Injury Prevention

Teen girl driving with dadInjuries are the most common, costly and preventable causes of pediatric morbidity and mortality. Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of Vermont teens. In response to this critical public health issue, the project works with primary care providers in Vermont to promote screening and counseling teens in primary care to promote safe driving.

Objectives

  • Raise the awareness of primary care practitioners of motor vehicle crashes as the #1 killer of teens in Vermont and in the United
  • States.
    Increase the frequency and uniformity of screening and counseling for teen-safe driving in primary care.

Accomplishments

  • Collaborated with the Vermont Department of Education, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association to develop "A Parent Guide to the Graduated Driver License."
  • Collaborated with the Vermont Department of Health on a symposium that brought together key leaders in highway safety, transportation, public health, and youth development for an in-depth, multi-disciplinary exploration of crashes among youth drivers and opportunities for prevention.
  • Completed a study of primary care provider practices in addressing teen risky driving behaviors.
  • Partnered with the Vermont Youth Health Initiative to offer practice-based education and tools for promoting teen safe driving in primary care.

Project Contact

Alyssa Consigli, RD, CSSD