(From the June 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, received the Green Cross Safety Advocate award this year at the Green Cross dinner in Chicago on May 12, 2016. Other finalists included leaders from the vehicle safety and military industries.
Dr. Smith, a tireless advocate for pediatric injury prevention, focuses much of his work on consumer product safety. During his more than 30-year career, he has worked with government agencies, policy makers, child advocacy organizations and industry to prevent child injuries associated with products such as shopping carts, ride-on mowers, food and toys, high-powered magnets, all-terrain vehicles, fireworks, baby walkers, trampolines, bicycles, furniture and televisions, smoke alarms, laundry detergent packets and liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes.
Dr. Smith also created Prevent Child Injury and the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance. He promotes coalitions through mentorship programs focused on the needs in low- and middle-income countries.
Each year, the National Safety Council honors safety professionals with the Green Cross for Safety award, which have celebrated excellence in safety since 2000 and is bestowed in three categories: Safety Excellence, Safety Innovation, and Safety Advocate. 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.