Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Mountain Time
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 (1), and children account for 1 in 4 drowning deaths. There are significant racial/ethnic disparities in drowning rates. For example, African American children and youth ages 5-19 are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than their white peers, and at ages 11-12, African American children drowned in swimming pools at 10 times the rate of whites. Overall among those ages 29 and younger, American Indians/Alaska Natives were twice as likely, and African Americans 1.4 times as likely, to drown as whites. Swimming skills, use of personal flotation devices, supervision by adults, and proper fencing are among the proven interventions to prevent drownings among children and youth.
Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D. will address the scope of the drowning problem in the U.S., including the stages of children's development and drowning risks. Dr. Katchmarchi will also share what is known about drowning risks among children with developmental disabilities. Alan Korn, J.D. will focus his remarks on known effective interventions to prevent drowning that can be employed by communities and parents. Both speakers will also address risk and protective factors and why drownings remain a leading cause of injury death among U.S. children.