Interim Chair of Pediatrics Elected President of National Organization

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, has long been troubled by the fact that injury is the leading cause of death for children older than 1 year.

That’s why she has dedicated her career to injury prevention, education and research, and in 2000 founded the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami, one of 42 sites representing the nation’s fastest growing and most effective injury prevention program.

In November, Schaechter was elected president of the national organization composed of hospital-based, community-oriented programs in 40 cities across the U.S.

“Childhood injury occurs in homes, cars, and every community, which is why prevention requires that we work in coalitions,” said Schaechter. “Doctors, educators, law enforcement, media, clergy, parents and child advocates of all types must join forces to understand the issues in our communities, collaborate on solutions and measure for outcomes.”

Schaechter and her team have reached tens of thousands of families in South Florida, helping them keep kids safer by using car seats, booster seats, gun locks, cabinet locks, stair gates and pool fences.

At the national level, Schaechter’s leadership will continue to focus on the prevention of injury related to motor vehicles, firearms, poisonings, drowning, substance use, suffocation and choking. In addition, she is a strong advocate for wider prevention efforts, including vaccination, nutrition, health disparities, school health and access to care. She also will continue to serve as a gubernatorial appointee on two state boards – the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet and Florida Healthy Kids.

Among her duties as president, Schaechter will preside over the annual national conference and assist in the opening of several safe playgrounds across the country.

Her term will be for two years.

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