Articles for April 2015

Service Learning Infographic

As a followup to the student survey, I designed an infographic to educate students about the need for teaching others about our topic: bicycle helmet safety.  The infographic is designed to be appealing to the student audience and employs graphics that are easy to read and comprehend.  The color scheme of the infographic is tailored around the embedded map that depicts the number of states in our nation that currently have helmet laws.  Data for the infographic was collected form various resources such as the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes for Health, and major trauma hospitals like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Research shows that head injuries are more common than any other reported injury to children who ride bikes, skateboards, or scooters.  The most recent data collected in 2010 reveals that more than a half-million injuries to children are related to bikes and of those injuries, 26,000 children suffered traumatic brain injuries.  In 2006, of the total fatalities to involve bike accidents, 95% were not wearing helmets.  The student survey revealed a higher than national average percentage of students who do not wear helmets and a whopping 72% who felt helmet regulations should not be enacted. The choice was made to omit total costs of recovering from head injuries from the infographic due to impact; the message to be communicated to the target group is the high incidence of injury and not medical costs.  Bicycle helmets are an extremely cost effective way to prevent child injuries and perhaps even unnecessary deaths due to injury.  The focus of our service learning project will be to teach our students why helmets are effective and then further that learning as they use their new knowledge to make a difference in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.  Be sure to check out the infographic in the service learning area of my website, located under the service learning project tab in the header or at the following URL: