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Jamie Racklyeft, MEd, BGS

Communication Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), University of Michigan

Executive Director, Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium,




Jamie Racklyeft, MEd, BGS, is Director of Communication at the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) and a Lake Michigan rip current survivor. As Founder and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, he leads this growing community of drowning prevention experts and advocates to help people safely enjoy the Great Lakes. He applies his strategic communication background to help people avoid, escape, and safely save others from dangerous waves, currents, and conditions. He has been in the communication profession for more than 35 years, serving academic, clinical research, corporate, healthcare, non-profit, and entrepreneurial fields. Mr. Racklyeft earned a Master’s in Education from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in General Studies from U-M, focusing on communication, psychology, and art history. Mr. Racklyeft contributes to the U-M IPC Massive Open Online Course Injury Prevention for Children and Teens, in the Water Safety and Drowning Prevention section.

Research Interests

Water safety and drowning prevention

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