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Traffic Safety Through a Public Health Lens

​​​On Thursday, March 28th, 2024 from 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM, the NTSB will partner with the American Public Health Association to host a webinar: “Traffic Safety Through a Public Health Lens.”

The joint NTSB/APHA webinar is in advance of the APHA’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) the first full week of April. NPHW is a time to recognize the importance of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health.

The Webinar will highlight traffic safety as a public health issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that an estimated 42,795 were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2022. 

The latest Centers for Disease Control data place unintentional injury fourth on the list of causes of death, behind Heart Disease, Cancer, and COVID-19 (the latest data are from 2021.) The NTSB’s position is that the only acceptable number of traffic deaths is zero, and many in the road safety community consider roadway deaths, a leading cause of unintentional injury, a public health crisis. This panel will provide a glimpse into the nexus between public health and road safety.

Panelists will provide an understanding of basic public health principles and how they apply to traffic safety. They will examine traffic safety through a public health lens, present the public health approach to injury prevention, and address the need for equity in efforts to improve traffic safety. 


  • ​Mighty Fine, APHA, Associate Executive Director, Division of Public Health Policy & Practice
  • David Ederer, CDC, Epidemiologist, Physical Activity and Health Branch
  • T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, FIA Foundation, TIRF, Senior Advisor, Public Health & Transportation
  • Kathleen Carlson, Professor of Epidemiology OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and Core Investigator at Portland VA

Sophia Peerzada, an NTSB Safety Advocate, will moderate.

Read the panelist bios

This will be a Zoom meeting. 

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