Friday, February 26, 2021

Funding Opportunity: CDOT's Highway Safety Office RFA for FY22 Coming Soon!


CDOT's Highway Safety Office (HSO) will be releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for FY22 on or around March 1, 2021. Those interested in applying can visit this link, where the RFA, RFA Guides, data sources and other information will be posted soon. 

Some exciting changes have been made to the available traffic safety emphasis areas, specifically Police Traffic Services and Community Traffic Safety Programs. These additional emphasis areas will now allow an agency to submit one combined application for projects that encompass a combination of areas. Agencies who have more than one project are encouraged to combine applications if feasible (e.g. if you have a young driver grant and a child passenger grant, they may now be combined into one overall grant). According to the 2020 Problem Identification Report, the number of young drivers ages 15-20 involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash in Colorado  increased 11% from 2014-2018. Additionally, the number of motor vehicle fatalities among young drivers ages 15-20 increased 9% from 2014-2018, regardless of the age of the driver. Young drivers are particularly susceptible to the impacts of social, environmental, political, economic, interpersonal, and physical influences and systems. The most effective interventions are those which combine multifaceted, multilevel strategies for sustainable change.

Please reach out to Ashley Nicks or Lynn Holly with any questions: 

Opportunity: Call for Abstracts and Reviewers for Safe States 2021


Share Your Expertise!

To say it has been a challenging year, would be an understatement. Injury and violence prevention (IVP) professionals have certainly felt the impact of the pandemic - taking on additional duties, pivoting programming to accommodate the virtual world we now live in, all while balancing new personal and family challenges.


Now it is time to Reconnect and Reimagine IVP at the Safe States 2021 Virtual Injury and Violence Prevention Conference.


Last year over 400 IVP professionals experienced Safe States' first-ever virtual conference. For 2021, we are excited to build upon that successful format, offering three days of unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.


The Safe States 2021 Annual Conference will provide opportunities to Reconnect with peers from across the country on the important topics and issues impacting the field and Reimagine what injury and violence prevention looks like going forward.


The 2021 virtual conference will be held August 31st through September 2nd and feature both live and pre-recorded presentations. We know our members and partners are doing exciting and innovative work to advance the practice and the field, so it's your time to shine! We encourage you to attend and share your expertise with colleagues from across the country at this year's conference.



Submit an Abstract

Proposals accepted until 5:00 PM PDT on March 19, 2021

Abstracts of 250 words or less will be accepted for pre-recorded oral presentation, lightning talk, or learning lab formats.



Access the full set of guidelines and instructions for submitting your proposal and learn more about a new opportunity this year - Lightning Talks!



Apply to Review Abstracts

Complete the quick application by March 19, 2021

Help shape the agenda - volunteer to review abstracts in mid-April 2021. Authors planning to submit abstracts are welcome to participate.


Save the Date

Registration Opens in June 2021

Make plans to join us August 31st - September 2nd from anywhere with an internet connection.

Safe States Alliance

5456 Peachtree Blvd #244

Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Virtual Event: First Impact Parent Education Program, ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Month Event - Happening on March 1, 2021


Safety partners, educators, school administrators, health officials, and parents of young drivers: First Impact Zoom Presentation is scheduled for March 1, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 via Zoom
  • ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Month Event
  • Speakers: LT Collin Stosberg, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Marsha Jones, Retired Law Enforcement Officer. Moderator: Deana Dothage, University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Department of PM&R, ThinkFirst Missouri
  • First Impact educates parents and teens regarding Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law.
  • Attendance at First Impact is perfect for: Parents of teen drivers, ages 14 – 19, new and soon to be teen drivers, ages 14 – 19
  • First Impact aims to eliminate motor vehicle fatalities and injuries among teens. It further attempts to reduce teen-involved crashes by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s GDL law.

Register in advance for this meeting hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Watch a brief video to learn more about First Impact here . The Objectives of the First Impact Program are to Increase
  • Awareness of teen driving risks
  • Understanding of Missouri’s GDL law
  • GDL monitoring and enforcement at home
  • Importance of being a positive role model

GHSA: New Research on Distracted Driving Laws and Enforcement


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February 24, 2021
CONTACT: Adam Snider, 202-580-7930
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As Distracted Driving Deaths Increase,
New Research Highlights Resources to Strengthen Laws and Enforcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) today announced the release of the inaugural Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program (BTSCRP) report, Using Electronic Devices While Driving: Legislation and Enforcement Implications, published this morning by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) and funded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Driver distraction remains a major roadway safety concern, and the impact of these preventable crashes are felt every day across the country. Crashes involving a distracted driver killed 3,142 people in 2019, up nearly 10 percent from the year before. When a person reads a text while driving, his or her eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. Every state currently has restrictions in place to address distracted driving but the laws vary in scope and rigor. Additionally, some states – such as Ohio, Michigan and Utah – are considering legislation in 2021 to enhance their distracted driving laws. This new report can help inform state and local efforts to strengthen laws and address the issue comprehensively. 

Researchers at Westat reviewed distracted driving laws as well as enforcement and public education practices across the United States and Canada to develop a library of resources and best practices that states and other stakeholders can use to enact or revise their laws and enhance enforcement and education efforts. Researchers found that jurisdictions with strong traffic safety laws, supported by enforcement, public education and outreach, tend to have lower overall traffic fatality rates.

In the first phase of the project, researchers reviewed existing laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 10 Canadian provinces; assessed the strength of these laws; and performed an in-depth review of 20 selected jurisdictions. The researchers found the most effective laws and state safety efforts had the following common elements: 

  • Unambiguous statutory language that clearly defines when and how a wireless device can and cannot be used
  • Penalties and fines in line with other traffic citations
  • A combination of high-visibility enforcement of the law and targeted public information, education and outreach campaigns
  • Sustained coalition-building efforts

Researchers used these findings to develop customized tools for different audiences such as model legislation; presentations to provide guidance to law enforcement, researchers and practitioners; a highlight document for legislators that outlines the benefits of strong distracted driving laws and key components to consider in crafting laws; and a model press release to publicize information on distracted driving legislation. They also identified future research needs and opportunities to further address, such as the effectiveness of certain elements of these laws and whether there are alternative ways to reduce distracted driving without legislation.

TRB will host a webinar on Monday, March 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, to discuss the report, distracted driving public awareness strategies and successes in various jurisdictions, and ways to share best practices with stakeholders.

This report is the first project released under BTSCRP, a collaboration between GHSA, NHTSA and TRB to increase understanding of behavioral traffic safety topics and propose practical solutions. Upcoming reports will address a wide range of road safety topics, including how infrastructure design impacts distracted driving, e-scooter safety, child safety in ride-hailing vehicles, traffic safety messaging on electronic signs, and employer-based behavioral traffic safety programs. 

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About GHSA
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Visit for more information or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

A forum for coordinated and collaborative research, BTSCRP is a federally authorized program that dedicates annual funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Since FFY 2018, the National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board (TRB) has managed BTSCRP through its cooperative research program. Learn more at
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Opportunity: Call for Youth Presenters - Collaborative Youth Summit & Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference


Click here to submit your presentation ideas!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Webinar: CPHA Health Equity Coalition Webinar Series




The Colorado Public Health Association's Health Equity Webinar Series is open to CPHA members and non-members alike. Please join us on February 25th, 12-1 pm MST.

Click here to register

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Resource: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit - Including a Transportation-Specific Toolkit


Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

This toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing programs to address social determinants of health in rural communities across the United States.

This toolkit will supplement and expand on previous work in this area including the RHIhub Social Determinants of Health for Rural People topic guide, and several RHIhub evidence-based toolkits for rural community health:

For more information about rural community health programs, including how to develop and implement a program, please visit the Rural Community Health Toolkit.