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.

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
kira0002@umn.edu

Michelle Macy, MD
225 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-2991
Phone: (312) 227-6676
mmacy@luriechildrens.org


Current SIG Mentor:


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


 

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