Online Program

Safe Streets Program: Preventing At-Risk Students from Motor Vehicle Related Injuries

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mina Farag, MPH, CHES, CPSTI, Injury Prevention Program, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Motor vehicle-related are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in children 19 years old and younger. Every year, approximately 900 children under age 19 are killed. In addition, 51,000 children are injured as pedestrians, and 5,300 of them are hospitalized because of their injuries. The main objective of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Safe Streets Project, funded through the University of Southern California (USC) Good Neighbors Campaign Grant, is to educate students, students ages 5-17, parents, teachers and communities about pedestrian and vehicle safety. Elementary School Students (5-8 years old) and their parents will learn about CPS best practices through two different (one for each) educational presentations. Parents will have the opportunity to become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Middle School Students (10-14 years old) will learn about pedestrian safety and the dangers of being a distracted pedestrian. A new and innovative “Distracted Pedestrian Obstacle Course” will give students a first-hand experience of the dangers of being distracted. Students will maneuver the obstacle course while being fitted with a GoPro camera. The footage will be used to supplement the presentation. The Drunk/Distracted Driving program is designed to prevent destructive driving behaviors among high school students (15-17 years old). The program will feature an educational, interactive presentation that includes Fatal Vision Goggles and “Jeopardy” game.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain how to educate elementary school students and their parents about child passenger safety. Explain how to educate middle school students about pedestrian safety through a new innovative approach. Explain how to educate high school students about the dangers of destructive driving behaviors.

Keyword(s): Health Promotion and Education, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on and been apart of the grant writing process for the USC Good Neighbor Campaign for 3 years. The focus of these grants have been preventing traumas and injuries to children as a result of motor vehicle related incidents.
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.