Injury Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

National Conference on American Indian/Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention

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National Conference on American Indian/Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention

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Tribal Road Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American Indians/Alaska Natives.
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

ACEs affect American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout their lives.
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Suicide among American Indians/Alaska Natives

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Each tribal community in Indian country is unique with its own set of traditions, languages, spiritual practices, connections to elders, and social ties. Native communities work with the support of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) to prevent injuries, the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives between the ages of 1 and 54.

The Injury Center partners with and supports native communities, federally recognized tribes, Tribal Epidemiology Centersexternal icon, tribal organizations, and Indian Health Serviceexternal icon to improve health and wellness.

The rate of drug overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives is above the national average and recent data show this trend continuing. CDC released funds to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities. These funds will improve opioid overdose surveillance and help address the opioid crisis in tribal communities.

  • Minnesota’s Department of Health reports data through an opioid dashboardexternal icon and provides technical assistance to support state opioid use surveillance – this resource is available to 11 local tribal nations.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Adult (aged ≥20 years) motor vehicle-related death rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives are more than twice that of non-Hispanic whites or blacks. Proven strategies to reduce motor vehicle injuries and deaths can be successfully tailored to tribal communities.

The agency is working with American Indian and Alaska Native partners to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.

National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), CDC is building relationships among federal, state, and tribal partners to:

  • Gain a better understanding of if/how tribes are engaged in American Indian/Alaska Native suicide data collection and
  • Identify potential data sources to augment suicide-related data within American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

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