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National Strategies to Prevent Childhood Drowning

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Each day, two children die from drowning in the United States. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4. While drowning affects all children, it disproportionately affects minority communities, with 64% of African American and 45% of Hispanic/Latino children being unable to swim. Additionally, in 2009-2011, drowning caused 91% of deaths of children with autism spectrum disorder ages 14 and under.

May is National Water Safety Month. Please join us at a briefing to learn about current drowning prevention efforts and how Congress can collaborate with national organizations to scale proven programs to prevent fatal drownings. Hear from national experts from the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the American Red Cross, American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on gaps and opportunities to prevent drownings nationwide.

Congress can help ensure more families have access to these lifesaving programs by supporting efforts that help national organizations implement effective drowning prevention programs, improve data and surveillance about drowning, and develop a national water safety plan to prevent drownings nation-wide.

BRIEFING: National Strategies to Prevent Childhood Drowning
Thursday, May 23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
2060 Rayburn
Lunch will be provided.

Panelists:

Ann Dellinger PhD, MPH, CDC, Branch Chief of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics (invited)

James Finck, President & CEO, YMCA of Austin

Morag MacKay, Director of Research, Safe Kids Worldwide

Lindsay Mondick, Senior Manager, Aquatics, YMCA of the USA

Dr. Bill Ramos, PhD, Scientific Advisory Council, Aquatics - American Red Cross

 

Please RSVP to Laurel.Haxton@ymca.net.