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Health Journalism 2011: The intersection of highway safety and health

If a disease killed nearly 33,000 Americans each year and was the No. 1 killer of Americans younger than 35, it would surely be a topic covered by most health reporters.

 

Substitute "fatal traffic wrecks" for the word "disease" and reporters have "all the elements of a great public health story" that's not being reported as much as it needs to be, said Jacob Nelson, director of traffic safety policy and research for the American Automobile Association.

 

Nelson and his fellow panelists, journalists Robin Schwartz and Andy Miller, urged journalists who attended the "The intersection of highway safety and health" panel at Health Journalism 2011 to examine whether public health leaders, traffic safety officials and lawmakers were doing enough combat traffic deaths.

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