Friday, August 23, 2019

Article: Parent/Teen Conversations Can Improve Driver Safety

Study shows parent/teen conversations can improve driver safety

Just don't talk about it on the phone while the teen is driving

Newswise — A new study from the University of Iowa finds that the use of video monitoring technology combined with parents talking to their teens about safe driving motivates young drivers to be safer.
The study, by researchers in the College of Public Health, finds that in-vehicle video monitoring systems more effectively improve safety for high school drivers when paired with additional communication from parents. The study found that training parents how to improve communication with their children about safe driving reduced the probability of future unsafe driving incidents by as much as 80 percent.
Corinne Peek-Asa, study co-author and professor of occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health, says about 3,000 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 in the U.S. die every year in motor vehicle crashes, making auto accidents the leading cause of death for teens in that age group. Various technologies have been developed to improve safety, including in-vehicle monitoring systems that record speed, direction, g-force, and other factors when teens are driving the vehicle. When the vehicle exceeds a safety threshold—such as sudden braking, acceleration, or swerves—the driver’s parents receive a real-time notification from the in-vehicle monitoring system about the unsafe driving event. Some models also are equipped with systems that record video and/or audio of what is happening inside the vehicle while the teen is driving.
For the study, researchers from the College of Public Health and the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) followed 150 families in Iowa over a period of three years. All drivers were teenagers who recently received their driver’s licenses, and onboard video-monitoring systems were installed on all vehicles. Fifty of the parents received notifications of their child’s unsafe driving events, and 50 were not notified.
The remaining 50 received notification, and also agreed to participate in an ongoing series of conversations about safe driving with their child based on the Steering Teens Safe program. The program, a parent guide under development by researchers at the College of Public Health, helps parents improve their child’s safe driving skills by providing more focused feedback during a conversation after an unsafe driving event notification from the monitoring technology.
“Steering Teens Safe is the only program that focuses specifically on parent communication strategies to help self-motivate teens to embrace safe driving behaviors,” says Peek-Asa. The study found that the 50 young drivers whose families discussed safe driving based on Steering Teens Safe had 80 percent fewer subsequent unsafe driving incidents than the 100 drivers in the other two groups, and 65 percent fewer than the group that received only parental notification.
According to researchers, the study suggests that teen driving can be made safer with increased support from parents and increased use of programs such as Steering Teens Safe that train parents to provide more relevant and useful feedback.
“Feedback from other audiences, such as driver education instructors, could also be helpful,” Peek-Asa says.
The study will be published in the October issue of of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. It was authored by Corinne Peek-Asa, Cara Hamann, Brandon Butcher, and Joseph Cavanaugh in the College of Public Health and Michelle Reyes at NADS.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Job Opportunity: Learning and Evaluation Officer - The Colorado Health Foundation

Job Opening: Learning & Evaluation Officer

Apply today and join our team!

The Foundation is pleased to announce a job opening for a Learning & Evaluation Officer. The Learning & Evaluation Officer will play an integral role in helping assess the Foundation's progress and impact, while supporting staff in using evaluative thinking, evidence and learning practices to accelerate progress towards the organization's mission. This position is a key member of the Foundation with responsibility for supporting teams around the development and refinement of strategy, designing and managing a portfolio of evaluation projects to assess strategy, and facilitating learning across time.

Ideal candidates will connect with our mission and cornerstones and proactively identify opportunities to advance our mission while remaining grounded in the day-to-day responsibilities. They will have expertise in leading the design and implementation of a broad portfolio of evaluation projects intended to inform strategy, a strong background in engaging with staff who have varying levels of experience with evaluation and learning, put equity at the heart of the work we do as a team, and have the ability to thrive in a rapidly changing work environment. They will be able to integrate concepts around strategy formation, systems thinking, complexity and adaptive/emergent strategy. Creative problem solving, critical thinking and effective communication are also a must.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate exceptional skills in evaluative and strategic thinking. A minimum of five years’ experience leading the design and oversight of a portfolio of evaluation projects is required.

If you or someone you know is a evaluation professional seeking a unique opportunity to engage with learning, evaluation and organizational strategy, please visit our website to learn more and apply. All applications require a resume and cover letter.

The application for this position closes on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The Foundation is committed to and intentional about diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we invite qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Opportunity: Comedy Defensive Driving's Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

At Comedy Defensive Driving, we believe that quality education is too expensive for many students and should be obtainable for everyone. So, if you are up for trying something meaningful to help achieve your goal of a quality college education, continue reading.

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship: Design an advertisement that will educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, and convince them with a clear call to action not to text and drive, drink and drive, eat and drive, or any other distraction you choose to focus on. You may focus on distracted driving as a whole, or pick a specific kind of distracted driving, but the message/focus of your advertisement must be clear. You will be judged based on the quality of the content, it’s usability as an ad (billboard, commercial, PSA, poster, radio ad, etc.) and how it effectively convinces drivers to stay focused on the road. We are looking for creative, and helpful ads with maybe a bit of humor or irony.

One Scholarship Offered Twice Annually:

Spring Semester Scholarship:
  • Submission Deadline: May 31
  • Winner Announced: June 30

Fall Semester Scholarship:
  • Submission Deadline: December 31
  • Winner Announced: January 31

  • Open to students planning on or currently attending an accredited college, university or continuing education program
  • No GPA Requirement, financial requirement, or any other kind of requirement – Just knowing you are making the effort to get out of bed and do something positive before noon qualifies
  • Take the pledge to not use your phone while driving, and definitely not to drive while you’re buzzed.. And definitely don’t use your phone if driving
  • All forms of ads accepted including: PSA, commercial, music, billboards, media, graphics, etc. MUST BE AN ADVERTISEMENT WITH CLEAR CALL-TO-ACTION
  • No time restraints, however, keep in mind that you are making an advertisement, not a Ridley Scott movie
  • No overt profanity
  • Nudity will not be allowed
  • Plagiarism automatically disqualified

How to apply:
  • Submit advertisement to: In the body of your email, include the following:
    • Your name
    • Best way to contact you 
    • Name of University/College you currently or plan to attend
    • Major or intended major
    • What kind of advertisement you created (billboard, magazine ad, commercial/PSA, radio ad, etc.)

NOTHING ELSE IS NEEDED. We will not be judging based on anything other than the advertisement, so don’t sweat over an introductory email. Winners will be contacted directly; submissions through phone calls, physical mail, fax, etc. will NOT be accepted. Scholarship will be awarded to the student who provides the most compelling ad against distracted driving. Quality, creativity, your choice of medium, the message both visually and verbally, and whether we can see this ad actually being used as part of a campaign against distracted driving, will all be taken into consideration.

Who is Comedy Defensive Driving? Only the most widely known name in driving safety and education, since 1989. We utilize professional comedians to maximize student attention using humor as our method of content delivery. 
Visit our website here!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Webinar: Changing Internal Practices to Advance Health Equity

LIVE WEBINAR TUESDAY, August 28, 2019 FROM 12:00-1:15 PM EST.
Sign in opens a few minutes before start time. A link will be available at that time.

Changing organizational practices to advance health equity is a difficult task. 
But through using the Human Impact Partners' definition of health equity and 
theory of change, we can begin to minimize the barriers of change management. 
This webinar will feature Megan Gaydos, Project Director at Human Impact 
Partners, and will focus on methods that health departments can use to address 
power imbalances and other factors in order to advance health equity.

Local health department staff, community organization leaders, and other public 
health professionals

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the role of health departments in addressing power imbalances, racism
    and other forms of oppression at the root of health inequities.
  • Name three barriers and three antidotes to changing organizational culture.
  • Identify five internal actions that health departments can implement to advance
    health equity.

Continuing Education Credit
CE is not available for this training.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources 
and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers 
($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author 
and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any 
endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Contact us at with questions.

Sign up for this course today!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Training Announcement: Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement

Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement

September 5, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Are you ready to be challenged to move your youth engagement work forward? Are you looking for actionable ways to advance equity in your community? Register today for the FREE, online Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement training course. 

About the course: 

Social justice youth development combines intentional anti-oppressive practice with and for young people, with knowledge and skill building from youth development to support youth as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives. During this seven-week course, participants will be expected to critically analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives and participate in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people. This course will offer a mix of critical reflection, skill-building, applied practice, and tools and resources that will enable participants to be an advocate for and with youth.

Click here to register!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Event: CDOT to Host Breathalyzer Brunch

CDOT's "Breathalyzer Brunch" at Spanky's Roadhouse 
August 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m

Calling all Denver Brunchers! 

As part of CDOT's DUI-prevention campaign, CDOT is hosting a "Breathalyzer Brunch" at Spanky's Roadhouse to raise awareness of personal breathalyzers as a tool to prevent impaired driving.

Attendees will:
  • Be equipped with a breathalyzer to monitor their BACs as they enjoy their brunch meals and drinks
  • Receive a free breathalyzer for their time
  • Receive ride-hailing credit provided by CDOT to make sure they get home safely

Click here to register!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Resource: Toolkit on how to fix an unsafe school zone in your community

Take Action Toolkit: How To Fix An Unsafe School Zone In Your Community 

Find strategies, advocacy tips, model documents, and resources provided by our Public Policy team to help you work in your community to make safety changes to your school zone. Changes covered in our action plans can improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and all of us near schools.You can learn more about child safety risks in our report, "Alarming Dangers in School Zones," which led to the development of our Take Action Toolkit.