As ASPPH Public Health Fellows hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services, Ms. Leslie Carson, of Ohio State University College of Public Health and Dr. Katharyn Kryda, of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, recently published two Traffic Tech summary reports on public perceptions of the emergency response system. “The 2016 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey: Emergency Medical Services” and “The 2016 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey: 911 Systems” were published earlier this year. First conducted in 1994, the Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS) periodically asks respondents about attitudes, knowledge, and behavior related to seat belt use, child passenger safety, emergency medical services (EMS), 911, and other topics related to vehicle occupant protection. The most recent survey was administered in 2016 and 2017.
Ms. Carson and Dr. Kryda were lead authors on the EMS and 911 Traffic Techs, respectively. Among the key findings were a high level of public trust in EMS clinicians, strong support for EMS to be considered an essential government service, and willingness of most respondents to pay more for expanded EMS and 911 services. In addition, the MVOSS results demonstrate that the public expects 911 capabilities many systems cannot yet support. Both Traffic Techs and associated MVOSS reports are available to read and share at the National Transportation Library.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06