Shawn Bowker wins statewide Injury Prevention Achievement Award

Shawn Bowker BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, has received the Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) 2024 Injury Prevention Achievement Award for initiating and delivering a wide variety of injury prevention and harm reduction programs across northern Arizona.

The ADHS Trauma Awards honor seven professionals who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership and performance in the Arizona trauma system.

Bowker is NAH’s Trauma Services injury prevention/outreach/research coordinator and has been with NAH for almost 27 years. She holds a position on the Trauma and EMS Performance Improvement Committee and has been a Northern Arizona EMS (NAEMS) representative for the State Trauma Advisory Board.

Her major injury prevention project areas include fall prevention, motor vehicle safety, domestic violence and child abuse, ATV safety, bicycle safety and Stop the Bleed. In these areas, Bowker has gone above and beyond to research community statistics and prevention measures, and has made huge strides educating our community and reducing injuries in northern Arizona.

Bowker has overseen several donation projects that ensure organizations throughout the community are equipped with the tools and resources they need to provide a safe environment, such as working with NAH Philanthropy to provide Bleeding Control Stations to all schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), and a harm reduction vending machine at the Flagstaff Emergency Department that is stocked with free Naloxone kits and fentanyl testing strips.

Bowker has initiated two fall prevention programs, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and A Matter of Balance, both of which are designed to strengthen muscles and improve balance among vulnerable members of the community. She has also partnered with local citizens, FUSD and the Coconino County Attorney’s Office to provide education about the dangers of substance use and distracted driving to high school juniors and seniors just before prom and graduation.

Bowker continues to promote injury prevention by becoming a certified Quail Kids Program trainer, where she will teach children the importance of off highway vehicle (OHV) safety procedures, presenting Child Passenger Safety education at community events, like the Flagstaff Festival of Science and Anchors Aweigh to Health, and volunteering at Night to Shine and Safe Kids Coalition events.