Point of Contact:
Toni Short, Program Director
EMS National Certified First Responder
National Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the funding “Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program” (TMVIPP) to Caddo Nation of Oklahoma on August 2010. The program officially started January 3, 2011. Caddo Nation was one of the eight tribes have been selected to receive funding to implement and evaluate effective evidence-based motor vehicle safety strategies.
The American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest motor vehicle-related death rates of all racial and ethnic groups (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System -WISQARS, NCIPC, 2007 data), with rates one and a half to three times greater than rates for all other Americans. To address this disparity the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) started the Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program (TMVIPP) to provide funding to American Indians/Alaska Natives Tribes to reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths among members of their communities.
The TMVIPP strives to provide a comprehensive slate for the motor vehicle injury prevention program for every Caddo Tribal member of our community and all Native American Indians/Alaska Natives in Caddo and neighboring County by planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating community-based projects on effective strategies of education, environmental modification and enforcement through local/statewide partners, organizations, and coalitions to address and resolve to prevent motor vehicle injury, fatalities and medical cost among the Native American Families.
The purpose of the program is to tailor, implement, and evaluate American Indians/Alaska Native community-based strategies with demonstrated effectiveness for preventing motor vehicle injuries, these including:
- Reduce alcohol-impaired driving among high risk groups
- Increase safety belt use among low use groups
- Increase use of child safety seats among low use groups
Caddo Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program Partnership:
To implement effective strategies to for preventing motor vehicle injuries in Caddo County the program collaborates with:
- Oklahoma Highway Patrol
- Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
- Tribal, State and Federal organizations
- Safe Kids Oklahoma, Safe Kids Worldwide
- National Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians
- Oklahoma State Health Department
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance
- Bureau Indian Affairs Law Enforcement & BAT Unit
- Caddo & Oklahoma County Sheriff
- Local Caddo County town Law Enforcements
- Various State/Federal/Tribal Coalition & Tribal Injury Prevention Programs
- Caddo & Kiowa Head Start Safe Ride Programs
- WCD/WIC Programs
- Oklahoma Indian Health Services, Hospital and Clinic’s
With the collaborations of these organizations, the Caddo Nation TMVIPP goal is to reduce all three objectives with the collaborating partners by 5%, by 2014. TMVIPP program periodically conducts seat belt and child safety seat observational survey’s in Caddo County, Oklahoma. The program coordinates the National CPS Certification Classes, Car Seat events/checks, educate and distribute child safety seats. Conduct seat belt and DUI checkpoints with all law enforcements, educations in the schools on all related concerns among the high risk population.