Center for Health Policy

UNMC Study finds that distracted driving is killing more pedestrians and bicyclists

From texting and talking on cell phones to eating while driving, researchers say distracted driving is a serious public health threat. Though motor vehicle deaths have been declining nationally, a recent study by researchers at UNMC found that deaths in pedestrians and cyclists are increasing. From 2005 to 2010, the national number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers went up from 344 to 500 — an almost 50 percent increase. For cyclists, the numbers killed went from 56 to 73 — a 30 percent increase.

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Nebraska Health Policy Academy Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Cohort

The Nebraska Health Policy Academy (HPA) is a competency-based training program designed to strengthen the capacity of state, local, and tribal health leaders and their key partners to understand the health policy process.  The Academy uses a hands-on approach grounded in problem solving, decision-making and leadership.

The primary goal of the HPA is to increase the capacity of Nebraska’s state and local public health staff and their community partners to use public health policy and law as a public health tool.

For more information about the HPA, check us out online: Health Policy Academy


Please contact Kelly Shaw-Sutherland at for further information or questions. The next cohort will begin January 2014.






Website Relaunched for UNMC Center for Health Policy

We made substantial improvements to the look and function of our website. It officially relaunched today. You can find us here. On the site, you can learn about the composition of the center, our educational offerings, and our research findings. The Blog has also been revised and improved. The blog will be a faster way for us to disseminate important policy information to the public. The vision is to have multiple authors (not just me) contribute to this blog to provide the most up to date and reliable information about policy that matters to the health of Nebraskans.