(From the May 2016 issue of Research Now)
Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH, the founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, is one of three Green Cross Safety Advocate award finalists this year. The National Safety Council recently announced the finalists for the prestigious Green Cross for Safety awards, which have celebrated excellence in safety since 2000.
Among the three categories of awards, the Safety Advocate category honors an individual who has made a significant personal impact on a safety issue to raise awareness and prevent further injuries and deaths. As the director of CIRP, Dr. Smith is a researcher and long-term advocate for pediatric injury prevention, with much of his work focusing on consumer product safety.
Over the course of his career – which has spanned over three decades – Dr. Smith has collaborated with government agencies, policymakers, child advocacy organizations and industry to prevent child injuries associated with products such as shopping carts, fireworks, trampolines, baby walkers, and laundry detergent packets.
Award winners for 2016 will be announced at the Green Cross for Safety dinner on May 12. Additional information on award finalists is available on the National Safety Council website at http://www.nsc.org/act/Pages/Green-Cross-Advocacy-Finalists.aspx.