Injury Control SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
The purpose of the Injury Control SIG is to support APA members from diverse clinical backgrounds in their efforts to reduce and prevent morbidity and mortality from injury among children and youth.

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Race and racism and their effects on child health and wellbeing are subjects of ongoing research. Injuries remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in all children, with widening disparities in intentional and unintentional injury rates. Children from minority backgrounds disproportionately bear the brunt of intentional injuries associated with firearms and unintentional injuries that result from drowning, motor vehicle collisions, and falls. The reasons for these demographic differences are complex and varied and include structural racism, poverty, and inadequate access to care.    At this year's PAS meeting, the Race in Medicine and Injury Control SIG's joint session will shine a light on issues at the intersection of race and injury through the lenses of research, academic-community partnerships, policy and practice. During the session, a representative from the National Institutes of Health will speak to research priorities related to trauma and disparities. We will hear from researchers who have led studies to address race in relation to intentional and unintentional injury. Injury prevention advocates will discuss innovative ongoing collaborative efforts between academic centers and communities of color in Chicago and Baltimore that aim to explain and reduce these injury disparities. The session will culminate with a discussion on practical strategies for pediatric providers to address injury disparities in clinical practice and to promote policy changes at the local, state, and national level. Please join us for what will be a thought-provoking and informative session.

Current SIG goals:
1) To plan a dynamic Injury Control SIG at PAS 2019 that will energize pediatric clinicians and researchers who engage in injury prevention work.  
2) To provide a professional forum for individuals interested in preventing pediatric injury through clinical practice, community engagement, research, advocacy, and policy change. 
3) To advance best practices in pediatric injury prevention through research and program implementation.

Annual summary:
At PAS 2018, the Injury Control SIG was focused on the issue of youth suicide. A group of more than twenty heard from three vibrant speakers who work in the field of youth mental health,     L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Praestan Health;     Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH, a board-certified Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine physician at Michigan Medicine, and a research faculty in the University of Michigan Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center; and    Susan Duffy, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University, who represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on a recent SAMSHA expert panel on Acute Care Transitions for patients with concern for suicide.    Their presentations covered the scope of the problem and a conceptual framework for understanding suicide within the context of depression, the positive and negative aspects of social media and the role of cyberbullying in youth mental health, and the unique needs of suicidal youth when considering screening, treatment, and follow-up.    The two-hour session concluded with attendees and speakers discussing best practice approaches for identification of youth at risk for suicide and acute care transitions for patients with concern for suicide. Participants shared stories of successes and challenges with implementation of these approaches in primary and emergency care settings.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:
Advocacy Training SIG, Child Abuse SIG, Emergency Medicine SIG; Global Health SIG, Race in Medicine SIG, AAP Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention; Injury Free Coalition for Kids 

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Andrew Kiragu, MD
3670 Commonwealth Draw
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: (651) -39-7898

Michelle Macy, MD, MS
225 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-2991
Phone: (312) 227-6676

Current SIG Mentor:

Wendy Pomerantz, MD
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513) 636-7966




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