Maternal Child Health

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash (CDC, 2018).

The Maternal Child Health Grant is one of the nation’s largest federal block grant programs. The State applies for the funding annually; and disperses the money to local public health agencies to work on supporting and improving health outcomes for mothers, children, and their families. The current grant period runs from October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021.

Prior to receiving the grant, we collected data from within our county and conducted surveys on what priority health issues citizens felt needed addressed. From that it was decided the focus of our grant would be on reducing unintentional injuries related to motor vehicle accidents in adolescents age 10-19.

Over the next three years, the health department will be collaborating with schools and other organizations in the community to increase education related to safe driving, such as the importance of seat belt use, limiting distractions, and not driving impaired.