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801 Vassar Dr., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 248-7694
Fax: (505) 248-7728

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Nationwide Programs and Initiatives
Focus Areas: Injury Prevention

According to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, in 2002, unintentional injuries resulted in 161,269 deaths, and approximately 117,100,000 hospital/emergency department/other out patient visits. Motor vehicle crashes, firearm assaults, poisonings, suffocation, falls and all other ways in which injuries occur are not "accidents" - random and uncontrollable. Injuries are predictable, understandable, and preventable.

The mission of any injury prevention program is to increase local team building, to prevent and predict injuries, to decrease severe injury and death, and to raise the health status of the AI/AN population. As public health professionals and child caregivers, we must advocate for a sound public health approach to the prevention of injuries in Native communities. We must identify our local problems and their contributing factors, and we must facilitate change in our Tribal communities to reduce injuries and deaths caused by injuries.

"If a disease were killing our children in the proportions that injuries are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped." C. Everett Koop

To prevent injuries it is necessary to have information about the factors that contribute to their occurrence. Also, one must have access to information to assist in the development of injury prevention programs.


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Injury Prevention Links

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