CSN eNewsletter
July 31, 2022
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners,

With the recent heat waves across the United States, we hope you’ve been able to stay cool, have fun with family and friends, and enjoy the sun, water, and outdoors! But summer is also the season with the highest risk of drowning and prevention saves lives. For drowning victims younger than 15 years:
  • 70% of deaths occurred from May to August
  • the risk of drowning significantly increased (up to 69%) when the outside temperature exceeded 30°C (86°F)

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1 – 4 and second leading cause for children ages 1 to 14 years. In CSN’s recent webinar, Why Do Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Drowning Risk Exist and How Can They Be Addressed?,  experts discussed the data on child drowning in the U.S., the historical impact on current policies, and current disparities in child aquatics and water safety education. They also shared how communities can work collaboratively to develop initiatives designed to address issues of justice, access, equity and inclusion to build resources for the aquatics community.
Pediatric vehicular heatstroke (PVH) is another injury risk that increases during heatwaves. On average, between 1998 and 2020, 38 children died per year of PVH. Children’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than adults. When children are left in or gain access to vehicles, they could die within minutes. In CSN’s 2021 webinar, Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles, presenters discussed the scope of the problem, recent trends, and the impact of vehicle heating on children’s health. Also provided were resources and tools to learn more about how to prevent PVH.
Resources and research on these topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.
Please widely share these resources with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
New CSN-A Resource:
Ensuring Child Safety During Times of Disruption
A time of disruption is any period when an event or occurrence—such as a disaster, disease outbreak, or new technological development—disrupts the status quo for individuals, organizations, and communities. Children are more vulnerable than adults during these times of disruption. To keep children safe during disruption, child safety organizations and programs must build organizational resilience to adapt to changing circumstances and transition to new and improved processes and systems.
The Child Safety Now Alliance developed a new fact sheet, Ensuring Child Safety During Times of Disruption, that provides resources and guidance on how programs can prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptions, such as disaster, disease outbreak or other crises
August 31- September 2, 2022

Join the CSN team at the following sessions:
  • Wednesday, August 31: Innovative Child Safety Practices to Prevent Firearm Injuries
  • Wednesday, August 31: Learning Collaboratives Contributions to Child Safety Systems and Workforce Development
  • Thursday, September 1: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assessment Guide for Multidisciplinary Teams and Health Equity Approaches in the CSLC 
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.