Online Program

Saving Lives Through Injury Prevention at the University of South Florida College of Public Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:21 a.m. - 10:22 a.m.

Karen Liller, Community and Family Health, USF College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Zachary Murray, USF Health, Tampa, FL
Purpose/Aim:  The purpose of our video is to continue to raise awareness of the toll of injuries on children, adolescents, and young adults by emphasizing how injury prevention measures can save lives and allow everyone to grow and develop their full potential in life.  This video is a positive presentation of injury prevention addressing major injuries and life-saving strategies.  These include using seatbelts to prevent motor vehicle injuries, using a car seat to prevent child motor vehicle injuries, using bicycle helmets to prevent head and brain injuries in a bicycle crash, putting a fence around pools to prevent drownings, putting babies to sleep in cribs without extraneous materials to prevent suffocations and other injuries, and using a helmet when participating in sports such as horseback riding to prevent head injuries and concussions.

Target Audience:  Our target audience includes parents/caregivers; organizations/agencies focused on public health and injury prevention; hospitals, clincis, emergency departments, trauma centers; schools; insurance companies; sports facilities; and the general public.  

Supporting Evidence:  Injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults in the US and the numbers are growing worldwide.  Certain injuries affect more children and young adults than others are these are highlighted in the video along with prevention strategies that are simple to understand and should resonate with a large audience.  

Child and adolescent injury prevention campaigns that support these messages include efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Safe Kids Worldwide (Take the Pledge), the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety along with numerous child and adolescent injury prevention programs statewide and locally.  

At the University of South Florida College of Public Health  we have conducted research and implemented several injury prevention programs for children and young adults for decades.  By working with our constitutents and several local, state, and national public health organizations we have also been successful in promoting injury prevention laws and policies such as the Florida Bicycle Helmet Law and Pool Fencing measures.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe leading ways to prevent injuries and children and young adults. Discuss the toll of injuries on society in terms of loss of productive life years.

Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education, Public health or related education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an injury prevention researcher and scholar for over 20 years and have developed/created several educational materials and programs focused on the prevention of injuries for children and adolescents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.