TZD Traffic Safety Hotdish: Digital Education—Adapting During the Pandemic and Beyond!

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
10:00—11:15 a.m. Central

About the Event

Driving for Safe Communities in Northeast Minnesota reinvented their wheel of education when the pandemic forced all schools to move to a virtual teaching platform. The coalition, which had previously relied on all in-person education, created a virtual way to reach students at home while keeping learning about safety fun!

Learn how the coalition digitized their programs into grade-based educational safety sites and how they have been using these sites to advance their traffic safety education and message. See how the coalition uses the sites with in-person classes as well as virtually—and how the sites can be tailored to what you need.


Allison Nicolson
Allison Nicolson

Allison Nicolson is the injury prevention coordinator on the trauma floor at Essentia Health. She moved to Minnesota 24 years ago and has worked in Duluth’s local hospitals as a certified recreational therapist ever since. Allison is also a child passenger safety instructor and coordinates the Safe Kids Northeast Minnesota coalition as well as the Driving 4 Safe Communities coalition in the Duluth, Carlton, and Cloquet area. She is passionate about educating to prevent injuries and deaths at any age. 

Kaitlin Schaumburg grew up in Duluth, MN, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science in public health education and promotion in 2019. She has since worked as the Driving 4 Safe Communities Coalition co-coordinator within Duluth and the surrounding areas. Kaitlin has a passion for educating students and teens on the importance of safety behind the wheel and on the road. She also has a certificate in educational computing and technology and enjoys creating new ways of educating through technology.

Sarah Buhs
Sarah Buhs

Sarah Buhs is the public education officer with the Cloquet Area Fire District, where she started working in 2009 as a station captain. In 2010, she developed what is now the Public Education Division with a focus on proactively preventing injuries within the communities she serves.  Sarah is an active member in the Safe Kids Northeast Minnesota and Driving 4 Safe Communities Coalitions. She is also a child passenger safety instructor, American Heart Association instructor, fire instructor, public fire educator, emergency medical technician (EMT), and fire inspector. 


Registration information will be available in February 2022.

More Information

For more information, please contact Linda Dolan at 612-625-4533 or


This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program and the Minnesota Departments of Health, Public Safety, and Transportation with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The event is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.