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Child Passenger Safety: A State and Tribal Perspective
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
2:00–3:00 pm (EST)

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Photo of Erin Sauber-SchatzLieutenant Commander (LCDR) Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH  

Team Lead, Transportation Safety Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC

Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz is the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities, including motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC Winnable Battle. The Transportation Safety Team’s focus areas include seat belt use, child passenger safety, safe teen driving, alcohol-impaired driving, tribal motor vehicle injury prevention, and older adult mobility.

She began her career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working at the Florida Department of Health with a focus on maternal and child health.

Dr. Sauber-Schatz received a doctorate in epidemiology and a certificate in public health preparedness and disaster response from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, and a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health in College Station, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in French from Texas A&M University.

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Photo of Antoinette (Toni) ShortAntoinette (Toni) Short
Caddo Nation Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Specialist and Coordinator, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Toni Short (Navajo Nation) has served as the Caddo Nation Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Specialist and Coordinator since 2003. She began her career with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma as a Community Health Representative in October 2000.

Ms. Short completed the Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program Development Fellowship in 2009 and has received the Oklahoma Area Indian Health Service Director’s Award for her accomplishments. She is an EMS National Certified First Responder and National Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and National Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Instructor.

She participates in various state, federal, and tribal organizations and coalitions throughout Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Safe Kids Executive Board of Directors, State of Oklahoma Injury Prevention Advisory Board, and the Oklahoma Metro Area Traffic Safety Committee.

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Photo of Lisa D. DawsonLisa D. Dawson, MPH
Director, Injury Prevention Program, Georgia Department of Public Health

Lisa Dawson is the director of the Injury Prevention Program at the Georgia Department of Public Health. With 18 years of public health experience, she helps guide the Child Fatality Review Panel on behalf of the department. Ms. Dawson is an advisory member for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project Connect and is an active partner with the Safe Kids Georgia program. Drawing on combined state and local public health experience in program development and implementation, as well as policy change and environmental assessment, she also serves as the co-associate director for outreach with the Emory Center for Injury Control.

At the Georgia Department of Public Health, Ms. Dawson collaborates with CDC, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She has held leadership positions within several organizations, including the Child Fatality Review Panel, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Commission, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia, and has chaired the Southeastern Regional Injury Control Network.

Prior to rejoining public health in 2003, Ms. Dawson led a program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to reduce childhood crash injuries. She received a master of public health degree with a concentration in health policy and management from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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