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Our History
Our purpose is to create a safe community in which to live, play, and work.
Our mission is to prevent injury, disability, and death through advocacy, education, legislation, and partnerships.

Our goals are to:
  • Increase organizational effectiveness and value to members.
  • Obtain designation for Lee County as a “Safe Community”

The Lee County Injury Prevention is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency, and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public.

About Us
The ICP is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency, and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public.

It was organized in response to problems identified in the Lee County community needs assessment conducted in the early 1990s. The assessment reported that injury prevention was the area of most need to improve the community’s health. Lee County Health Director, Dr. Judith Hartner, committed the health department in 1994 to become the lead agency to address the problem of injury in the country.

In 1995, representatives of the 31 agencies that participated in the Assessment came together and formed a coalition with the Lee County Health Department (now Florida Department of Health-Lee County representative, Glenda Wolnik, elected as the Chair. Two other leaders at that time were Alise Flanjak , Lee County Parks and Recreation, and David Kainrad, Lee County Emergency Medical Services. The Lee County Safe Kids Coalition (now Safe Kids Lee/Collier) has been an integral part of the coalition. True to her promise, Dr. Hartner funded an injury prevention department for 13 years before handing the program off to the community in 2008. At that time, Lee Emergency Medical Services and Lee Parks and Recreation provided financial support as did Attorney Bruce L Scheiner. Waterman Broadcasting delivered in-kind contributions by way of air time for injury prevention spots. Lee Heath (formerly Lee Memorial Health System) staff became a major participant in the coalition. Lee Health is the home of the region’s trauma center.

Most of those originating agencies are still active in the IPC. The coalition's injury prevention initiatives include falls prevention, fire safety, gun safety, drug abuse prevention, poison prevention, motor vehicle crash prevention, child passenger safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and water safety.

Board Members Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition
Chairperson: Mr. Brian Raimondo
Received his Bachelor Degree in Geography in 1998, and became a planner in SWFL in 1999. His focus areas are GIS, crash data, safety and transportation disadvantaged. He started attending IPC meetings in 1999, elected a Board member in 2011 and elected the IPC Chairman in January 2015 and again in January 2017. He believes agency partnerships are a necessity in injury prevention. Having lived in Lee County for 16 years he knows the unique challenges it faces. Brian and his wife Tania live on a ranch east of Punta Gorda with their two cats, two dogs and their livestock.

Vice-Chairperson: Vacant

Secretary: Mark Tesoro
Mark Tesoro has extensive experience developing and implementing complex projects and public health programs. He has more than ten years of experience coordinating clinical, research, and grant activities in the Neurology Department of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In Washington, D.C., Mark was as a Senior Analyst for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where he was responsible for coordinating the activities of national experts to establish behavioral health quality assurance standards for managed care organizations. Mark has participated in numerous peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of health related topics. Since moving to Florida he has been involved in both public and private settings and has worked with a broad spectrum of the population. He previously led the Injury Prevention Program for the Lee County Health Department, in addition to Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties. Currently, Mark is employed as an Analyst/Health Educator with the Lee Memorial Hospital Department of Trauma Services where he develops and promotes injury prevention programming throughout a five county region and drafts and supports various grant efforts. Mark is also founding member of Lee County Medical Reserve Corps.

Board members:
Syndi Bultman RN, MS, CEN
Injury Prevention Resource Coordinator, Trauma Center Lee Health
Syndi has been a resident of Lee County since 1988. She has been employed with Lee Health system as a registered nurse since then specializing in Emergency/Trauma care. Since 2003, Syndi has been active in the Injury Prevention role. She has been a member of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition since 2004 holding positions as secretary and Chairperson of the coalition. She has also been a member of the Florida Department of Health Injury Prevention Advisory Council since 2007 and in 2015 was appointed by Governor Scott to the Florida Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Advisory Council.

Former Chairperson: Lowell W. Gerson
Lowell has been a Lee County resident since 2004. He is Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and Senior Scientist, Department of Emergency Medicine at Summa Health –Akron City Hospital. Dr. Gerson is a pioneer in geriatric emergency medicine with particular interests in injury prevention and improving outcomes for older emergency department patients. He was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the South Australian Ageing Project. He was a member of the steering committee for the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury and past IPC Chair.

Diane Holm
Advisory Council, National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Diane Holm is the Founding Vice President and Past president of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, in addition to being a former Chairperson of the Lee County Drowning Prevention Task Force. While she was chairperson, the task force brought the pre-school age drownings to zero in 2005, and hosted Lee County’s first National Drowning Prevention Symposium in 2006. She encouraged formation of a statewide drowning prevention program, and the stockpiling of temporary fencing to be used around home pools following hurricanes. She produced and directed the bi-lingual video production “Prevent Drowning…Protect with Layers!” found on the IPC and other web sites. She brought the Life Jacket Loaner program to Lee County for boaters, which continues today at the city-owned Cape Coral Yacht Club boater gas pumps. Diane worked professionally in the area of drowning prevention for seven years. She continues to volunteer for the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Instructor. She also volunteers as CPR Instructor for the Edison Sailing Center, and formerly as a US Sailing Certified Dingy Level I sailing and power boating instructor.
She is accredited through FEMA as an Advanced PIO, and teaches the FEMA’s Basic Level PIO course. Her HCHP work is focused on battling obesity with healthy lifestyles including nutrition and physical activity. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Dan Moser
Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and experienced traffic safety professional who cycles, runs, and walks regularly for transportation, recreation, and fitness. Dan is also a cycling education instructor for CyclingSavvy and League of American Cyclists as well as a State of Florida Certified Driving Instructor specializing in driving assessments.

Krystalee Salgado
Krystalee has been a resident of Lee County since 2004 and a lifetime Floridian. She is the Client Relations Coordinator for the Department of Children & Families Circuit 20, which covers Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. Mrs. Salgado has worked for the Department since January 2009 and this current position since January 2013. Her job entails assisting the community with concerns, complaints and general questions in regards to all parts of DCF. She also is tasked with community prevention & awareness efforts as it relates to child and vulnerable adult safety. Mrs. Salgado is a member of the Safe Kids SWFL board, WaterSafe SWFL board and the Lee Count Infant Mortality Task Force.

Scott Strachan
Scott Strachan is a Registered Nurse with a BS in Nursing from Penn State. He has worked in a variety of hospital settings including Oncology, Hospice, Med-Surg, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Neuro ICU, and Cardiac ICU's. In 2004 Scott left the clinical hospital setting to work with Abby Services, a family owned and operated Home Health Service started by his father in 1997. He has served as the Administrator of Abby Services since that time. His responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operations and ensuring strict compliance with state mandated regulations. Scott believes in supporting public safety initiatives both professionally and personally and is proud to support the Lee County IPC and the community his business serves.

What's Important to Us? Advocacy, Education, Legislation, and Partnerships.

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