ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON, WASHINGTON
Injury Control Traffic Safety Symposium

 

PROJECT CHARACTERISTICS PROGRAM AREA(S)
  Targets hard-to-reach/at risk population
Outstanding collaborative effort
  Injury Prevention
       
TYPE OF JURISDICTION    
  Multi-jurisdictional    
       
TARGETED POPULATION(S) JURISDICTION SIZE
  General Population   10,673,390


PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION
Region 10 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encompasses the states of Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The land areas of these four states comprise 23 percent of the total land area of the United States, while the population of the region represents only 3.8 percent of the U.S. total. Not only are the distances great, but the overall low population density and smaller economic base means that no single agency has the resources to conduct and manage injury prevention programs statewide. As a result, individuals committed to injury prevention often come from a variety of agencies that may or may not have the resources to effectively coordinate programs. Moreover, valuable prevention resources may be expended on injury prevention activities that are relatively ineffective in reducing injury. Credible opportunities for training in the region are scarce and there are significant geographic, as well as financial barriers to access.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Injury Control Traffic Safety Symposium concept was developed in 1998 by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center to help reduce the incidence and severity of trauma related to injuries, particularly involving traffic safety. This goal is to be accomplished through these objectives:

  • Increasing the capacity for traffic safety advocates, healthcare practitioners and other injury prevention professionals throughout the region
  • Conducting "train-the-trainer" injury prevention conferences tailored to regional priorities
  • Incorporating effective training techniques as part of the course content and provide opportunities for practicing the delivery of injury prevention information
  • Requiring trainees to conduct subsequent training sessions after completing the initial conference
  • Providing for a follow-up evaluation procedure for the trainees


STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES
The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center conducts two, three-day "train-the- trainer" conferences annually, to build capacity among professionals throughout the region who are responsible for initiating and managing effective traffic safety and injury prevention programs. In order for the Injury Control Traffic Safety Symposium to be successful, only the states' most accomplished professionals in their field are asked to present during the three days of the conference. Moreover, quality control is assured for future events by requiring participants to complete an evaluation.

Trainees are expected to conduct at least two additional training events in their home state within the six-month period following their initial training. Trainees conducting these subsequent training events are required to provide an evaluation component that will allow project staff to evaluate the success of follow-on training efforts.


RESULTS
Through the Injury Control Traffic Safety Symposium concept, more than 100 injury prevention stakeholders in a four-state region have been traine. Evaluations have indicated that the training program is relevant to participants, providing them with theoretical principals and practical tools for immediate use in their home states.

In addition, the training has been convenient for promoting the latest in injury control traffic safety initiatives, such as Safe Communities and Buckle Up America! The Symposium has also proven to be an excellent venue for professional development.

 

FUNDING
  Section 402:
State:
Other:
$5,000
$5,000
$5,000
CONTACT  
 

David Grossman, MD, MPH
Co-director, Harborview Injury Prevention
and Research Center
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359960
Seattle, Washington 98104-2499
(206) 5211520



NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

SPRING 2000