Maine CDC Press Release

September 7, 2010

Injury Prevention the Focus of Statewide Conference

For more information please contact
Katharyn Zwicker, Maine Injury Prevention Program
(207) 287-5359
John Martins, Director
Public and Employee Communications
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
(207) 287-5012

AUGUSTA - The Maine Injury Prevention Program will host Injury Prevention for All Ages: Choosing the Right Tools to Build Your Safety Program, a statewide educational conference on Wednesday, September 15, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Event Center, in Hermon. The program is designed to help professionals who work with children and teens, as well as parents and caregivers, to learn how to keep people of all ages safe and free of harm.

This statewide conference will feature a keynote address by Angela Mickalide, Ph.D., CHES, of the Home Safety Council. Dr. Mickalide joined the Home Safety Council in 2005 as the Director of Education and Outreach. She is responsible for leading the development and execution of all Home Safety Council injury prevention outreach initiatives, educational campaigns and community volunteer programs nationwide.

Nine conference tracks are planned including sessions on older drivers, home visiting, falls prevention among older adults, inhalant abuse, teen drivers, fire safety, prescription medication safety, community and law enforcement partnerships and brain injury prevention and resources.

Wendy Gordon, co-founder of the Maine based Safety Solutions (I’m Safe) organization will be on hand to discuss the wide range of educational materials available to address injury and violence prevention. A number of exhibitors addressing injury and safety issues across the lifespan will be part of the daylong event.

Unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death among 1-44 year-old Maine residents during 2004-2008 and the fifth leading cause of death among all ages. According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 831 injury deaths and more than 8,000 hospital discharges related to injury in Maine in 2008. “Injuries are an important and preventable public health problem and a critical component to injury prevention is education,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine CDC. “Educated and safety-conscious children, teens and adults can help their loved ones stay safe, stay alive.”

Conference participants will learn about the latest injury prevention strategies across the lifespan for the home, recreating, traveling, child passenger safety, and details on the ongoing need to be fire and prescription medication smart at home.

There is no registration fee for this event. Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees. For more information or to register, call Katharyn Zwicker at the Maine Injury Prevention Program, (207) 287-5359.