Among infants less than one year of age, American Indians and Alaska Natives have 8 times the rate of motor vehicle traffic deaths than that of non-Hispanic whites.
American Journal of Public Health, 2014


Motor vehicle injury prevention is a vital part of safe tribal transportation environments. The TTAP Center’s Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention (MVIP) Program is committed to reducing tribal injuries and fatalities related to child passenger safety and seat belt use. Bringing together classroom and hands-on training sessions, technical assistance and online course materials, the program promotes increased use of seat belts as well as proper use of child safety seats in all tribal communities.

Classroom Training

The MVIP program offers proven strategies to plan, implement and evaluate various injury prevention initiatives. Three highly trained Injury Prevention Specialists (IPS) bring programs directly to tribal communities where participants receive free hands-on car seat safety training and safe seat belt use.

Our IPS team provides nationwide training and technical assistance related to core MVIP curriculum:

  • Car Seat Checkpoints
  • Basic Child Passenger Safety Awareness
  • Prioritizing MVIP Interventions
  • Strategies to Increase Restraint Use

Several of these classes prepare participants to develop the skills needed to administer these initiatives within their own community.

Technical Assistance

Our IPS team provides direct technical assistance to address specific tribal concerns and to provide guidance on a broad range of topics including data collection and analysis, implementing interventions, conducting evaluations of interventions and developing safety messages.

Have an injury prevention technical assistance request?

  • Call 833-484-9944 (toll free) for prompt assistance.
  • Email,
  • Contact Walt Catlett, Outreach and Education Director, at to discuss options and resources.
  • Reach out directly to one of our IPS. Find their contact information below.

Meet Your Injury
Prevention Specialists

Carrie Brown

Tabatha Harris

Kelly Powell

Another safe car seat with Carrie Brown, TTAP IPS.
Photo Credit: Makayla Deardorff, IHS
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