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Summer 2008 | Vol. 10 | No. 4
National Initiative Focuses on Keeping Young Drivers Safe and Healthy
The National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010 (The National Initiative) has placed a strong emphasis on keeping young drivers safe. The initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Adolescent Health, in conjunction with a group of working partners, is a collaborative effort to improve the health, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-24).
One of the National Initiative's four key goals is improving health and safety outcomes in areas defined by 21 Critical Health Objectives, including:
- Reducing deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes;
- Reducing deaths and injuries caused by alcohol- and drugrelated motor vehicle crashes;
- Increasing the use of safety belts; and
- Reducing the proportion of young adults who report that they rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
To achieve its goals, The National Initiative is developing resources and tools for program providers. In collaboration with the National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC), it has developed Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities- a how-to guide to help states and local agencies advance adolescent health.
The National Initiative is also drafting an Action Guide specifically addressing young driver safety. The guide will include key motor vehicle injury data, successful programs and policies and tips on establishing partnerships with community groups and parents. It will also contain a comprehensive list of online resources.
Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities is available online at www.cdc.gov/ HealthyYouth/NationalInitiative.