The Prevention Task Force looks at activities that the Council can support or be involved in that would prevent or reduce the number or severity of brain injuries in the state of Iowa. These activities over the years have included supporting legislation that would make motorcycle and bicycle helmets mandatory in the state of Iowa, support of legislation that made seat belts mandatory in Iowa and recent support for more strict child passenger restraint legislation, funding the distribution of bicycle helmets to children through the SAFE KIDS Coalitions in Iowa, and support of local initiatives that would also further the goal of preventing or reducing brain injury in Iowa.
Of particular concern to the Prevention Task Force is the fact that falls were the second most frequent cause of brain injury hospitalizations in Iowa. Falls account for about one in three brain injury hospital admissions and they occurred most frequently among the elderly. Of fall-related brain injury hospitalizations in 1999, 62 percent occurred among those aged 65 and older while persons in this age group represented just 15 percent of the Iowa population.