Monday, July 1, 2019

Webinar Series: Preparing the Public Health Community for Autonomous Vehicles

Preparing the Public Health Community for Autonomous Vehicles:  A Webinar Series
October 2017-December 2019

About the Series
Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death and injury across the life-span, with more than 37,000 deaths in both 2016 and 2017. The introduction of autonomous vehicles to the automobile fleet holds the promise of significant reductions in motor vehicle injuries and fatalities, particularly among younger and older drivers, two populations at greater risk of motor vehicle injury and death.

This national webinar series will use a systems approach to unpack the challenges and opportunities that motor vehicle safety technologies present for the field of injury prevention as well as the role public health practitioners can and should play in promoting understanding and uptake of these technologies. This session will be of particular interest for members of state autonomous driving work groups, state and regional transportation policy makers, injury prevention professionals, researchers, engineers, and autonomous and connected vehicle manufacturers. Participants will be able to ask questions of the presenters.

Webinar 3: Convening Stakeholders: Bringing a Public Health Perspective to the Table
July 18, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:00pm ET
Featuring Jane Terry, Senior Director of Government Affairs at the National Safety Council; Dr. Eric Jackson, Director of Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center and Associate Research Professor at the University of Connecticut; and Dr. Kevin Borrup, Associate Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

For more information, email Ivy Jones Turner at [email protected]. Registrants for this webinar will be notified of future webinars in this series.  

About the MV-NPLT
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, a group of injury prevention professionals, researchers, engineers, and policy makers formed the Motor Vehicle National Peer Learning Core Team (MV-NPLT) to promote a public health approach to the acceptance and integration of automated safety features that can rapidly reduce automobile crash injuries and fatalities and decrease crash disparities. The MV-NPLT Core Team believes that public health practitioners can increase the acceptance and use of life-saving motor-vehicle technologies by understanding the systems that facilitate or impede the uptake of new safety technologies.