Day 1 - November 30, 2017
Breakout Sessions Block 1
Summary: You have life-saving stories to tell. But is anyone listening? This hands-on session will show you how to build basic health messages and set you on the road to crafting effective media pitches. Attendees, working in small groups, will hone injury prevention messaging using real life examples and communication principles.
Presenter: Susy Schultz, President, Public Narrative
Bio: Susy is an editor, digital strategist, educator, writer and change agent, who has been telling stories for more than 20 years. In 2017, she was named one of the 20 most powerful women in Chicago journalism by media columnist Robert Feder. Her past titles include managing, digital and investigative editor, executive director, associate publisher, president, communications director, reporter, columnist and editorial writer. Her current title is president of Public Narrative, an organization that works with and trains both nonprofits and the media —mainstream as well as the 170-some ethnic and community news outlets in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Schultz’s career has wound her through the worlds of journalism, academia, government, foundations and nonprofits. She ran the Chicago Department of Public Health's communication department and held the title of advocacy and communications director at the Chicago Foundation for Women. She has taught journalism at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Roosevelt University. She is the founding president of the Association for Women Journalists’ Chicago chapter, a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and was president and vice president of JAWS, Journalism and Women’s Symposium.
Prescription Drug Overdose Panel
Summary -- Speakers will provide brief presentations about their work in opioid overdose prevention efforts from the viewpoints of surveillance, prescribing practices and mobilizing community prevention efforts. After presentations, the speakers will engage in a panel-style Q&A with opportunity for session attendees to ask questions.
Moderator: Dana Farley, MS, Alcohol & Drug Prevention Policy Director, Injury and Violence Prevention Section, Minnesota Department of Health
Kurt DeVine MD
Bio: Dr. Kurt Devine is a Board Certified Family Physician in Little Falls, MN. He completed his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in 1983, and his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1987. Dr. Devine then completed his Family Practice Residency at Sioux Falls Family Practice Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and began his practice in Little Falls following graduation. Currently, he continues to practice, but also has an active role in the Morrison County Drug Task Force, and Controlled Substance Care Team. The Care Team was developed to help our physicians closely monitor patients receiving narcotics, while also offering medical assisted treatment with Suboxone for prescription drug and heroin dependent patients.
Ruth Lynfield, MD State Epidemiologist and Medical Director Minnesota Department of Health
Bio: Ruth Lynfield went to medical school at Cornell University Medical College and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended in pediatric infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked at the Massachusetts State Laboratory from 1992-1997. She then joined the Minnesota Department of Health as a medical epidemiologist and was appointed State Epidemiologist in 2007 and Medical Director of the Department in 2010. She has worked on surveillance systems, and developing policy and public health recommendations.
Sarah Rinn, MPH, Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program Coordinator
Bio: Sarah Rinn, MPH, is the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program coordinator, a quality improvement effort underway to address inappropriate opioid prescribing behavior among Minnesota clinicians. She works in the Office of the Medical Director for the Minnesota Health Care Programs. This includes Minnesota’s Medicaid and CHIP programs. Her work focuses on developing evidence-based coverage policy and quality improvement mechanisms to improve the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of the care delivered to public health program enrollees.
Breakout Session Block 2
Preparing for a Career in Injury Prevention Panel
Summary: Interested in a career in injury prevention? Thinking about reinventing your career in injury prevention? Come to this panel on choosing a career in injury prevention and hear our three panelists, who represent state government, academia, and the non-profit organization sector, talk about what got them started in their current position and what their job is really like. Learn the positives and negatives from an insider. This session will be very interactive, so come prepared with questions.
Moderator: Gary Smith, MD, DrPH
Bio: Dr. Gary A. Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is one of the Injury Control Research Centers funded by the CDC. Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury for more than 30 years, and has received numerous national and international awards for his work. He has published more than 180 injury-related articles in scientific journals. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research and advocacy work focus on the prevention of injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries, and home safety. He is president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.
Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD Associate Dean for Research, University of Iowa College of Public Health; Director, Injury Prevention Research Center
Bio: Corinne Peek-Asa is the Associate Dean for Research of the University of Iowa, College of Public Health and Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center and also directs the NIH-funded International Trauma and Violence Research Training program. Dr. Peek-Asa is an injury epidemiologist and her work focuses on the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies to prevent acute traumatic injuries and violence. She is an appointed committee member of the Transportation Research Board, and she helped establish and served as the President of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. She was named a ResearchAmerica! Public Health Hero in 2010.
Becky Turpin, MA Director, Home & Community National Safety Council
Bio: Becky Turpin is the Director of Home and Community Safety for the National Safety Council. She previously worked as the Adult Injury Prevention Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and prior to that as the Injury Prevention Coordinator at both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has been a proud member of the Safe States Alliance since 2006 and currently serves as the Secretary of that organization.
Mark Kinde, Injury & Violence Prevention Section Manager
Bio: Mark has served the North Dakota and Minnesota Departments of Health in injury and violence epidemiology, surveillance, program development, implementation and evaluation since 1984. In both states, Mark helped to develop statewide traumatic brain and spinal cord injury registries and surveillance systems for both violence and unintentional injury. With the MDH, Mr. Kinde supports state and national efforts to improve data quality; to share evaluation results with states and communities; to build capacity and passion for injury and violence prevention and control on the state and local levels; and to translate data into programs and policies that reduce risk of injury and violence in communities across our state and nation.
Summary: Speakers will provide brief presentations about their work in occupational health and safety, sharing unique perspectives from prevention efforts, labor and industry, and epidemiological trends. After presentations, the speakers will engage in a panel-style Q&A with opportunity for session attendees to ask questions.
Brian Zaidman Senior Research Analyst, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Bio: Brian Zaidman is a senior research analyst with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, where he has labored industriously since 1987. During his career with DLI, Brian has studied a broad variety of workers’ compensation and workplace safety issues, including trends in worker injury characteristics, vocational rehabilitation of injured workers, medical cost containment, insurance fraud, claims settlements, safe patient handling, OSHA consultation effectiveness, mental injuries and the undercount of occupational injuries and illnesses. Brian provides research support for the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and regularly gives workshops on the basics of OSHA injury and illness log recordkeeping. Brian is a member of the Minnesota Injury and Violence Prevention Coalition, the advisory boards of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center and the Advisory Workgroup of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program.
Paul Aasen President Minnesota Safety Council
Bio: Paul Aasen is the Minnesota Safety Council's president and CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Aasen has served in the public sector as the city coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, director of government relations and policy in Governor Jesse Ventura's office, and assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Paul has also worked for Global Volunteers, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Metropolitan Council. Aasen holds a master's degree in environmental health from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health.
Bruce Alexander, PhD,
Bio: Dr. Alexander is Mayo Professor of Public Health and Head of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist with research interests in environmental determinants of cancer and respiratory disease, injury prevention and control, One Health, the health of agricultural populations, and global health. Dr. Alexander is the Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, which is dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of the people who produce our food by building interdisciplinary networks and applying a One Health for research, education, and outreach. He is also the Director of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Training Program of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
Jefferson Room (second level)
Older Adult Falls
Summary: Speakers will provide brief presentations about their work in preventing adult falls and epidemiological trends. After presentations, the speakers will engage in a panel-style Q&A with opportunity for session attendees to ask questions.
Presenter: Mary Hertel
DAY 2 - December 1, 2017
Breakout Session Block 3
Title: Distracted Driving - Taking Back Our Roads
Summary: In this session will cover the following:
1. Risk factors of using hand-held/free devices in moving vehicles
2. Distracted Driving statistics
3. Reviewing a video from the National Safety Council
4. My personal story on Distracted Driving
Presenter – Thomas Goeltz, Vice President, Risk Management Services, Hays Companies
Bio: • 30 years Risk Management/Insurance Experience • I have been with the Hays Companies since 2005 • Professional Designations/Memberships: Certified Safety Professional (CSP); authorized OSHA Construction Outreach trainer 10/30 Hour • BSE degree in Occupational Safety from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater • Advocate with the National Safety Council (NSC) - Distracted Driving
Child Injury – Pediatric Falls & Drowning
Summary -- Pediatric Falls: Window Safety: Keeping little feet on solid ground.
Presentation will cover:
· Window fall related statistics
· Types of window & challenges each present
· Window limiters vs. Window guards
· Solutions, both product and non-product related strategies to keep kids safe
Presenter – Peter Kerin, ACPC, Owner, Foresight Childproofing, Inc.
Bio: I started Foresight Childproofing in 2002 in order to help Twin Cities parents with all aspects of childproofing. In 2010 I achieved the highest industry certification of ACPC (Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer), am a board member of the IAFCS (International Assoc. for Child Safety) and a founding member of GACS (Global Alliance for Child Safety). Currently I am involved with the CPSC & ASTM in bringing about meaningful changes to both the testing and standards associated with child safety gates and cabinet latches. However, it was my experience as an at-home father of 3 that continues to motivate me. I am proud to be actively working to forward the goal of child safety in the U.S., Canada, China and throughout Europe.
Summary -- Drowning: This session focuses on drowning prevention and water safety. Come hear the Executive Director of The Josh Project describe the inspirational work they do in the Toledo, Ohio, area to provide affordable swimming lessons and water safety education to vulnerable populations. The Josh Project is addressing the well-known racial/ethnic disparities in drowning rates in the US.
Presenter: Tankeeya D. Butts, Executive Director of The Josh Project
Bio: Growing up, Tankeeya attended different 13 schools before graduating from the 12th grade. A Toledo, Ohio native who graduated from high school in San Jose, California, Tankeeya likes to believe she’s never met a stranger, only future friends. After a failed attempt of earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cal State Hayward (now Cal Sate East Bay) Tankeeya returned home to Toledo and went on to earn a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Toledo. With her degree in people and personalities, Tankeeya has held numerous positions in public service over the past 25 years. Of those, she is most proud of her current position as Executive Director of The Josh Project, the leading drowning prevention organization in the Midwest. Fueled by a passion for people and the success of others, in addition to her work with The Josh Project, Tankeeya is also a part-time Zumba instructor, mother of two adult sons and an MBA candidate at Bowling Green State University. Her aim is to find the perfect pitch that will convince every parent in the United States to teach their child how to be safe while in and around water