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The ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to traffic crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. More than 36,500 people were killed in crashes in 2018. NHTSA provides national leadership on traffic injury prevention initiatives and emergency medical services (EMS) and 911 programs as part of its core mission. NHTSA conducts research on the behavioral factors, such as impaired driving, involved with traffic crashes to develop evidence-based programs and safety campaigns. It works closely with other federal agencies, such as the CDC, state and local government agencies, law enforcement agencies, EMS and public health organizations, and safety advocacy organizations to implement safety programs and outreach campaigns. The ASPPH/NHTSA Fellowship Program is a prestigious opportunity for an interested public health graduate with good quality analytic, research and program development skills who is interested in helping to make an impact on reducing traffic injuries and fatalities in the United States. The selected fellow will work with experienced professionals in NHTSA to learn all components of the comprehensive approach to traffic safety; develop a thorough understanding of the shared missions between public health, traffic safety and injury prevention; and experience working within a Federal agency on projects affecting the public health of the entire Nation. While at NHTSA, the fellows will develop their skills and knowledge in public health while learning about traffic injury prevention, emergency medical services, and motor vehicle safety. Today our nation is on the cusp of an exciting new era in transportation with advanced crash avoidance technology and automated driving systems. But until that technology comes to fruition, maintaining a focus on the behavioral factors that are responsible for more than 90 percent of all serious vehicle crashes will be essential to reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries. Upon completion of the ASPPH/NHTSA Fellowship Program, the fellow will have developed a greater understanding of the role of public health in reducing motor vehicle crashes and injuries, and will have made a valuable contribution toward NHTSA’s mission of saving lives and reducing the tragic toll of preventable deaths.
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