4th Annual Minnesota Childhood Injury Summit, September 20, 2012

Summit Sessions

State of the State: Unintentional Childhood Injury in Minnesota
Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
Everyone — health care providers, educators, parents and community members— has a part to play in preventing injury among children. Even though we've seen child injury death rates decrease 29% in the last decade, injury is still the leading cause of death for children. Minnesota's Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, will summarize state data, noting successes, gaps and opportunities for action. He will also share highlights from the Center for Disease Control's 2012 National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention, including resources to make our jobs easier as we move forward together.

Stages of Child Development: Are Your Tactics on Target?
Dr. Andrew Barnes, Assistant Professor Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Physicians
Children's safety is a "moving target" because of the rapid changes that take place in their brains and bodies as they grow. Their cognitive, social, and physical skills determine which hazards they will encounter and how they will deal with them. To "meet them where they are at" preventively requires learning about and anticipating their stage of development. This highly-interactive session will review these stages and provide ways to quickly assess developmental level in order to support effective prevention efforts.

Communicating Safety Across the Generations
Bob Filipczak, Social Media Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Parents of various ages and grandparents are critical audiences for childhood injury messages. However, different age groups are likely to respond differently to the same message. The generation in which people are born significantly influences their beliefs, values, life skills and the types of messages that will resonate with them. This session will profile three generations — Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials — and explore how to communicate effectively with cross-generational audiences.

Cultural Competence: Insights into American Indian Culture
Monte Fox, Deputy Director, Office of Indian Policy, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Connie Berg, Director, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Gaining cultural competence is the process of understanding how values, beliefs, attitudes and traditions influence our behavior and interactions with others. This session will help us gain new ideas on how to enhance our work in cross-cultural situations. It will look specifically at understanding the "cultural glue" of American Indians and the protections needed to strengthen the bond that holds our native families together. Attendees will also learn about childhood injury prevention challenges, programs and opportunities within the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Injuries Hurt, Safety Doesn't: A Firsthand Account
Gabby Taylor, 2012 Miss Teen Minnesota
In December 2009 Gabby Taylor's life changed in an instant when her right arm was paralyzed by a cheerleading injury. As Miss Teen Minnesota, Gabby has made it her goal to educate youth, parents and coaches about sports safety. Hear her story and learn what she's doing to reach and teach young athletes across the state. You'll be inspired!

Using Storytelling Skills to Reach Children and Families
Mike Mann, Storyteller, Founder, Center for Imagination
Everyone loves a well told story. Storytelling is an important communications tool that can build bridges to the people around us. Take part in a series of fun, explorative activities that will provide practical guidelines and story pattern templates for use in your prevention efforts. Learn how to apply storytelling skills to create interest, convey key points and support meaningful, effective communication with children, families and the media.

It Takes a Village: Effective Coalition in Action
Jill Chamberlain, Project Manager Community Initiatives, Center for Prevention, Blue Cross Blue Shield
The concept of Safe Routes to School is simple: Where it's safe to walk or bike, encourage kids to do so. And where it isn't safe, make it safe. But simple does not mean easy. Four years ago, a small band of people representing different organizations and agendas began talking about this crucial area of child safety. From there we have seen local initiatives grow, advanced a legislative agenda, and created a statewide network, integrating education, enforcement, engineering and emergency response. Learn how this holistic collaboration model can be applied to your own work with children, families and communities.

Learning to Live with Program Evaluation — and Liking It, Too
Dr. Jean King, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota
Despite the fact that people engage in evaluation on a daily basis — for example, when critiquing restaurant entrees or purchasing consumer products — many people secretly fear program evaluation, concerned that its consequences may somehow prove onerous or even disastrous in their setting. Psychological researchers have even identified a condition called extreme evaluation anxiety, and one well-known evaluator jokes about "pre-evaluation stress syndrome." But have no fear. This session will detail the positive outcomes of evaluation by providing an overview of this growing field, including competing frameworks for evaluative thinking, standard steps in comprehensive evaluation planning and implementation, and creative ways to report evaluation results.

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