April 2013

Driving in Teens with Autism

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to dedicate this blog to discussing the issue of driving in teens with autism spectrum disorders. Lately, I have been fielding more and more questions from parents of teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) about whether their teens are ready to drive.

One Man’s Tragedy Saves Many Lives

For the past two weeks, I was the guest of Chairman Avi Na’or, CEO Shmuel Aboav, Dr. Tsippy Lotan and other road safety heroes at the Or Yarok, the leading road safety organization in Israel. What an amazing experience and an honor. My trip included a speaking engagement at the Or Yarok national road safety conference and involved meetings with Or Yarok researchers, academics, entrepeneurs and others from around Israel and leaders in governmental agencies (including the Israel National Road Safety Authority and the Israel Institute for Health Policy).

Focusing on What Counts for Teen Drivers

While motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, we have made great strides in reducing the number of crashes involving teens behind the wheel. According to a new report released today by CIRP@CHOP and State Farm®, the number of teen driver-related fatalities declined 47 percent in the past six years from a total of 5,889 in 2005 to a total of 3,150 in 2011.

A Global Perspective on Child Passenger Safety

As a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician and an Outreach Specialist here at CIRP@CHOP, I help researchers translate research findings into practical recommendations and messages. To effectively reach our end users, which are typically parents, we need to consider how their beliefs and motivations impact how they receive and interpret our messages. I recently read a post on the Safe Kids blog that put this idea into practice on a global scale.

Welcoming Future Scientists

The cold weather is moving out, the warm air is coming in, and we’re looking forward to another great summer. It’s that time of year when we gear up to welcome our Injury Science REU students, nine talented undergraduates from across the country who will spend their summers working side-by-side with CIRP researchers.

Helping Children Cope With the Tragedy in Boston

In the wake of yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. Today, as we are left with more questions than answers, we may be asking ourselves, “How do we handle this in our family? How do we talk to our children about what happened?” Here at CIRP@CHOP, we turn to our colleagues that have experience in communicating with children about these very sensitive topics.

Band of Industry Competitors Fuels Translational Research

I joined The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) just a few months ago as Project Manager, and since Day One our team has been gearing up for our annual Spring Industry Advisory Board meeting. Over the past few months, I’ve spoken to over twenty Board members to systematically assess their reasons for joining CChIPS, their perspectives on the role of the IAB, and strategies for sustainability into the future. It’s clear that our Board members are passionate about their work and proud they are contributing to the safety of children every day.

Now Online: NJ Decal Law Webinar Video

In a recent post, I described the health policy community’s keen interest in CIRP@CHOP’s research on New Jersey’s GDL “decal” requirement. Later that month the Public Health Law Webinar Series hosted a panel of research and program experts to discuss the NJ GDL Decal requirement.

Putting the Rear Seat First

Seventy percent of rear seat occupants are children and adolescents, so it’s important to consider their unique safety needs as part of any improvements to the rear seat. Released today, a new CPS Issue Report provides recommendations for research and policy to help guide traffic safety colleagues in their consideration of priorities for safety in the rear seat, especially as it pertains to NHTSA’s Request for Comment to identify needed improvements to the New Car Assessment Program.