Local Pediatrician attends National Leadership Forum
Last weekend, Drs. Kristie Clark and Lisa Gilmer represented Kansas as voting members at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Itasca IL. Pediatricians at the ALF discuss, debate and vote on resolutions. Through this process, a top 10 list of resolutions are recommended to the Board of the National AAP for action. One of the resolutions concerns drowning prevention.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 1-19 with drowning the #1 cause of death among children aged 1-4. In 2017, drowning claimed the lives of almost 1000 children younger than 20 years in the United States.
At the Leadership Forum, the AAP released the 2019 Policy Statement on the Prevention of Drowning as well as a Drowning Prevention Toolkit that includes sharable resources for healthcare providers and parents. Please visit AAP.org/drowning for more information.
Water safety is everyone’s responsibility and requires layers of protection for keeping our kids safe around water. Recommendations include: never leaving children unattended near water, fences around pools, swimming lessons for children age one and older, wearing coast guard approved life vests when near open bodies of water and teaching teens CPR.
“I really enjoyed networking with Pediatricians from other regions to bring ideas back to our state on how we can improve things for children,” Dr. Kristie Clark said. Dr. Lisa Gilmer (right) is President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Pediatrician in the Kansas City area. Dr. Kristie Clark (left) serves as President-Elect of the Kansas Chapter and sees patients at O’Shea Memorial Clinic in Jetmore KS. The American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in 1930 and has almost 70,000 members in the United States and Canada who are committed to the health of children.