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FOR RELEASE: April 18, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Sign Up Now for Safe Kids Summit

Registrations are now being accepted for the sixth SAFE KIDS Summit, a daylong child injury prevention leadership conference scheduled for May 8, which will feature John Irvin, a Tulsa native and well-known motivational speaker.

Breakout sessions during the Summit will deal with child passenger safety, teen drivers, safety in child care centers, all-terrain vehicles, and other aspects of safety. In addition, injury prevention success stories will be presented, 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 many 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, in Oklahoma City.

Opening remarks will be presented by David Tuggle, M.D., pediatric surgery chair at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and long-time child safety advocate. Tuggle’s presentation is titled, “What an Adult Trauma Center Really Needs to Take Care of Kids: A Pediatric Surgeon’s Skewed View.”

Assisting SAFE KIDS as co-sponsors are the Oklahoma State Department of Health, OU Children’s Physicians, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services for Children Resource Center, Oklahoma City Community College and State Farm Insurance.

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: martha-collar@ouhsc.edu.

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