Abstract – Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians (JBCI) Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program (MVIPP)
is an opportunity for the Social Services Department and JBCI to access needed funding and resources for the Motor Vehicle Injuries in our tribal community. While we are ready to implement and promote the MVIPP program, we will need to identify the gaps and needs of services. This project will allow us to provide a prevention and education program to help meet the needs of our tribal members and address Motor Vehicle Injuries by increasing the use of child safety seats through awareness and education to the JBCI members.
The Tribe currently has limited resources and services available to our members, while we have faced significant barriers to expanding those services to meet tribal needs. The limited access is mainly due to the rural three parish service area and funding to meet the growing needs in our Tribe. With the JBCI - MVIPP, we propose to develop and implement a program that will increase the use of child safety seats with the target population of children zero to nine years of age. We will use an evidence-based program (EBP) to increase the use of child safety seats through the following interventions: 1. an education, distribution, and incentive program, 2. a Tribal community campaign, and 3. child safety seat law. We will conduct a needs assessment, provide awareness, education, and prevention through a tribal campaign, and staff training and education on evidence-based practice (EBP).
The MVIPP efforts will be accomplished by collaborative efforts with the current Social Services Department staff, the Tribal chief, the four-member Tribal council, local and state law enforcement, and Tribal members. The JBCI is excited about the program and funding opportunity to protect future Tribal generations.