The Children's Safety Network (CSN) and the Network for Public Health Law jointly launch a new webinar series: "Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy." Four webinars will be held from November 2012 through May 2013. Each session will feature one injury topic and when appropriate, will include an update on which states currently have laws or policies related to that topic, state experience in gaining passage and implementing the law, and the experience of evaluating the effectiveness of the law. Presenters will also discuss the challenges faced by state health department injury prevention staff including prohibitions on involvement in promoting enactment of policies, lack of research on effectiveness of injury prevention laws, lack of funds for implementation of legislation; and, how to work with the opposition.
The second session in the series, "Implementation of State Youth Concussion Laws: Perspectives from the Frontlines,” will provide an update on states' youth concussion laws, as well as preliminary results from an interview survey with state officials and organizational leaders charged with implementation of these laws in their own states. Also, three presenters with different organizational perspectives will share their experiences in implementing the laws in their states. Presenters include Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H, Deputy Director, The Network for Public Health Law—Eastern Region, University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law; Carlene Pavlos, M.T.S., Director, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Gary Matthews, Executive Director, Alaska School Activities Association. The session moderator is Cindy Rodgers, M.S.P.H., Project Specialist, Children's Safety Network.