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South Florida Public Health Injury Prevention Video Wins Telly Award

Injuries continue to be the leading cause of death for adolescents and the USF College of Public Health’s work to address it is not going unnoticed.

The COPH is officially a Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for the injury prevention video “Together we will change lives,” a first in the college’s history.

More than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents were entered in this year’s awards ceremony.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, honors local, regional and cable TV programs for outstanding work in video production and online commercials, videos and films.

Murray and Liller

[Photo: Mr. Zachary Murray (left) and Dr. Karen Liller (right) at the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. (Photo by Elyse Lewis, Trevor Collinson – Photo Editor)].

“We created a video focused on the leading causes and prevention strategies for child and adolescent injuries with one goal in mind—change behavior so that lives are saved and people can reach their full potential,” said Dr. Karen Liller, a child and adolescent injury professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, producer of the video.

More than 9,000 children and adolescents die each year from unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It remains the number one cause of death for this group, beating out cancer and other diseases.

Mr. Zachary Murray, COPH videographer and director of the video, joined the COPH in 2015 and said this was one of the first videos that he worked on upon being hired.

“The message of the video—changing lives through injury prevention, specifically in children—is obviously very important. We wanted it to be received by as many people as possible. So, the hope is that by winning this award, the video will be able to reach more people,” Mr. Murray said.