Department of Pediatrics

Project ASTRAL


Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury death with significantly higher drowning rates occurring in persons belonging to minority groups. Project ASTRAL (Aquatic Safety Through Research, Analysis and Linkage of data) seeks to identify gender and ethnic subpopulations that experience higher rates of unintentional drowning, investigate the causes and outcomes for these disparities and compute the economic costs arising from unintentional drowning. Our research will help understand conditions affecting morbidity and mortality from unintentional drowning, especially in subpopulations that experience higher rates of drowning. We seek to disseminate our research to the community so that it can be used for countermeasures against drowning.