NASBLA Seeks Volunteers for Advisory Committee

By Ron Sarver posted 14 days ago


NASBLA is looking for volunteers to serve on an advisory committee for the Introducing the Public Health Approach – an Evidence-Based Model grant. Volunteers will work with staff to:

Task 1: Develop and implement a live webinar series.

Task 2: Develop a web portal.

Task 3: Develop a virtual community of practice.

Task 4: Develop a data and knowledge repository.



The work will involve teleconferences, responding to emails from the advisory committee and reviewing documents/products.

The timeframe will be from November 2017 - September 2018.
Knowledge/experience with the public health approach will be helpful but not necessary

To volunteer:

Please respond to Ron Sarver (, grant project manager.


The National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program 2017-2021 Strategic Plan takes a new (to the RBS community) approach to the planning and implementation of the initiatives. This is illustrated in the first item in Challenges & Opportunities:

“The goal is to influence and cause real boat operator and passenger behavioral change utilizing an evidence-based model, such as the Public Health Approach, through awareness, education, and other interventions that will result in increased situational awareness and safer recreational boating practices while underway.”

This new approach represents a cultural and system shift for most of the state recreational boating safety agencies in the National RBS Program. As such, it is critical that the major contributors to the implementation and success of the National RBS Program – namely, the state boating safety agencies – become fluent in the public health approach to injury prevention.


Project Goal:

The goal of the Introducing the Public Health Approach – an Evidence Based Model grant program is to provide learning, resources and a community of learned peers regarding evidence-based prevention models, such as the Public Health Approach. This will increase the effectiveness of state RBS programs over time for recreational boating safety program employees and help them support the National RBS Program 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.