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Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

State (Location): Arizona
Grant Program: American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program, FY 2007
Organization Name: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Epidemiology Center
Organization Address: 2214 North Central Avenue, Suite #100, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone Number: (602) 258-4822 (Front Desk)
Fax Number: (602) 258-4825

Title of Project: Tribal Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Prevention Project
Project Director: Dr. Zeenat Mahal, MBBS, MS

Description of Organization:
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) was established as a council in 1952 to provide a united voice for Indian tribes located in Arizona to address common issues of concern. The highest elected officials (tribal Chairmen, Presidents and Governors) of 20 of the federally-recognized tribes represent the membership of the Council. On July 9, 1975, the Council established a private, non profit corporation, which has an Executive Board of Directors elected from its membership who oversee and approve the activities of the organization. The corporation has the goal of promoting Indian self-reliance through public policy development, and to provide member tribes with the means for action on matters that affect them collectively and individually. The ITCA has a staff of more than 65 professionals and paraprofessionals with responsibility for more than 46 projects and programs totaling more than $16 million in operating budgets. In 1996, the IHS established four Tribal Epidemiology Centers (Epi Centers, or TECs) to develop tribal capacity for obtaining, evaluating and disseminating AI/AN health information. The mission of the ITCA Epi Center is "To empower the American Indian tribes in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah in the further development of health services and systems." The vision for the Epi Center is to build independent, local, tribal capacity to collect and use community health information in directing programs, managing resources, and building relations with local, state and federal public health systems. Through grants and contracts, the Epi Center has ongoing relationships with the faculty and staff of Arizona State University and University of Arizona. The Epi Center partners with the tribes, universities, TECs, state and federal agencies through various programs and activities. The Epi Center provides a strong platform for community-based, participant focused research, training and education with a vulnerable and underserved population, and supports federal public health initiatives such as Healthy People 2010. ( Disclaimer)

Description of project:
The overall mission of this project is to reduce the burden of motor-vehicle-crash (MVC) injuries in tribal communities. To achieve this mission, the plan proposes the following five goals:

  • Identify, assess and evaluate existing MVC injury data sources and surveillance systems at the tribal, state and federal levels,
  • Develop and/or improve existing tribal MVC injury surveillance systems,
  • Build and sustain tribal capacity to reduce MVC related injuries and mortality through evidence-based prevention strategies,
  • Strengthen tribal leadership and policies to address disparities and improve current status of MVC related injuries in tribal communities and
  • Promote and/or enhance career pathways for AI/AN health care professionals, paraprofessionals and researchers in broader community-based prevention areas.
The Epi Center will identify and assess MVC data sources that exist within participating tribal programs, and state and federal agencies. Based on these findings, the center will provide recommendations and guidance to participating tribes on methods to improve data sources within tribal programs, and approaches to improve data sharing among tribal programs, and state and federal agencies. The Epi Center will provide technical assistance to tribes in the development of comprehensive tribal injury surveillance systems using data collected from multiple sources. Inherent in the development of surveillance systems is the implication that the collected data will be analyzed, the resulting information interpreted and used to identify risk factors on which evidence-based prevention strategies will be developed and implemented. The Epi Center will support these prevention efforts using tribal coalitions to spearhead community education and promotion activities. To ensure the success of MVC injury prevention efforts, activities to strengthen tribal leadership and policies that address disparities will be promoted throughout the course of this project.

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