Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
2214 N. Central Avenue Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ, 85004-1448
(602) 258-4822 (Phone)
(602) 258-4825 (Fax)
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is a non-profit corporation that administers more than 20 federal, state and private grants/contracts to achieve progress towards a variety of policy areas that influence American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities. These topic areas include health, research, and environmental quality. The membership of ITCA consists of 20 of the federally-recognized Tribes in Arizona. ITCA coordinates meetings and conferences to facilitate participation of Tribal leaders and other Tribal staff in the formulation of public policy at all levels. The Council staff (approximately 70 individuals) provides technical assistance, disseminates information, and conducts trainings to assist Tribal governments in operating programs that comply with federal regulations and policies, as well as protecting the health and safety of Tribal members.
Grant Project Information
Tribal Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Prevention Project
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/17
Annual Funding Level: $250,000
Project Director: Patrick McMullen
Research has shown that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have been disproportionately subject to unintentional injuries caused by Motor Vehicle Crashes (MVCs). From 1999-2009, MVCs were the third leading cause of death for AI/ANs. In contrast, MVCs were the fifth leading cause for all other races. In comparison to AI/AN populations in other states, Arizona ranked among the highest in frequency, as well as rate of MVC-related deaths, highlighting the urgent need to address MVC disparities among AI/AN populations, specifically in Arizona. There are many contributing factors to this disproportionate burden including educational attainment/awareness, socioeconomic status, geographic location, and public health infrastructure.
The Tribal Vehicle Crash Injury Prevention Project strives to reduce the burden of MVC related injuries among AI/ANs in tribal communities within Arizona, Nevada and Utah by implementing four SMART objectives:
- Strengthening tribal government infrastructure, policies, and activities that address disparities and improve current status of MVC-related injuries in tribal communities;
- Designing, implementing, and improving existing tribal-MVC-injury surveillance systems in collaboration with tribal partners;
- Building and sustaining tribal capacity to reduce MVC-related injuries and/or fatalities through the promotion and implementation of evidence-based MVC injury prevention strategies; and
- Promoting and/or enhancing career pathways for AI/AN health care professionals, paraprofessionals, researchers, and students through knowledge and skill-building trainings, technical assistance workshops, and internships.
These objectives align with a variety of activities and strategies, including: establishment and convening of tribally-driven coalitions for each participating Tribe; promotion of tribal codes and policies to support the prevention of MVC injuries and fatalities; implementation and evaluation of tribal MVC injury data collection/surveillance systems; collection of data that documents implementation strategies; and assistance to develop a work plan for the student intern employed at each Tribal site.
The evaluation will consist of a mixed-methods approach, utilizing multiple data sources and data collection methods throughout the five-year duration of the project. Specific tools that will be used to gather process evaluation information include quarterly and annual reports as well as an evaluation checklist that documents progress toward completing each activity. Tools utilized to gather outcome/impact evaluation information consist of questionnaires, data collection spreadsheets, training/conference participant feedback, tribal program director feedback and written feedback from Tribal leaders, community members, health care providers and agency/program personnel. Anticipated outcomes include a stronger tribal infrastructure for addressing MVC injuries in Tribal communities, increased awareness and knowledge of MVC injury prevention, development and improvement of Tribal MVC injury data collection and surveillance systems for assessing burden and risk factors, and implementation of tribally-driven, evidence-based strategies.
- OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute (check all that apply):
_x_ Enhanced data collection/utilization to identify highest priority health status objectives and services needed to achieve such objectives
_x_ Development of alliances and partnerships which improve coordination/alignment of health and human services
_x_ Provision of technical training in public health practices and prevention oriented research to create public health career pathways for American Indians and Alaska Natives
__ Other (please specify): _______________________________________
- Key Healthy People 2020 objectives or sub-objectives toward which the project’s results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH’s Evaluation Planning Guidelines.
- Injury and Violence Prevention:
- Increase use of safety belts and child restraints (IVP-15 and IVP-16)
- Reduce MVC-related deaths, non-fatal injuries, and pedestrian deaths and injuries (IVP- 11, IVP-12 and IVP-14)