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NSU Institute for Child Health Policy pushes drowning prevention to forefront

From left: Deborah Mulligan, M.D., and Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans, who is considered to be the greatest female distance swimmer of all time, at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission news conference.

NSU’s Institute for Child Health Policy is pushing the issue of drowning prevention for children to the forefront this summer asSouth Florida continues to lead the nation in drowning deaths involving children. The institute, led by director Deborah Mulligan, M.D., who is also an emergency room pediatrician at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, was on NBC’s Today Show in May to highlight drowning prevention  and offer tips to keep children safe around swimming pools. Mulligan, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), represented both NSU and the AAP in the interview. The Today Show crew filmed the segment at NSU’s main campus at the Don Taft University Center swimming pool. NSU’s new swimming and diving coach, Hollie Bonewit-Cron, was also interviewed for the segment. Here is the link to the Today Show’s segment featuring NSU:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/37313517#37313517

Mulligan is also supporting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in their drive to change the way Americans think and act about pool and spa safety. CPSC has started a national public education effort to reduce child drowning and non-fatal submersions, as well as entrapments in swimming pools and spas. Mulligan joined CPSC members; Olympic gold-medalist swimmers Janet Evans and Jason Lazak; and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a news conference in May to launch the drowning prevention campaign at the Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.