Community Involvement

Take 5 to Stay AliveThe Broward County Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, participates in public safety education outreach campaigns to help prevent unnecessary deaths in our community.

In May 2012, Broward County partnered with the Broward Regional Emergency Medical Services Council and numerous other community partners and sponsors, to launch an education outreach campaign against the dangers of texting and driving. Campaign spokesperson is Formula Race Car Driver and 2012 Western High School honors graduate, Gabby Chaves.

In campaign ads, Chaves – one of the youngest and most talented drivers on today’s racing circuit – urges all drivers but most especially teen drivers to “Take 5 to Stay Alive,” or take a break from driving and pull off the road to use their cell phone. Drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event than those who refrain from this dangerous behavior.

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Put Babies on their backs to sleep.Broward County joined forces with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc. for an educational outreach campaign to put an end to babies dying due to unsafe sleep environments.

In October 2011, public service announcements on Broward County Transit buses urged parents and caretakers to “Put Babies on Their Backs to Sleep ” with no toys, pillow or loose blankets. The message was also part of a campaign on, and broadcast during County Commission meetings.

An unsafe sleeping environment for babies can result in infant mortality from asphyxia, smothering or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For more information, contact Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County at 954-765-0550 or visit