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Disease Control Programs
Christenson, Charles J.
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First Page and the Assignment Questions:

In February, Mr. Harley Davidson, an analyst in the office of the Injury Control Program, Public Health Service, of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was reviewing a recently published Program Analysis entitled Disease Control Programs—Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program. Included therein were nine program units. Mr. Davidson was a member of a task force established within DHHS to evaluate a series of benefit/cost analyses of various proposed disease control programs. In addition to motor vehicle injury prevention, benefit/cost studies had been made of programs dealing with control of arthritis, cancer, tuberculosis, and syphilis. Mr. Davidson's specific responsibility was to review Program Unit #8 of the Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program (Increase Use of Improved Safety Devices by Motorcyclists) in order to (a) evaluate the methodology and results of the benefit/cost analysis of Program Unit #8, and (b) recommend whether or not the analysis justified the level of funding contemplated in the program unit.


The following describes Program Unit #8, as it appeared in the Program Analysis document:

Increase Use of Improved Safety Devices by Motorcyclists

To prevent accidental deaths due to head injuries of motorcycle riders through appropriate health activity at the national, state, and local levels.

Approach. The Public Health Service approach to solving the motorcycle injury problem will involve four phases. Although each of the four phases of activity is identified separately, all will be closely coordinated and carried out simultaneously. The four phases of activity are:

  1. A national education program on use of protective head gear aimed primarily at motorcycle users. It will also include efforts to prepare operators of other motor vehicles to share the road with motorcycles.
  2. A cooperative program with other national organizations and the motorcycle industry to improve protective and safety devices.
  3. Involvement of state and local health departments and medical organizations in programs and activities designed to minimize accidental injury in motorcycle accidents.
  4. Conduct surveillance activity on appropriate aspects of the motorcycle accident and injury problem

The program unit was estimated to require the following level of new funding during the five-year planning period: . . .


  1. As Mr. Davidson, prepare a critique of the methodology and findings of the benefit/cost analysis of Program Unit #8.
  2. Based on your evaluation of the analysis, would you recommend the level of funding proposed?