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A Safe Systems Approach: Working Across Disciplines to Improve Safety and Health Equity Outcomes

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This webinar is led and co-sponsored by ITE and Vision Zero Network.
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Webinar Description:
Thousands of people die on our roadways every year. The substantial and continued loss of life from transportation requires new approaches to traffic safety. Watch this ITE-hosted webinar exploring important new research that highlights how transportation professionals can shift their approach to roadway safety work by incorporating public health principles into transportation planning and engineering.

Join panelists - including Tiffany Smith from the Vision Zero Network, David Ederer from the CDC & Meghan Mitman of Fehr & Peers - as we discuss what this means in roadway safety work, including the need for cross-disciplinary efforts aligned with transportation decarbonization, equity goals & more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize that transportation engineers effectively work as public health professionals
  • Describe the public health approach to transportation safety (i.e. focus causes of injury, prevention, and population level)
  • Describe how transportation can be a facilitator to health through physical activity
  • Explain how transportation professionals engage with the new Prioritizing Health Equity in Vision Zero work resource
  • Identify specific public health strategies/elements in roadway safety work
  • Identify actionable steps people can take (some small, some big) to bring in stronger health equity elements to their Vision Zero work
  • Learn about ITE’s new strategic plan and the focus on safety
  • Recognize the importance of institutionalization for the Safe System approach, and getting out of the safety silo by working across the ITE Councils

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  • Moderator: Kelly Rodgers, Owner and Principal | Streetsmart Planning LLC | Portland, OR, United States

    Kelly Rodgers, PhD, MLA, LEED-AP, is the owner and principal of Streetsmart Planning, LLC, a consultancy dedicated to integrating climate, health, and equity into transportation planning. Kelly has 16 years of city planning experience working in transportation, green infrastructure, community design, and renewable energy. Kelly is chair of the ITE Standing Committee on Health and Transportation and serves on the steering committee of Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (PHEAL), leading its community of practice effort. She is also a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Public Health (AME70) and the American Planning Association's Health Equity and Planning Interest Group.

  • David Ederer, Epidemiologist | Centers for Disease Control Prevention | Atlanta, Georgia, United States

    Dr Ederer is an Epidemiologist at CDC. His research focuses on the relationship between the built environment and physical activity, and applying public health principles in transportation safety. He served as an advisor to the US Mission to the United Nations during the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. He has a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

  • Tiffany Smith, Public Health Professional | Vision Zero Network | Queens, New York, United States

    Tiffany Smith is a public health professional who brings a passion for radical collaboration to her advocacy work. Prior to joining Vision Zero Network, she served as the Program Manager of Family Planning Services at the Institute for Family Health, where she worked with community health centers to scale up their reproductive health services and on advocacy efforts to mandate Medicaid coverage of a novel birth control method in New York State. She has developed research exploring patient satisfaction with a self-administered birth control and conducted research assessing Puerto Rico’s health needs following Hurricane Maria. Based in Queens, NY, Tiffany holds an MPH in Health Policy & Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

  • Meghan Mitman, AICP, RSP2I, Principal in Charge | Fehr & Peers | San Francisco, CA, United States

    Meghan Mitman, AICP, RSP2I, is the Regional Principal-in-Charge for Fehr & Peers’ San Francisco Bay Area Region. Meghan specializes in multimodal safety policy, planning, and design, with more than 20 years of experience managing projects and teaching safety courses for local, state, and federal clients. She focuses her practice on implementing the Safe System approach in support of Vision Zero through data-driven, community-oriented, and equity-first strategies.

    Meghan has served on numerous national research panels and advisory committees and has authored journal articles and national guidance documents focusing on user behavior and countermeasure use and efficacy. She was an author of the ITE Recommended Practice on Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges, the ITE/Vision Zero Network Core Elements of Vision Zero National Benchmark, the ITE Curbside Management Practitioners’ Guide, the multi-award winning California Complete Streets Safety Assessments Technical Guidebook, and the recent FHWA report Integrating the Safe System Approach with the Highway Safety Improvement Program as well as the Safe System Primer for Pedestrians and Bicycles.

December 14, 2023
Thu 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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