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Dr. W. Steen James: Let's Talk About Water Safety

Episode Summary

It's summertime! Parents, children and teens are enjoying the fun and sun. But we can't forget about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in the US. Children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates and there’s a disparity in the rate of drowning with African-American children disproportionately impacted. On this episode, I speak with Dr. W. Steen James, a pediatrician, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Georgia Chapter. She has a solo practice, Pediatrics Village P.C. in Peachtree Georgia. She shares information to help families stay safe this summer and beyond: * Learn CPR * Learn to swim (parents and children) * Supervise children when in or around water

Episode Notes

It's summertime! Parents, children and teens are enjoying the fun and sun. But we can't forget about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in the US. Children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates and there’s a disparity in the rate of drowning with African-American children disproportionately impacted. On this episode, I speak with Dr. W. Steen James, a pediatrician, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Georgia Chapter. She has a solo practice, Pediatrics Village P.C. in Peachtree Georgia. She shares information to help families stay safe this summer and beyond:

Bio:
Dr. Steen James was born in Newnan, GA. Graduated from Freedman’s School of Nursing in Washington DC. Received a B.S. degree from Howard University in child Development. Attended Morehouse School of Medicine and received an MD degree from Emory University. Completed a residency at Emory University and also served as Chief Resident. Board certified in general Pediatrics and is a member of the National and GA chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Serves on AAP GA chapter board, represents district IX as well as serving on the chapter’s legislative and PCMH committees. Recipient of the National Health Scholarship and served as Pediatrician at West End Medical Center for four years. Worked for the Meridian Medical Group for eleven years, served as lead physician and was a member of the corporate management team. Completed the Physician Executive Leadership Program of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine. Serves as preceptor for medical students, residents and high school students interested in medicine. Has been a guest lecturer at Emory School for Physician Assistant Program. Vice Chairman for the Community Physician’s Network (CPN) at Morehouse school of Medicine. Current member of legislative committee Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Medical licensed in the state of Georgia. Solo physician and founder of Pediatrics Village, PC. 2002. The practice is NCQA PCMH certified and achieved level III recertification October 31, 2017. The practice is currently participating in the American Academy of Pediatrics Quality Improvement HPV project to be completed December 2018. Previous board member of Peachtree City Tennis Center. Former council member of Peachtree City Elementary School Council. Member of Peachtree City Christian Church. Resident of Peachtree City, GA with husband and mother of two sons. Enjoys tennis, gardening and running.

Resources for parents on water safety and drowning prevention from HealthyChildren.org:
Drowning Prevention for Curious Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

Infant Water Safety: Protect Your New Baby from Drowning

Water Safety for Teens

Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It’s Not Swimming Time

CDC resources to prevent drowning