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Tribal Motor Vehicle Safety Summit

Call for Abstracts

Sponsored by the Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center (TIPRC), the Tribal Motor Vehicle Safety Summit attracts tribal injury prevention practitioners, public health professionals, CHR/CHW’s, elected leaders, advocates, law-enforcement, EMT/EMS, researchers, and community-based service providers nationwide. The Summit will be taking place at the Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, NM May 19-21, 2020. Lodging assistance may be available upon registration request.

Submission Deadline:
The deadline for abstract submissions has now been extended to January 31, 2020.
More information about the conference, registration or to submit an abstract.

Registration for the conference is free. Travel assistance is available upon request.

Submission Guidelines:
Several types of workshops will be considered, including presentations, panel presentations, and interactive workshops.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Lead Presenter name
  • Presentation Title
  • Contact information
  • Other Co-Presenters/Co-Authors
  • Description of presentation: limited to 400 words or less
  • 2-3 Learning objectives
  • Desired track (choose only 1). Conference tracks are listed below.
  • Workshop type (Presentation, Poster Presentation, Panel Presentation, Interactive Workshop)
  • Focus of presentation: Programs, Research, Combination of Programs and Research
  • Each presentation (excluding poster presentations) will be 60 minutes per session

Conference Tracks
Presenters can submit abstracts for the following tracks:

1. Community and Culture
POC: Jerrod Moore, jmoore@aaihb.org
Culture plays a vital role in prevention programs for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This track will highlight the important role culture plays transportation and injury prevention programs and describe innovative ways that tribes and tribal organizations have incorporated these elements.

2.Program Development
POC: Jerrod Moore, jmoore@aaihb.org
Presentations included as part of this track will allow attendees to learn what it takes to develop and implement transportation and injury prevention programs in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. This includes presenting and sharing stories about how programs do one or more of the following a) assess community needs and strengths; b) conduct strategic planning; c) develop partnerships and coalitions; d) tailor evidence-based strategies for local use; e) communicate with different stakeholder groups; f) advocate for policy, environmental, or systems-level change; and/or g) secure or share resources. Sessions in this track could include a variety of presentation formats to allow speakers to share what worked well or what they would do differently to develop and implement a program.

3. Bike and Pedestrian Safety
POC: Carrie Brown, cbrown@aaihb.org
Motor vehicle safety involves all modes of transportation. By creating safe biking and pedestrian environments, we create safer roads for all users. This track will highlight safety measures taken by communities to improve safety, innovative and emerging strategies, evidence-based practices, community engagement and lessons learned in bike and pedestrian safety.

4. Data Development
POC: Carrie Brown, cbrown@aaihb.org
This track will focus on demonstrating the impact of injury prevention programs in Indian Country, data collection, data storage and analysis. We are specifically interested in abstracts which describe formative and process evaluations of programs; innovative way to use, collect, and store data; and examples of how to measure program outcomes with existing data or data collected through culturally-tailored ways. Presentations informed by quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are welcome. We are interested in presentations from across topic areas.

5. Child Passenger Safety (CEU)
POC: Tabatha Harris, tharris@aaihb.org
Child Passenger Safety continues to be a challenge for tribal communities. This track will focus on CEU opportunities for existing Child Passenger Safety Technicians to earn CEU’s and seat sign offs toward their recertification. Presentations will focus on new technology in the field, challenges in the field, caregiver communication, and the new changes to the SafeKids technician course. We are interested in topics across the field that directly impact Indian Country.

If you have questions please feel free to contact Jerrod Moore jmoore@aaihb.org, Carrie Brown cbrown@aaihb.org, Tabatha Harris tharris@aaihb.org.

NEC Success Story: Changing Winds – Public Health and Indian Country

Success Stories
The Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) worked closely with the David J. Sencer CDC Museum on a new exhibit titled “Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country.”

Staff at the NEC worked with the museum curator over the past 1.5 years to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the images/information depicting the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to public health.

Per Del Yazzie, an epidemiologist at NEC, “Navajo Nation is one of the tribes featured in the exhibits, specifically about the evolution and encapsulation of our Hantavirus work from the 1993 outbreak to currently. To my knowledge, it is the first exhibit of its kind to do so. More than anything else, we believe that the exhibit shows visitors an often-overlooked aspect of public health in the U.S., and of the many tribes and tribal members who have made long-lasting contributions to keeping us healthy.”

Check out this LINK to see more photos from the exhibit.

Contributed by Delores Becenti, Navajo Department of Health with photos courtesy of CDC.

NEC Success Story: Changing Winds – Public Health and Indian Country
NEC Success Story: Changing Winds – Public Health and Indian Country



CTEC Success Story: CRIHB Releases Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use

Success Stories
Over the past year, the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC), housed within the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.’s (CRIHB) Research and Public Health Department, has been working on developing a response to the opioid epidemic in California’s Tribal communities.


In December 2019, they released Healing Our California Tribal Communities: A Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use.


The 52-page strategic plan presents an overview of the opioid epidemic and the impact on Tribal communities, and it provides a summary of key findings and Tribal community-driven solutions.

“The Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use will provide California Tribes, Tribal Health Programs, and Tribal Local Opioid Coalitions with recommendations of community-driven solutions to address opioid use and abuse in their communities,” said Vanesscia Cresci, CRIHB’s Research and Public Health Director.

A team comprised of a CTEC epidemiologist, project coordinator, and program evaluator traveled to Tribal communities throughout Northern, Central, and Southern California to gather community data, distribute the opioid response capacity assessment survey, and conduct key informant interviews and focus groups.

CRIHB’s CEO, Dr. Mark LeBeau said, “I appreciate the hard work and efforts of CRIHB’s Research and Public Health team who developed the Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use. CRIHB would like to thank the Tribal Opioid Advisory Committee for their helpful feedback, guidance, and support in creating the strategic plan.”



Maternal and Child Health Training: Maternal-Infant-Matrix (MIM) Storyboard Methodology Practicum



  • Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2020 (3 day course: $350/person) – Scheduled after the EIS conference
  • May 25 – 29, 2020 (5 day course: $500/person)-Scheduled before the Epidemiology in Action Course and the International Course in Applied Epidemiology

The MIM/SM methodology has five component parts:

  • Defining the MCH system with particular attention to the Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrical and Newborn Care (CEm ONC) system;
  • Use of the continuous management cycle for quality improvement;
  • Defining the local indicator matrix (LIM ) and assuring linkage of process indicators to outcome indicators to avoid outcome displacement;
  • Completing the Quality Improvement (QI) story by implementing the QA/QI methods and techniques;
  • Conducting the Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC) for scaling up the intervention package.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Pia Valeriano at: pvaleri@emory.edu.

Epidemiology in Action with R-Studio Course


This course is directed at public health professionals who wish to learn epidemiology or to review how epidemiology is used in disease investigations. This training includes discussions of descriptive epidemiology, ecology of infections, biostatistics, public health surveillance, field investigations and table-top case exercises based on actual field investigations and hands-on computer training using Epi-Info. Selected prevalent diseases in North America are also discussed.

Apply for this course

Familiarity with the vocabulary and principles of basic epidemiology; participants are recommended to complete CDC’s Principle’s of Epidemiology self-study course or equivalent.

Sample Agenda

Registration Fee: $2000
Housing, textbook and food, NOT included in fees.

Recommended prerequisite review:

  • Applied Epidemiology Manual

Text books:

  • Epidemiology for Public Health Practice by Friis and Sellers, 5th Edition
  • Field Epidemiology by Michael Gregg, 3rd Edition

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Communicable Disease Manual
  • A Dictionary of Epidemiology

Continuing Education Information:

  • Certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of this course

Monday, June 1, 2020 – Friday, June 12, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

Claudia Nance Rollins Auditorium
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Rd.
CNR 6001
Atlanta, Georgia 30322