1955

McFarland publishes on epidemiological principles applicable to the study and prevention of childhood accidents, in the American Journal of Public Health.

 

First annual Stapp conferences on the biomechanics of crashes is held.

 

APHA surveys 1,556 state, local, and provincial health departments to assess the scope and effectiveness of health department programs in accident prevention; 33 state, 3 provincial, and 296 local health departments report having an accident prevention program; 62 report a full-time position in place for public health safety.

1956

Accident Prevention Program is initiated by the U.S. PHS.

1957

The American Association for Automotive Medicine (later, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine) is established.

1959

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is founded.

1960

APHA public policy statement recommends that accident prevention be recognized as a major public health problem and that all units of APHA cooperate to improve accident prevention efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

 

U.S. PHS Division of Special Health Services establishes the Division of Accident Prevention.

1961

Gibson publishes theory of injury produced by energy exchange.

 

APHA publishes Accident Prevention: The Role of Physicians and Public Health Workers.

 

The Journal of Trauma begins publication.

1964

Haddon, Suchman, and Klein publish Accident Research: Methods and Approaches.



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