Underrepresented youth have less exposure to swimming, have significantly lower swimming ability, and experience higher drowning rates than more advantaged populations. Research relevant to this alarming public health dilemma will be discussed, and how Memphis, Tennessee developed a solution to this challenge using a grassroots approach to inform policy.
Dr. Carol Irwin is an associate professor at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include minority swimming patterns and the association with elevated minority drowning events. She was principal investigator for the 2010 USA Swimming national research, Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation-Phase II.
A light lunch will be provided.