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April 2012 VSTH Meeting Speakers

CDC Vital Signs

Child Injury
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)

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Speakers' Biographies

	Photo of Julie GilchristJulie Gilchrist, MD

Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Julie Gilchrist, MD, is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). In her current work, Dr. Gilchrist is responsible for research and programs in drowning prevention, water safety promotion, and sports and recreation-related injury prevention, as well as other issues primarily affecting children (e.g., choking, suffocation, ingestions, dog bites, playground injuries). Dr. Gilchrist has been at CDC since 1997.

Dr. Gilchrist facilitated the development of CDC’s research agenda for prevention of injuries in sports, recreation, and exercise, and has been recognized for her efforts to establish a sports injury prevention program at CDC. As of 2010, she has authored or coauthored more than 54 journal articles and five book chapters and is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. Dr. Gilchrist has earned numerous awards for her efforts and accomplishments in research, communication, and disaster response.

Dr. Gilchrist graduated from Rice University with degrees in human physiology and sports medicine before attending University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Gilchrist completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an epidemiology fellowship at CDC.

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	Photo of Kate CarrKate Carr

President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide

Kate Carr is president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Through Safe Kids Worldwide, 21 member countries and more than 600 coalitions and chapters across the United States bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers to educate and protect families.

Prior to joining Safe Kids Worldwide in October 2011, Carr served as managing director of Malaria No More and played a lead role in resource mobilization and expansion of programmatic activities in Africa.

Carr's experience in leading worldwide organizations includes the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where, as president and CEO, she expanded the foundation's work beyond the United States and promoted global education, awareness, and compassion about children with HIV/AIDS.

Carr's political experience includes serving as special assistant to the President within the Office of Public Liaison at the White House and working on multiple local, state, and national campaigns.

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	Photo of Lindsey MyersLindsey Myers, MPH

Injury and Violence Prevention Unit Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Lindsey Myers, MPH, is the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Myers provides leadership in reducing injuries and deaths in the general population by coordinating and implementing prevention strategies recommended in the state’s Injury and Violence Prevention Strategic Plan and serving as a consultant on injury and violence prevention for stakeholders statewide. Myers oversees the deliverables of seven federal grants, including Colorado’s Child Motor Vehicle Policy grant. Myers directs several injury prevention multidisciplinary advisory committees and manages the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System.

Myers has bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in chronic disease epidemiology, from Yale University.

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