Earlier this month, the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition presented the School of Kinesiology & Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University with the Drowning Prevention Award for Research.
The award recognized the school’s contribution to Canadian and global knowledge about the drowning burden. The award was accepted by York grad Tessa Clemens. Clemens is a health scientist with the CDC Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, where she works with the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control leading drowning data collection projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Clemens has a PhD in Kinesiology & Health Science from York University. Her dissertation research focused on the epidemiology and prevention of drowning in Canada, and the reporting and classification of drowning deaths worldwide.
Accepting the award along with Clemens was Faculty of Health Professor Alison Macpherson, who supervised Clemens’ work. The award was presented on Jan. 16 at a ceremony.