publications Thousand Oaks, CA.

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