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Injury Prevention Program
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Injuries as a Public Health Concern
- Leading cause of death for AI/AN infants and those aged 1-44 years
- Third leading cause of death for all ages
- 44% of years potential life lost for AI/ANs <65 years old
- Treatment costs = $350 million per year
- Unintentional injury deaths decreased 58% (1978-2008)
Raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest possible level by decreasing the incidence of severe injuries and death to the lowest possible level and increasing the ability of tribes to address their injury problems.
We are the lead IHS program to address the injury disparities on AI/AN communities. This widely-recognized program works with tribes and partners to reduce the disproportionate impact of injuries on Indian people.
- Adopt the public heath approach to prevent injuries
- Assist communities implement injury prevention programs
- Support community-specific solutions
- Facilitate capacity building
- Share effective strategies
- Build partnerships
- Develop policy
- Provide training