Applying the Public Health Approach to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention: An Overview of the Public Health Approach & Injury Prevention


Safe States Alliance






1.5 hours

CEU Credits: 

1.5 hours

Course Code: 



Safe States Alliance -; 770-690-9000

1 - Ability to DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN injury and/or violence as a major social and health problem. Icon


This is Webinar #1 in a four-part series entitled Applying the Public Health Approach to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention.” This webinar sets the stage for this series, providing an overview of the Public Health Approach, Injury, and Core Competencies.


This series explores the topic of the Public Health Approach and how it can be applied to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention. Data shows that in 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. State recreational boating safety programs are responsible for the annual implementation of more than 95% of all boating safety expenditures nationwide – including boating law enforcement, boating safety education, public access, aids to navigation and a range of other boating safety services.


The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is committed to cultivating a boating public that is better prepared to engage in safer boating behavior, in part by assisting state boating safety agencies to become fluent in the public health approach to injury prevention. Nationally, NASBLA brings together state recreational boating safety agencies for standardization and reciprocity in public policy development, communicating strategies, coordination, information sharing, education, and training.


NASBLA partnered with the Safe States Alliance to present the four-part webinar series on the Public Health Approach to Injury Prevention, with a focus on recreational boating injuries. The series is organized by each of the key four steps in the Public Health Approach, with relevant Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention mapped to each of these four steps. These Core Competencies can provide a road map for gaining or strengthening the essential knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to grow professionally, and strengthen the field and practice of injury and violence prevention, including recreational boating injury prevention.


Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this self-study training, participants will:  

  • Learn about the Public Health Approach and how it can be applied to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention.
  • Learn how the Public Health Approach can be applied across different disciplines in program planning and implementation.




  • Ron Sarver, NASBLA
  • Jennifer Woody, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 


Continuing Education

Continuing education credits are offered for this training for Safe States members. These include credits for individuals who are Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified in Public Health (CPH). This self-study training is designated for: (1) Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hour, and (2) for professionals with a Certificate of Public Health (CPH) to receive 1.5 CPH Recertification Credit. 

Training Instructions

To complete this training, you will need to:  

  1. Participate in the training by accessing the recorded webinar and additional resources:
    Recorded Webinar #1
    Webinar #1 SlidesWebinar #1 Resource Document
  2. Complete the online evaluation which includes questions for you to report CPH or CHES continuing education credits for this training. Please note, you must complete this online evaluation and its CPH and/or CHES questions in order for Safe States to submit your CPH and/or CHES credits to the respective CEU providers
  3. Create your certificate of completion.          

 If you encounter any technical difficulties related to this training, please contact the Safe States Alliance at or (770) 690-9000.

Additional Registration Required:  


To receive CHES or CPH credits, complete this form:

Print a Certificate of Completion

Once you have completed a Safe States Alliance training, follow the links below to generate a customizable Certificate of Completion for your records. Please note, you must complete the online continuing education credit form in order for Safe States to submit your credits to the respective providers.

Safe States Resources Hub