Injury Prevention Conference | Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines
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2018 Preventing Childhood Injury Conference
September 18th, 2018
Education and Research Center (ERC)
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
1200 Pleasant Street - Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Tentative Topic Areas:

  • Keynote Address: State of the Union in Childhood Injury | Torine Creppy - President, Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, D.C.
  • Playground Safety | Heather Olsen - National Program for Playground Safety, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Active Shooters - Who, What, When, Where, Why | Sone Cam,- Des Moines Police Department, Des Moines, Iowa
  • PrepKids Disaster Preparedness | Panel Discussion | Dr. Marizen Ramirez, Sato Ashida, and Jane Gay
  • Iowa Violent Deaths Reporting System
  • More!

Intended Audience: Injury prevention advocates, public health professionals, nurses, public safety officials (fire, law enforcement, EMS), school professionals and others interested in injury prevention.

Purpose: To educate health professionals and injury prevention advocates on injury prevention strategies and interventions for lasting success. This program will provide participants with tools that they can take back to their local community and use to promote the health and safety of children. 

Parking and Directions: The conference will be held in the Education and Research Center (ERC) at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, 1415 Woodland Avenue. The ERC is on the ground level of the Iowa Methodist Parking Garage.  The Iowa Methodist Parking Garage is located on the west side of the Iowa Methodist campus, on the corner of Pleasant Street and 14th Place. We recommend taking the South parking garage elevators to the Ground Level. After exiting the elevator, you will be in the ERC. You may also enter the ERC from the Woodland Entrance. 

CEUs: More information will be available soon.

Lodging: A listing of downtown Des Moines hotels can be found here. 

If you have questions, please contact Janna Day by email or by phone at (515) 241-3262.

Our Partnerships and Keeping Kids Safe:

Together, Blank Children's Hospital, EMC Insurance Companies , Safe Kids Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, and the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center hosted the Keeping Kids Safe: Child and Youth Injury Prevention Conference annually for 12 years. Each year, the conference featured speakers from around the country who have discussed topics such as child passenger safety, drowning prevention and social media marketing. In 2014, the conference took on a different look and feel and the 2014 Iowa Childhood Injury Prevention Webinar Series was held in lieu of a formal, day-long conference. In 2015, we hosted the first annual Preventing Childhood Injury Conference at Blank Children's Hospital.

If you have questions, please contact Janna Day by email or by phone at (515) 241-3262.

Previous Session Topic Areas:

  • Safe Sleep for Infants | Patty Keeley - Iowa SIDS Foundation
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in Youth | Dr. Andrew Peterson, MD, MSPH, CAQSM - University of Iowa
  • Liquid Laundry Packets and Other Common Household Exposures | Tammy Noble, RN, BSN, CSPI - Iowa Poison Control Center
  • Human Trafficking - Basic Facts You Need to Know | Michael Ferjak, B.A., M.A. - "I Know a Guy" Training and Consulting, LLC
  • Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Community Support | Jeff Kerber, Ph.D., LMFT - UnityPoint Counseling and Psychiatry
  • Keeping Kids Safe at School | Pamela Rosa, CIH - Iowa School Safety Alliance

Contributing Sponsors:

Blank Children's Hospital 
EMC Insurance Companies
Safe Kids Iowa
Iowa Department of Public Health
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center