Third Annual Childhood Injury Summit: Meeting the Challenge

Summit Sessions
Keynote Address: Meri-K Appy, President, Safe Kids USA
Strategies, Trends and Emerging Issues in Childhood Injury Prevention: A National Perspective
Over the past 25 years, we've made enormous progress in reducing unintentional injuries among children. What are the critical strategies that have brought us this far and how do they apply to our increasingly culturally diverse, resource-strapped communities? Safe Kids USA President Meri-K Appy will provide a national perspective on trends and emerging issues based on more than two decades of leadership and will help us examine effective strategies that meet 21st century challenges.

Minnesota Childhood Injury Data: Behind the Numbers
Mark Kinde, MPH, Unit Leader, Epidemiologist Supervisor, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, Minnesota Department of Health; Thomas Horan, Professor and Dean, Claremont Graduate University; Research Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Part 1 of this session will highlight the latest childhood unintentional injury data and trends, with an emphasis on rural safety issues. In Part 2, learn about a just-completed pilot test of Crash Help, a new tool that provides an advanced communications link between emergency responders and hospitals.

Top 10 List: The Best Childhood Injury Articles of the Year
Thomas Hellmich, MD, University of MN Amplatz Children's Hospital, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Andrew W. Kiragu, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care, Hennepin County Medical Center
A highly-interactive (and entertaining) review of ten top articles about childhood unintentional injury, featuring compelling research in the areas of child-parent dynamics, child development, underserved populations, data trends, and emerging technologies.

A Parent's Promise
Katey Taylor, President and Co Founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation
Speaking as an educator, an advocate and a parent who lost her child to a preventable injury, Katey Taylor will discuss the work of Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in providing education and promoting pool safety. She will offer unique insights into lessons learned about effectively reaching the public, achieving policy change and creating a safer environment in which our children can play.

The Culture of Sport and Preventing Injuries to Young Athletes
Paul Bruning, MN ATC, Clinic Manager, Summit Orthopedics; Brent Millikin, M.Ed., ATC, Manager of Sports Medicine Services, Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists and President, Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association; Heather Bergeson, M.D., FAAP, CAQ, Sports Medicine & Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician, TRIA Orthopaedic Center
A multidisciplinary panel will take an in-depth look at the data, trends and barriers to reducing sports-related injuries to young athletes, including the existing culture of sports. Attendees will also learn about Minnesota's new concussion legislation and proposed future interventions to make sports safety education an integral part of children's sports programs.

Peer Pressure: Beyond Popular Perception
Colleen Gengler, Extension Educator in Family Relations and Professor, University of Minnesota Extension
As children grow and face life away from parents' control, peers become more important as well as influential in shaping behavior. Learn about the dynamics of peer pressure, both negative and positive, the role it plays in the safety of children, tweens, and young teens, and how it fits into prevention work as a whole. Participants will be challenged to think about how parents still have influence and what that means for their work. Practical tools, strategies, and resources for professionals to use with parents will be included.

Adult Literacy and Childhood Injury: Are Parents Getting the Message?
Alex Crittenden, PhD, Reading Faculty, Century College; Meri-K Appy, President, Safe Kids USA
This interactive session will look at how to communicate so that parents and other caregivers with low literacy levels or limited command of English will better understand how to protect their children from injury.



Safe Kids Minnesota Minnesota Safety Council Minnesota Department of Health


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services for Children Council Hennepin County Medical Center
Johnson & Johnson Level 1 Trauma Center for Children University of Minnesota