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Summit Sessions

Childhood Injury in Minnesota
Commissioner Edward Ehlinger,MD, MSPH, Minnesota Department of Health
Dr. Ehlinger will highlight childhood injury topics and trends in Minnesota.
      Leading Causes of Injury and Death, Ages 0-19, Minnesota, 2004-2013

A National Perspective on Childhood Injury: Data, Issues and Trends
Julie Gilchrist,MD, pediatrician and medical epidemiologist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta What's happening nationally with childhood injury and how does it differ from our experience in Minnesota? What issues are emerging? What questions are being asked? Hear directly from Dr. Julie Gilchrist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. Dr. Gilchrist, the author of recent widely-reported research on racial/ethnic disparities in drownings among children and young adults, will explore leading causes of fatal and non-fatal injury among America's children, who is at greatest risk and why. Learn about current efforts in childhood injury and the new insights and strategies that have resulted. Dr. Gilchrist will also discuss resources available for use at the state and local levels.

Dr. Gilchrist has been at the CDC since 1997. In her current work, she is responsible for research and programs in drowning prevention, water safety promotion, and sports and recreation-related injury prevention, as well as other issues primarily affecting children, including choking, suffocation, and poisoning.

The Culture of Rural Childhood Injury: Issues and Insights
Marizen Ramirez, MPH, PhD, associate professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health and associate director of science for the university's Injury Prevention Research Center

While more than half of Minnesota's population lives in the Twin Cities metro area, most of our state is rural — and you don't have to go far to get there! This session will explore "rurality" and associated factors and disparities that impact childhood injury prevention. Presenter Marizen Ramirez, PhD, will highlight her research on interventions developed for rural children, such as safe play areas for children on farms, a teen driving educational program, and disaster preparation for rural families with children who have disabilities. She will also discuss current research on ATV and farm equipment injuries among children and youth, and the use of "psychological first aid" for parents devastated by an injury to their child.

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (UI IPRC) is one of 10 injury "Centers of Excellence" funded by the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The UI IPRC's primary goal is to control and prevent injuries, especially in rural communities.

Champion of Child Safety Award Presentation
Recognizing outstanding work in preventing childhood injury.
      2014 Champion of Child Safety - Diana Van Wormer, Regions Hospital

Communicating Effectively with Kids: What's the Trick?
Brian Richards, 4 Ace Productions
Reaching kids effectively with safety messages requires understanding what engages them and keeps their attention. Get a practical demonstration of helpful principles that can be applied to safety events and presentations, online activities and other resources. Magician Brian Richards has been providing educational programs to children of all ages for more than 20 years. He will discuss key elements in communicating with children, including how to modify material based on age-specific variables. You'll be part of the action as Brian illustrates those concepts by performing segments of a safety-related program. Be prepared to be educated and entertained!

Brian Richards' specialty is combining educational messages with quality entertainment through programs geared to schools, safety camps and numerous other settings. He has worked previously as a child counselor and in public safety.

Assessing and Achieving Cultural Competence
Mary Beth Dahl, RN, Program Manager, Culture Care Connection, Stratis Health

Cultural competence is critical for individuals and organizations, but how do you get there? In this interactive session, Mary Beth Dahl will provide insights, tools and resources to support both interpersonal and program level effectiveness. Explore culture basics, including perceptions of time, space and other key elements affecting our interactions with others, and hear various cultural perspectives directly via video. You'll have the opportunity to assess your knowledge of different cultures in Minnesota, and to identify how your own cultural norms impact communication, particularly with those who have differing norms and values. Learn about resources and tools that can help your organization function effectively within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors and needs of the people you serve.

Mary Beth Dahl is a certified professional in health care quality. As the leader of the Culture Care Connection, Mary Beth works with public health agencies and other organizations throughout Minnesota to help them achieve their cultural competence goals. She also is involved in many health care coalitions, including the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership.

Spotlight on Promising Practices
Hear directly from colleagues who are involved with promising projects, programs, policies or activities that you can potentially replicate. Their practices will be on display all day as poster sessions, but in this segment you'll get an overview from each presenter, followed by the opportunity to pick their brains. These peer-selected practices can provide you with concepts, information, concrete tools – and inspiration!
2014 Promising Practices:
Campfire Safety Skit – Shonette Doggett, Regions Hospital
Dive Safe, Save Lives Multilingual Videos – Gail Weinholzer, AAA MN/IA
Prevention of TV/Furniture Tip-overs – Carma Hanson, Safe Kids Grand Forks
Teen Safe Driving PSA Contest – Cyndy Bayer, WI West Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council
Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum – Michelle Breidenbach, Safe Routes to School
Attendee Responses to Discussion Questions