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Lee Health Trauma Programs

Youth Violence Prevention

Gang Awareness Training Education – G.A.T.E.

Grades K-12, adults

The G.A.T.E. program teaches lessons on gang recognition, alternatives to gangs, anger management, bullying, leadership, tolerance, victimization, drug use and abuse, firearms safety and much more.

G.A.T.E (Gang Awareness Training Education)

Youth Violence Prevention program

Grades kindergarten through high school

The GATE program can be taught in schools, after-school programs, camps and youth groups. Specially trained instructors use interactive role paly to empower kids with the skills to help them make the right choices when facing conflict such as:

  • Setting goals and sticking to them
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Peacefully resolving conflicts
  • Reaching out to adults for help
  • Taking steps to reduce stress
  • Using words and actions to help stop the cycle of bullying
  • Understand the way gangs can impact their quality of life
  • Avoiding drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

Grades K-12, adults

The Lee Health Trauma Center Injury Prevention Program and Lee County EMS want to address sports injuries with coaches, athletes and parents. This program is driven by data and endorsed by the National Athletic Trainers Association, Safe Kids Worldwide and coincides with information recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We cover a variety of sports safety topics, including concussions, hydration, over-use injuries, hyperthermia, return to play policies and more.

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough

New drivers ages 15-18

Developed by trauma nurses in an effort to prevent senseless deaths, this program is all about prevention. No matter how skilled we are at trauma care, injury still is a leading killer of people younger than age 44. We encourage parents to participate, too, and help change the attitudes of children.

Safe Drivers Education

Fatal Vision Goggles

Grades 6-12

Fatal Vision Goggles demonstrate varying degrees of blood alcohol levels and how a person reacts. Vision is distorted causing behaviors similar to those exhibited by someone under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Participants wear the goggles while performing various tasks.

Young Driver Program

Ages 15-25, Free Classes 2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 5pm-7pm

Classes are held at the AAA Fort Myers, 2516 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL

We have partnered with the Lee county Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol and AAA to host a program for young drivers. This program is designed to educate young drivers and their parents on the different legal issues involved with driving, how to stay focused on driving and the responsibilities that go along with the driving privilege. This is a supplement, not a substitute, to the Florida Driver’s Education course.

High Risk Driver Program

Program Cost is $30, Offered Once Monthly, 8am-5pm

Please bring a money order made out to LMHS. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. 

Classes are held at Gulfcoast Medical Center: 13681 Doctors Way, Fort Myers, FL .**A picture ID is required to enter the hospital**

Lee Health’s High Risk Driving program illustrates how to drive responsibly and speaks about the various outcomes that can result from reckless and careless driving.  Topics discussed in the High Risk Driver program are the many legal aspects of driving, staying focused when operating a vehicle, responsibilities that come with driving privileges, drinking while driving, drug use, drowsy driving and distracted driving.

Senior Programs

Driving Safer, Longer

Ages 65 and older

This program discusses all aspects of highway safety, including drinking and driving, safety belt use, pedestrian safety, as well as decisions about when to curtail or stop driving. We also include a section on physical fitness, including healthy walking guidelines.

Step Smart

Lee County leads the state in fall-related deaths. A community-wide initiative launched by the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, Step Smart helps seniors, their friends and families prevent falls and fall-related deaths. For more information, visit

Questions regarding any of the programs?

To find out more information or to set up a program, please contact Syndi Bultman RN, MS, CEN Injury Prevention/Resource Coordinator Trauma Services at 239-343-1617 or email [email protected].