Breakout Sessions

Day 1 - November 30, 2017 - 8:00am—5:30pm

Block 1 - 10:30am—12:00pm

Communications Breakout - Salon A

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 - Salon C

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

Bio: Dana Farley is the Alcohol & Drug Prevention Policy Director for the Injury and Violence Prevention Section and the Minnesota Department of Health. He provides substance abuse policy leadership, planning, and content expertise throughout the Department of Health. He is also a member of the state Opioid Prescribing Work Group. He had a joint appointment with the School of Public Health and Boynton Health Service from 2001-2013 before joining Health Department.  He has been working in drug education/prevention since 1988 with experience working in Community Mental Health as an outpatient counselor, program coordinator, and agency director. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.


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.

Dr. Kurt Devine Presentation (PDF)

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.

Ruth Lynfield Presentation (PDF)

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.

Sarah Rinn Presentation (PDF)

Block 2 - 1:30pm—3:00pm

Preparing for a Career in Injury Prevention Panel - Salon A

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.

Occupational Heath - Salon C

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.

Brain Zaidman Presentation (PDF)

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.

Dr. Marizen Ramirez, Injury Epidemiologist in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Bio: Dr. Marizen Ramirez is an injury epidemiologist in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her research is focused on the evaluation of injury and violence prevention and intervention strategies (policies, education-based and engineering solutions) to prevent injuries and their adverse impacts. She uses epidemiologic methods to develop and evaluate interventions programs and policies, such as lighting and marking policies used on agricultural equipment on public roadways and parent-based interventions to prevent teen motor vehicle crashes. Dr. Ramirez is also conducting new research on cyber communications to understand the network and language of cyberbullying— foundational research that will lead develop interventions to prevent cyberbullying. Her research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, the US Department of Agricultural, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

Older Adult Falls - Jefferson Room (second level)

Summary:  Falls are a leading cause of injury and injury related death in older adults. First, hear from Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologists as they share fall-related mortality and hospital-treated falls. Next, Mary Hertel, of the Minnesota Board on Aging, will discuss the Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program, a two-year grant to increase access to fall prevention programs and create prevention program networks. After presentations, speakers are available for questions from session attendees. 


Mary Hertel, RN Healthy Aging and Senior Nutrition Coordinator Minnesota Board on Aging

Bio: Mary is an RN with over 10 years’ experience in evidence based health promotion programs including community based fall prevention programs. She is the state lead at the Minnesota Board on Aging for Older Americans Act funded senior nutrition, evidence-based Health Promotion and the co-lead for the statewide Minnesota Falls Prevention Coalition. Mary is a Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls and a co-leader trainer for the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Program.

Jon Roesler, Epidemiologist Supervisor/Manager of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Analysis (SEA) Unit within the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health

Bio: Jon Roesler is an Epidemiologist Supervisor/Manager of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Analysis (SEA) Unit within the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is Principal Investigator of Minnesota’s Violent Death Reporting System, the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance, and serves as the lead epidemiologist for the Minnesota Trauma Data Bank, which contains Minnesota’s hospital discharge data for injuries, the Minnesota TBI/SCI and Trauma Registries, and injury mortality data. He currently serves as President for the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance.  Mr. Roesler has a B.A. degree in Physiology and Psychology, and an M.S. degree in Environmental Health, and an “A.B.D.” in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. 

Mary DeLaquil, Research Analyst with the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health

Bio: Mary DeLaquil is a Research Analyst with the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently her main areas of focus are fall fatalities and violence mortality surveillance. Before switching careers to Public Health, Mary spent 14 years with Reuters, working with legal data, product development and training employees worldwide. Mary is ardent about public health data and how it can be used to inform and evaluate effective public health interventions.

DAY 2 - December 1, 2017 - 8:00am-2:00pm

Block 3 - 10:30am—12:00pm

Distracted Driving/Policy - Salon A

Title: Distracted Driving - Taking Back Our Roads

Summary: In this session will cover the following:

  • Risk factors of using hand-held/free devices in moving vehicles
  • Distracted Driving statistics
  • Reviewing a video from the National  Safety Council
  • 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

Thomas Goeltz Presentation (PDF)

Presenter: Lisa Kons, Traffic Safety Program Manager, Minnesota Safety Council

Bio: Lisa Kons is the Traffic Programs Manager for the Minnesota Safety Council and has worked with them for 24 years. She works primarily developing, coordinating and implementing traffic safety programming.  She currently serves as the state coordinator for Minnesota Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, which focuses on providing traffic safety resources and opportunities to employers, media outlets and traffic safety partners throughout the state. Lisa has served on many traffic safety strategic planning and advisory committees. She has a BA in Organizational Training and Development.

Discussion Q & A: Moderator: Jon Roesler

Child Injury – Pediatric Falls & Drowning Salon C

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.

Peter Kerin Presentation (PDF) 

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