3117.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #17773

Survivor Advocacy: A Panel Exploring Past Successes and Future Opportunities

Elizabeth McLoughlin, ScD, Trauma Foundation, San Francisco General Hospital, Bldg 1, 1001 Potrero, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-821-8209, liz@tf.org and Janette Fennell, TRUNC (Trunk Releases Urgently Required Now Coalition), 537 Jones Street, #2514, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-789-1000, trunc1@aol.com.

Survivor-advocates are powerful change agents for injury control. Some of the major prevention successes regarding drinking & driving, helmet laws, gun control, head injury and drowning prevention have been due in large part to their efforts. Panelists will explore common elements in survivor advocacy. These include: a tragic or life-altering event, the therapeutic and motivational link between grieving and activism, deciding what to advocate for, data and the lack thereof, newsworthy tragedies & media advocacy, politics & sympathetic lawmakers, stakeholders (regulatory agencies, professional organizations, manufacturers and trade associations, etc.), and the watch-dog function. Implications for the injury field include 1) networking with victim resource groups to publicize the field's strategies, networks and success stories; 2) media advocacy campaigns which can create public support for specific interventions, and also inform potential survivor-advocates how to get involved; 3) forming respectful partnerships with survivor-advocates to accomplish common goals.

Learning Objectives: Participants will: - appreciate the power of survivor advocates to prevent injury - be sensitized to the connections between grief and advocacy - understand what injury prevention specialists ought to do to partner with survivor advocates

Keywords: Advocacy, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA