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FOR RELEASE: March 30, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Sign Up Now for SAFE KIDS Summit

Registrations are now being accepted for the fifth annual SAFE KIDS Summit, a day-long seminar scheduled for May 10 which will feature Dr. Chuck Jackson, a Tulsa native and well-known motivational speaker, who will present the keynote address.

Breakout sessions during the Summit will deal with gun safety, school bus and child passenger safety, inhalants, teen drivers, safety on the playground and boating safety. In addition, injury prevention success stories will be presented, tips on marketing home and child safety in the workplace will be addressed and information on how to establish new SAFE KIDS coalitions will be offered.

"Each year, more American children die from unintentional injuries than from all childhood diseases combined," said Martha Collar, coordinator of the Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition, a program of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In Oklahoma, about 120 children under age 16 die each year from unintentional injuries. For every fatality, approximately 45 children require hospitalization and another 1,300 require emergency treatment.

"This Summit is for anyone interested in preventing this needless waste of human life. We expect lots of teachers, nurses and other health care professionals to attend, along with firefighters, law enforcement officers, social workers, emergency care providers, child advocates and many others," said Collar.

The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, in Oklahoma City.

Opening remarks will be presented by Alexander "Sandy" Sinclair, who headed up grassroots injury prevention programming at the National SAFE KIDS Campaign in Washington, D.C., for the last nine years. Currently, Sinclair is a consultant with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C.

Assisting SAFE KIDS as co-sponsors are Children's Hospital Physicians, American Automobile Association, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, St. Francis Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital and Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services for Children Resource Center.

Continuing education credits will be offered for emergency care providers, health educators, law enforcement officers and nurses.

The cost, if postmarked by April 30, is $25, which includes all materials and lunch. After April 30, cost is $35. To receive a registration form, call the SAFE KIDS office at 405-271-5695, or send an e-mail message to: oklahomasafekidscoalition@okpress.com.

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