AASTEC Creates Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center


The Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) is excited to announce the creation of the Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center (TIPRC). This program serves all American Indian/Alaska Native tribal and urban communities across the country.


Its key aims are to provide technical assistance and training to promote the implementation of evidence-based best practices in motor vehicle safety throughout Indian Country with the goal of reducing injuries and fatalities associated with motor vehicle crashes.




Technical support and Program Services

  • Understand and implement best practices for tribal motor vehicle injury prevention.
  • Develop tribal policies to decrease alcohol-impaired driving and to promote seatbelt and car seat use.
  • Evaluate tribal motor vehicle safety projects.
  • Develop local surveillance systems to track injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.
  • Identify data sources to monitor motor vehicle crashes and fatal and non-fatal injuries caused by crashes.
  • Collect and manage observational survey data related to seat belt and car seat use, etc.

Injury Prevention Trainings (available upon request)

  • Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician certification and CEU courses
  • Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training
  • IHS Introduction to Injury Prevention (Level 1) training
  • IHS Intermediate Injury Prevention (Level 2) training
  • Identifying funding opportunities for tribal injury prevention programs

Jerrod Moore ( TIPRC Program Manager
Carrie Brown, MSML ( Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist
Tabatha Harris, MHHSA ( Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist

ITCA TEC Releases Strategic Planning Toolkit

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC), in partnership with Blue Stone Strategy Group, LLC, first piloted the Strategic Planning Toolkit with the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, funded in part by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Cooperative Agreement in 2016. This pilot project allowed for the feedback from Tribes and further development of the Toolkit and the hands-on working session. This session resulted in a Tribe receiving additional funding for local cancer programming. A Strategic Planning workshop was available to all Tribes in the IHS Phoenix-Tucson Service Area in 2018 under the IHS Cooperative Agreement as well.


Under the Tribal Epidemiology Centers, Building Tribal Public Health Infrastructure program, ITCA TEC and Blue Stone Strategy Group were able to again assist 8 Tribes with designing program specific Strategic plans and specialized training and technical assistance (T/TA) in 2018.


As part of the Opioid Supplemental funding under TECPHI and the IHS Cooperative Agreement in 2019, most recently the ITCA TEC and Blue Stone were able to partner again with Arizona Department of Health Services, the State of Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and four Tribes to assist Tribal programs with the tools to development local program plans to combat the opioid epidemic in their communities. This programming can assist Tribes with the development of program plans to work towards additional funding for enhanced programming, and improve program evaluation tools and measures, which can achieve the goal of strengthening health and wellness of American Indians.