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April 4, 2011

Media Advisory: Media invited to injury prevention town hall with national leaders April 7

WHAT: Nationally renowned injury prevention experts will discuss injury and violence prevention innovations and challenges during a town hall-style discussion on Thursday, April 7. The event corresponds with National Public Health Week, April 4-10, and the week's 2011 theme, "Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-free." The town hall session will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Joint Annual Meeting of Safe States Alliance, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The national meeting is hosted by the Injury Prevention Research Center, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

WHO: Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), will moderate this interactive town hall session entitled "Federal Partnerships to Prevent Injuries."

Other panelists include:

--Dr. Linda Degutis, P.H., director of the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention.

--Susan B. Carbon, J.D., director of the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice.

--Captain Neal Walker, Ph.D., Chief of the Mental Health Promotion Branch for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

--Christine Branche, Ph.D., principal associate director and acting director of the Office of Construction Safety and Health in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Following the town hall session and Q&A period, the town hall presenters and Corinne Peek-Asa, Ph.D., director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, will be available at 10:15 a.m. for one-on-one media interviews as part of a news briefing in support of National Public Health Week.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011

WHERE: Coral Ballroom in the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 East 9th St., Coralville.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: At the event, media will be offered information about the panelists, National Public Health Week, and the Burden of Injury in Iowa report executive summary, which documents the types and rates of injuries statewide and county-by-county in Iowa.

ONLINE RESOURCES: For an agenda and more information about the national meeting, visit:

For more information about the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week, visit:

For more information about the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice, visit:

VIDEO: B-roll safety videos are available online, courtesy of the Safe Kids Worldwide. For use of any of the following videos, please attribute Safe Kids Worldwide.

Children and booster seats:

Families and bike helmets:

Safety crossing streets:

Playground safety:

Swimming safety:

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277,