CSN eNewsletter
April 15, 2022
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners,

With the arrival of spring and relaxing of many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the nation, children and adolescents once again face opportunities for increased social opportunities and behind the wheel experiences.

This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 39% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days reported texting or emailing while driving at least once during that time. In 2019, almost 4,000 drivers ages 15-20 were involved in fatal crashes. The Children’s Safety Network released a Teen Driving Safety Resource Guide for public health practitioners to have the most recent information on prevention resources, laws, data sources and publications.

In addition to keeping our teens safe on the road, we must also keep our attention and action focused on the U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory on the nation’s youth mental health crisis. Approximately one fourth of adolescents aged 12–17 years received mental health services in the past year. In a recent interview, I discuss child and adolescent rising mental health needs, only exacerbated during the pandemic, and the need for increased access to mental health resources. 

Resources and research on these two important topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.

Please widely share the resources below with your networks.


Jennifer Leonardo, PhD

Children’s Safety Network Director
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
In the United States, nine people die every day in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2019:
  • 4,356 people were killed in crashes involving a young driver (15-20 years old)

  • Distracted student drivers were more likely to report they did not always wear a seatbelt, rode with a driver or drove themselves after drinking alcohol.

Young driver crashes are preventable. Learn more about increasing young driver safety, as well as the safety of all road users in the CSN resources below:

May 13-17, 2022

May 1-31, 2022 

May 1-31, 2022

May 1-31, 2022

May 23-26, 2022
Join the CSN team at the following sessions:
  • Workshop: Partnering to Advance Health Equity: Working Within and Across Organizations
  • Workshop: Workforce Capacity Development in the Child Safety Learning Collaborative
  • Poster: Phases of Improvement in the Child Safety Learning Collaborative Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Prevention Team
Bullying Prevention

Firearm Safety

Fire and Burn Prevention


Motor Vehicle Traffic Safety

Sports Injury Prevention

Substance Misuse Prevention

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.