Online Program

Engagement of the Public Health Community in Traffic Injury Prevention via Strategic Highway Safety Plans

Monday, November 2, 2015

Development of strategic highway safety plans (SHSP) by states has been a federal transportation requirement for the past decade. Each plan is designed to provide a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.  SHSPs are developed through a cooperative process involving local, state, federal, tribal and private sector safety stakeholders with expertise in the four E's of highway safety – engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS).  The plans must be data-driven and establish statewide goals, objectives, and key emphasis areas on which to focus resources. Most states have experienced significant drops in traffic fatalities and injuries since SHSPs have been required.  However, a number of states have experienced recent increases in these numbers and will need to be even more strategic and targeted in their approaches moving forward to achieve further reductions.  States are recognizing they will need to engage a broader range of partners – including increased engagement by the public health community – to define the most effective strategies on which to spend resources.  Additionally, states are recognizing increased focus on program evaluation is needed moving forward to ensure resources are spent only on the most effective programs.  The traffic safety community will benefit from developing increased partnerships with the public health community to identify the most effective education programs and conduct improved program evaluation throughout the SHSP process. Increased public health engagement will be beneficial both at the state strategic planning level and via community based implementation of SHSP strategies.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define the components of a strategic highway safety plan Identify opportunities for engagement of the public health community in traffic safety efforts

Keyword(s): Transportation, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have ten years of experience as a professional working on transportation safety issues. I have led or been involved in development or implementation of multiple strategic highway safety plans and regional transportation safety plans throughout the U.S.
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.

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