207692 A 21st Century roadmap to prioritize safety and health in transportation policy and practice

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:45 PM

Janani Srikantharajah , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Larry Cohen, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Traffic injuries and deaths touch the lives of all people and remain a major health problem that requires renewed priority. While the health implications of traffic incidents are well-documented, there has been limited health involvement in transportation planning and implementation. Even less attention has been given to cross-sectoral partnerships and how injury prevention champions can collaborate with other health fields (e.g., chronic disease prevention) and non-traditional partners (e.g., economic development).

This session will highlight opportunities to reinvigorate federal, state, and local priorities for traffic injury prevention and delineate a progressive 21st Century transportation agenda that prioritizes health and safety throughout transportation policies and practices. The session will emphasize opportunities in the upcoming reauthorization of the federal transportation bill and share resources commissioned by the National Convergence Partnership (CP) that describe promising and evidence-based strategies. Strategies were compiled and analyzed from literature reviews, expert interviews, and policy and research reports. The CP is a national group of funders committed to a multi-sectoral collaboration to foster healthy environments through equitable policy and organizational practice changes.

The key to making health a central concern in transportation policies is to ignite a cross-sectoral partnership united around a strategic agenda with approaches that achieve multiple health benefits. Success stories will be shared from around the country with examples of how strategies can be tailored to fit specific needs of communities. Building on the history of traffic safety success, this agenda will mobilize a broad constituency of support for health, equity and safety for all travelers.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will: 1.Describe the health impacts of transportation patterns and the imperative for a health emphasis in transportation policies and practices. 2.List 3-5 transportation policies and practices at the federal, state, and/or local level that reduce rates of traffic injuries and deaths and understand their potential to impact other health issues. 3.Identify 3-5 partners within various health disciplines and across sectors that should be engaged to advance a broad 21st Century transportation agenda. 4.Become familiar with resources delineating the various health impacts of transportation policies and practices.

Keywords: Injury Prevention, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a key staff person in Prevention Institute's transportation/health and injury prevention program areas. Prevention Institute is a national non-profit that has been building the field of primary prevention for over 11 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.