Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention
APHA is proud to annouce the release of "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners". This is a manual for public health professionals that provides the information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use. Click here to download a copy.
Public Health Traffic Safety Institute
Annually, the American Public Health Association in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks applicants to participate in the Public Health Traffic Safety Institute (PHTSI). The PHTSI presents an ideal forum for experienced and passionate individuals to play a major role in strengthening linkages between public health, traffic safety and injury prevention. Public health and traffic safety professionals are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams to develop a program or plan to address traffic safety.
This year teams from Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island will focus on motorcycle and pedestrian safety. Click on the state name to learn more about their efforts.
People are injured and lives are lost on a daily basis on our roads and highways. In 2004, there were an estimated 6,181,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 2,788,000 were injured and 42,636 people were killed and an average of 117 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in that same year — one every 12 minutes. Given these alarming statistics it’s easy to recognize that traffic related injuries/fatalities are a major public health concern, which requires intensive efforts for successful and longstanding prevention.
The Highway Safety Act of 1970 established the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S Department of Transportation. NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes through setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and equipment.
As a global leader in motor vehicle and highway safety, NHTSA is committed to providing the most accurate and complete information available to its customers, the American traveling public. To learn more visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/
In order to encourage public health practitioners to become more fully engaged in traffic safety programming and related educational activities, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and NHTSA have partnered to develop the Public Health Traffic Safety Institute.
The Public Health Traffic Safety Institute (PHTSI) presents an ideal forum for experienced and passionate individuals to play a major role in strengthening linkages between public health and traffic safety disciplines. It encompasses a multi-sector systems approach, technical assistance and connections to the community among other skill building functions.
Fortunately traffic related injuries and fatalities are largely preventable, through common public health approaches such as community education and other vigorous intervention efforts, which highlight the importance of the training conducted during the Public Health Traffic Safety Institute. In return the information and skills gained from participation in the PHTSI will be implemented in various community settings, increasing awareness, and working towards the prevention of unintentional injuries.
The mission of the PHTSI is to promote the use of a public health approach to traffic safety issues and provide an opportunity for public health/traffic safety leaders to share ideas and foster a multidisciplinary approach to traffic safety. It is a skill building experience, and a motion to move forward traffic safety prevention efforts.
Multidisciplinary teams are selected to participate in the PHTSI. These teams should display a proven commitment to addressing traffic safety concerns within their state.
Teen Driver Safety
In 2007 teams from Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio were selected to participate in the PHTSI.