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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies for Reinvestment in Global Road Safety
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From September 8 to September 20, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and Global Road Safety Partnership co-led a two-week training course on road safety in Baltimore, Maryland.
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the course included more than 60 participants from 30 low- and middle-income countries around the world. Over the two weeks, participants and organizers -- including leadership, faculty, and staff from JH-IIRU -- worked to build leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies....Click here to read more.
Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Prepares to Co-Host Global Road Safety Leadership Course
Experts from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) will co-lead a two-week training course on road safety from September 8 to September 20, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The course, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will include 65 participants from more than 30 low- and middle-income countries around the world. Set at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Baltimore North, the course builds leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.
“We’re thrilled to host this year’s course here in Baltimore with dozens of road safety and public health professionals from across the globe,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani. “Since 2016, we’ve organized road safety leadership offerings and each course is an opportunity to both teach and learn from inspiring advocates. We look forward to helping to shape the next generation of global road safety leaders.”
Course instructors – comprised of JH-IIRU faculty and international colleagues – will lead sessions on a number of key subjects, including urban design, economics, behavior change, and enforcement. Participants will also embark on site visits to Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for additional presentations and hands-on course applications.
Throughout the 10-day offering, participants will also work together in small groups to apply lessons learned and prepare for formal presentations during the final day of the program.
Participants from the 2018 Global Road Safety Leadership Course attend Cultural Night at the National Aquarium.
Leadership and faculty from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), and international partners led a one-week road safety course on the campus of Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR) from August 5-9, 2019. The course, “Implementing Effective Road Safety Programs: Translating evidence to practice for road safety,” invited more than 70 participants from 20+ different cities in Brazil to gain training on the most important aspects of road safety through theoretical and practical sessions tailored for the Brazilian context.
JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, along with core JH-IIRU faculty Dr. Andres Vecino Ortiz, and partners at the Global Road Safety Partnership and UNIFOR, based the course off of the twice-annual Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC), which builds leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.
“This past week here in Fortaleza has demonstrated the investment the city and its local and regional leaders are making to improve road safety,” said Dr. Bachani. “The passion our Brazilian participants have in making their communities better, safer places is inspirational. We look forward to seeing this group apply lessons learned in the course in their day-to-day work.”
With sessions on everything from risk factors and leadership principles to successful cases of multisectoral action for road safety, the comprehensive curriculum sought to generate evidence-based skills and knowledge to the local and regional leaders in road safety, so they can improve design and policies in their own municipalities and departments.
Site visits – to such locations as roadside police checkpoints, bus rapid transit system, and local children’s hospital – provided participants with real-world applications of course content. Also, throughout the course, participants were divided into smaller cohorts for group work, before delivering final presentations at the conclusion of the course.
A number of GRSLC alumni reunited with course organizers. Luiza Amorim (GRSLC 2017), Omar Jacob (rGRSLC 2018), Dante Rosado (GRSLC2017), Flavio Cunto (GRSLC 2018), and Andre Correia (rGRSLC 2019), all led sessions during this offering, demonstrating the real impact that the Global Road Safety Leadership Course is having on creating leaders in road safety.
“It was marvelous,” said Correia, Enforcement Coordinator with the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety in Fortaleza. “We got to share the same [road safety] problems, but even better, we looked for solutions together. We are in a globalized world, we need to find those solutions together.”
JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents during the one-week road safety course in Fortaleza.