Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Webinar on CDC’s New Interactive Calculator for States

Thursday, October 30, 11 a.m. -12 p.m. MT

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In conjunction with CDC’s October Vital Signs on Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries and Costs, CDC released a new interactive calculator, called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States). This tool will help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 12 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. It is designed to calculate the expected number of injuries prevented and lives saved at the state level, as well as the costs of implementation, while taking into account the state’s available resources. A fact sheet for each intervention and a final report with methodologies and cost-effectiveness analyses are included. The Motor Vehicle PICCS is available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/calculator.

To learn more about MV PICCS, how to use it, and how to interpret the output join Safe States, CDC (Erin Sauber-Schatz), and RAND Corporation (Liisa Ecola) for a webinar on and demonstration of MV PICCS on Thursday, October 30, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

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Presenters

Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH, serves as the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities which includes motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC winnable battle. The Transportation safety Team’s focus areas include seat belt use, child passenger safety, safe teen driving, alcohol-impaired driving, tribal motor vehicle injury prevention, and older adult mobility. She began her career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working at the Florida Department of Health with a focus in maternal and child health. She has served as an epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team with subject matter expertise in child passenger safety and safe teen driving including the Parents Are the Key campaign, CDC’s national campaign to increase awareness among parents of proven steps to keep teen drivers safer.


Liisa Ecola, MCP, is a senior project associate at the RAND Corporation. A transportation planner with interests in transit, transportation demand management (TDM), finance, and environmental and land use impacts, her current work is in several major areas: the intersection of transportation with climate policy, road pricing, traffic safety, and long-term mobility trends. She was recently the lead author of a report that looked at the future of driving in developing countries, and she is currently leading a project on future mobility in China. For the CDC, Ms. Ecola has provided research and management support on a tool to determine the cost-effectiveness of various policies to reduce vehicle crash deaths and injuries. She has also conducted extensive work in smart growth, managing the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for EPA for five years. In the TDM field, she conducted several research projects on the effectiveness and best marketing techniques for commuter benefits, and taught courses for the National Transit Institute. Ms. Ecola received her Master of City Planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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