AAAM contributes $1500 to the American Public Health Association’s President’s Road Safety Scholarship

I want to share my deep gratitude with you for the donation that AAAM made to the American Public Health Association’s section on Injury Control and Emergency Health Services.  The work of AAAM is so critical to the field of road safety research both in developing the evidence base needed to craft our arguments and as advocates for safer policies.  I’m very proud that AAAM was the sponsor of my scholarship at APHA this year!

As I told the review committee, the most popular and most cited research I ever published was a little study about bicycle riders’ helmet use and injuries on the roadway.  It helped, in part at least, to turn my career toward the study of neuro-emergencies. When I went back for my Ph.D. in Epidemiology, it was with the perspective of an emergency medicine researcher who has seen, first hand, what kind of toll unsafe public spaces have on individuals.

Now that I am working on my dissertation, the APHA conference looms large as this will be my final trip as a student member.  To that end, I’m really just so appreciative of the support of AAAM, the ICEHS section, and their review committee.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and I hope that the coming year will involve a successful transition to a role in the public health field as an epidemiologist or research investigator with the kind of vision and values that AAAM represents. Hopefully, this is just the first of many times I get to interact with (and thank) you and the association.

Thank you for your support to APHA,
Ben King


 

My name is Neha Trivedi and I am one of the recipients of the APHA Presidents Road Safety Scholarship sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. I wanted to take the time and thank you for this gracious donation for students like me to expand our horizons in the area of injury prevention and road safety.

I am currently a 4th year Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and am researching distracted driving behaviors among emerging adults and the influence of social networks on risky driving. Your contribution has allowed me to travel to APHA to present my research as well as network with fellow road safety scholars and key leaders in the field. Without your generous donations for traveling to California would be difficult, and I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity. As a budding researcher, I would love to hear more about your organization and the work being done to continue building my tool kit when it comes to advocacy, research, and policy work in the field of injury prevention. As technology continues to develop we need to work together to understand how to keep all of our citizens safe while on the road.

Once again, thank you again for this opportunity!

Best,
Neha Trivedi