DAY 1 - November 30, 2017

Welcome – Jon Roesler, MIPA President

9:00-9:15 am
General Session

Opening Keynote – Title: How brain biology has helped us move injury prevention programs forward.

9:15-10:15 am
General Session  

Presenter: 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.

Summary: In this session, we will talk about advances in our understanding of brain development and how this has helped us prepare more effective injury prevention programs. Examples from teen driving, youth violence, and adverse childhood experiences will be presented. Learning objectives: 1. Understand how brain development impacts injury risk and approaches to prevention. 2. Describe how information about brain development can be used to focus interventions and improve their impact. 3. Describe how interdisciplinary research can contribute to advances in injury prevention

Plenary Session/Panel Presentation: Zero Suicides


Summary: Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Healthcare is the model being promoted nationally to reduce suicide deaths among persons being served by the healthcare systems across the country. It is also a model that many programs are looking at to potentially adapt for use in unconventional settings. This session will provide participants not only with background on the model from one of the leading experts in the country, but also insight into how local one system is working on an adaptation of the Zero Suicide model for a school setting.

Moderator: Rachel Kenny, MPH Indiana Violent Death Reporting System Principal Investigator & Epidemiologist

Bio: Rachel graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Forensic Science. She received a Master's degree in Epidemiology from the Indiana University-Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She was the INVDRS Epidemiologist and project manager from March 2015 until May 2017. She has been the INVDRS Principal Investigator and Epidemiologist since May 2017.

Chelsea L. Booth, Ph.D. Associate Director for Programs Zero Suicide Institute EDC

Bio: Dr. Booth is the Associate Director for Programs at the Zero Suicide Institute at EDC. She was a Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) in the Suicide Prevention Branch. She has staffed several task forces and advisory groups for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and was a Presidential Management Fellow.

Laurie Gerdt, LMHC, Program Manager for the Garrett Lee Smith Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA Grant

Bio: Laurie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Project Manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA grant awarded to Community Health Network. After completing her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Argosy University of Chicago, Laurie’s clinical expertise has been focused in the areas of crisis stabilization, brief solutions intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and assertive case management. Laurie’s current emphasis is on prevention and awareness. In Laurie’s role as Project Manager, she is responsible for promoting identification of risk for suicide particularly within healthcare systems and changing the conversation regarding suicide to encourage a statewide initiative that suicide is preventable. Laurie is the incoming chair for the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council. Laurie’s passion lies in developing a sense of competence and connectedness between individuals and communities to help ensure that suicide becomes a zero event for the state of Indiana and is considered a public health issue.

Tanya Carter, MDH Behavioral Health Care Liaison

Bio: Tanya Carter is passionate about suicide prevention and the role she plays as the Zero Suicide Behavioral Health Care Liaison with the Minnesota Department of Health. Although this is a brand new position for her, she is not new to playing a role in suicide prevention. Tanya has provided mental health crisis coordination as well as coordinated suicide prevention efforts on the White Earth Reservation and throughout Becker County in Minnesota. Tanya graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. Tanya has had the opportunity to participate in the Zero Suicide Academy, she is a trainer for safeTALK and QPR and has been trained in ASIST and Postvention.

DAY 2 - December 1, 2017

KEYNOTE Health Equity: Zero Disparities

Presenter: Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health

CLOSING LUNCH & KEYNOTE:  Lessons from the Road to Zero Coalition: Making Zero a Reality

12:00-2:00 pm

Presenter: Kelly Nantel, Vice President, Communications & Advocacy, National Safety Council

Bio: Kelly Nantel is a globally recognized strategist and communications thought leader with more than 25 years of experience in executive communications, policymaking and crisis planning and response. In 2015, she was named Vice President of Communications & Advocacy at the National Safety Council to improve safety in the nation’s workplaces, homes and communities, and on the road. Ms. Nantel has raised the organization’s profile through such successful national campaigns as a consumer-oriented automotive safety technology website that garnered 6 billion earned media impressions, benchmarking employer data on opioid overdoses in the workplace and developing education programs, and tackling cutting edge issues such as deaths and injuries related to fatigue. Previously, Ms. Nantel served as the Director of Public Affairs at the National Transportation Safety Board, where she significantly enhanced the NTSB’s communications capabilities, coordinating crisis communications for dozens of major transportation accident investigations, from airline crashes, train collisions, pipeline explosions, bridge collapses to maritime accidents. Ms. Nantel has a bachelor of science in criminal justice and communications from Curry College. She is frequently invited to speak to organizations about effective crisis communications and is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Women, Women in PR and the Public Relations Society of America.


We all know zero is the right goal if we are serious about safety. What are the promising practices for getting to zero? Kelly Nantel will share the Road to Zero Coalition effort being led by the National Safety Council that is connecting safety professionals across industries to break down silos and figure out what works to erase roadway fatalities by 2050.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify promising practices to prevent roadway fatalities

2.Understand networking and grant opportunities with the Road to Zero coalition

3.Become familiar with National Safety Council resources for eliminating preventable death