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American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in June 1930 by 35 pediatricians in a response to the need for an independent pediatric forum to address children’s needs. The AAP and its member pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members, including 34,000 board-certified members. The AAP is a 501(c)(3) corporation organized for scientific and educational purposes. Major activities at the AAP focus on professional education, public policy, and advocacy, public education, and research. To view their poison prevention materials, visit

Council Representative:
Bonnie Kozial, Manager, Committee and Section on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, 800-433-9016 ext. 7947,

Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000. The ACE mission is "to promote responsible and beneficial use of products to ensure a safer, healthier and cleaner environment in homes, businesses and the community." To view their poison prevention materials, visit Inhalant Abuse Prevention. ACE is affiliated with the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Council Representatives:
Sara Stickler, Manager, Educational Programs, Manager, 202-862-3902,

Brandon Karkovice, Program Develoopment Manager, 202-833-7306,

American Association of Poison Control Centers is a national organization representing poison centers and interested individuals. AAPCC provides a forum for our members to promote the reduction of harm from poisonings through public and professional education and scientific research and sets voluntary standards for poison center operations. Learn more about our activities and poison centers at

Council Representative:
Krista Osterthaler, Director of National Outreach, 703-894-1858,

American Cleaning Institute is the home safety expert when it comes to the use and storage of cleaning products. ACI is a proud member of the Poison Prevention Week Council and offers free educational materials to support your poisoning prevention efforts. Visit ACI at to download publications for National Poison Prevention Week activities and learn more about preventing poisonings at home.

Council Representatives:
Nancy Bock, Senior VP Meetings & Education, 202-662-2507,

Martha Chapin, Associate Director, Education & Web Services, 202-662-2509,

American College of Emergency Physicians, founded in 1968, ACEP today represents more than 28,000 emergency physicians, residents and medical students. Their website is

Council Representative:
Gordon Wheeler,

Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. is an international association, composed of a diverse and involved membership of more than 200 manufacturers of art and creative materials, and is recognized as the leading private-sector authority on the use of art and creative materials. Founded in 1936, ACMI was organized to assist its members in providing the public with art and creative materials for children and artists that are non-toxic. Of the more than 60,000 art and creative material formulations evaluated to date, 100% of the children's products and 85% of those meant for the adult artist are certified as non-toxic. All products in its premier certification program undergo extensive toxicological evaluation and testing before they are granted the right to bear the ACMI certification seals. ACMI is dedicated to providing leadership, guidance and education to individuals, organizations, and society in general to achieve greater participation in art and creative related activities. Learn more about ACMI on its website at

Council Representative:
Debbie Gustafson, Associate Director, 781-293-4100,

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Their website is

Council Representative:
Lori Mitchell Dixon, President, 419-534-4710,

Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer's disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge. Their website is

Council Representative:
Mark Gibbons, Director of Programs and Operations, (202) 454-3970,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC works with many partners at the local, state, and national levels to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health. CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by increasing support to local and state health departments, improving global health, decreasing leading causes of death, strengthening surveillance and epidemiology, and reforming health policies. To learn more about CDC's research and activities on poison prevention, visit

Council Representative:
Abbigail Tumpey, MPH CHES, Associate Director for Communications Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, 404-639-1125,

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 132-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. More than 60,000 young children end up in emergency departments every year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. CHPA partners with the PROTECT Initiative and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remind families of the importance of safe medicine storage through their educational program, Up and Away and Out of Sight. Visit the Up and Away and Out of Sight. Order posters and access safe medicine storage tips for home and on the road at or visit CHPA's homepage at

Council Representatives:
Colleen Creighton, Director,CHPA Educational Foundation, 202-429-3528,

Trey Hollern, Manager, Communications, 202-429-3547,

Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments. CSPA member companies employ hundreds of thousands of people globally. Products CSPA represents include disinfectants that kill germs in homes, hospitals and restaurants; air fresheners, room deodorizers and candles that eliminate odors; pest management products for home, lawn and garden, and pets; cleaning products and polishes for use throughout the home and institutions; products used to protect and improve the performance and appearance of automobiles; aerosol products and a host of other products used every day. Through its product stewardship program, Product Care®, and scientific and business-to-business endeavors, CSPA provides its members a platform to effectively address issues regarding the health, safety and sustainability of their products. For more information, please visit

Council Representative:
Anthony Viardo, Marketing & Information Director, 202-833-7315,

Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to promote the greater use of unit dose packaging due to its superior ability to improve patient compliance, as well as provide tamper evidence, protest efficacy, prevent poisonings, improve safety, and reduce counterfeiting. For more information, visit

Council Representative:
Vicki Welch, 804-338-5778,

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers. To find out more information about JPMA, its programs and for a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube.

Council Representative:
Nadine Goldberg, 856-380-6843,

National Safety Council bases its strategic priorities on scientific research that allows us to better define and understand issues and trends in unintentional injuries and injury-deaths, and develop programs to address these trends and ultimately save lives. Between 1993 and 2003, there was a 107 percent increase in the unintentional poisoning death rate from overdoses among Americans ages 20 to 64. NSC has issued a report on "Trends in Unintentional Poisoning Deaths and Death Rates" that details the steep increase in these deaths. Click here for the 2008 summary. Other free poison prevention resources are available at

Council Representative:
Tess Benham, Program Manager, 630-775-2159,

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the U.S. and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 53 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Visit the CPSC Web site at for more information or to sign up for safety alerts.

Council Representatives:
Kim Dulic, Office of Public Affairs, 301-504-7058,
Cheryl Scorpio, Pharmacologist, 301-987-2572,
Adrienne Layton, Pharmacologist, 301-987-2590,

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) is unique among federal agencies. HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control was established to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in America's privately-owned and low-income housing and to lead the nation in addressing other housing-related health hazards that threaten vulnerable residents. As one means of addressing substandard housing, the OHHLHC provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

Council Representative:
Kitt Rodkey, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 202-402-2096,

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to raising awareness about preventing pesticide poisonings, using pesticides safely, and promoting safer alternatives for pest management. EPA has information and free resources (in English and Spanish) on ways you can check your home to prevent poisonings, store household products safely, avoid purchasing illegal pesticides, educate your community about pesticide poisonings, prevent child poisonings, and educate farm worker families about pesticide poisonings. EPA's free resources are available online at or by calling the National Pesticide Information Center at 800-858-7378.

Council Representative:
Darlene Dinkins, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, 703-305-5214,

U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising six bureaus, 13 offices and one center, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities. HRSA oversees organ, tissue and blood cell (bone marrow and cord blood) donation and vaccine injury compensation programs, maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse, manages the national toll-free number (1-800-222-1222) to access the nations 61 poison control centers and provides funding to support to increase access and promote their services. Poison prevention material is available at

Council Representative:
RaMeicha Cooks, Public Health Analyst, Division of Poison Control and Healthcare Facilities, 301-443-1532,

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Updated 1/4/2016