Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Public Policy

Backover Crash Prevention in Israel

My guest contributor Sharon Levi, Beterem. Backover crashes are common in the Arab community in Israel; in the years 2007-2010, 38 children died in backover crashes in this community. This is due to a lack of play areas away from vehicles, children playing near vehicles without supervision, and a lack of knowledge regarding the methods to prevent these crashes.

Road Safety Work in Action in Israel

Last week I blogged about Beterem, a national child safety organization in Israel, and its successful research-to-action model. As I traveled about Israel over the past two weeks, I captured some of Israel's road safety work in action as well as daily life unfolding.

A World Tour (of Learner Driver Decals)!

A recent study demonstrated the early positive effect of New Jersey’s novice driver decals at reducing teen crash rates. Other states are also contemplating requiring novice drivers to display decals (also known as identifiers) on the outside of their vehicle when they are the driver. This got me thinking about what novice driver identifiers look like in other parts of the world.

Beterem's Evidence-based Approach in Israel

I was truly inspired when I met with my friends, Orly Siblinger and others, from Beterem over the past few days in Petah Tikvah, Israel. This was my third visit with this wonderful organization, and I am always impressed with their work.

Policy Petri Dish – New Jersey Decal Study Resonates

This week, we were excited to learn that our article “Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers” has been selected Robert Wood Johnson Research Foundation's No. 1 Most Influential Research Article of 2012 . How did a study on a single provision of one state’s GDL program grab the attention of health care policy stakeholders? I asked Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, lead author and director of epidemiology at CIRP@CHOP, about why she thought the study resonated so strongly with the broader public health community. She gave much credit to the state of New Jersey. Participate in a free Webinar on the topic on March 21, 2013, sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law.

How Did Your State Do?

Back in May 2012, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released The Facts Hurt, a state by state report on injury death rates and a report card for how well states scored on 10 indicators of injury prevention steps.

Pennsylvania had the 30th highest rate of injury, and scored 5 out of 10 for the key indicators for injury prevention steps. Since the report, nothing has changed.

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