Addressing Public Safety Within Native American Communities

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Project Overview:

Native American youth face a disproportionately high risk of injury and fatality from car crashes compared to other demographics. Despite this, traffic safety experts have largely overlooked this population when it comes to education and outreach. 

Key Takeaways:

  • A cross-disciplinary team, comprising experts in traffic safety, health, and Native American communities, has been formed to address the elevated rates of injury and death among Native American youth. 
  • The primary objective is to develop targeted countermeasures, including tools and resources tailored to the unique need of these communities. 
  • The tools and resources developed will eventually be made accessible to a broader audience. 

Our Approach:

The Youth Transportation Safety (YTS) program has partnered with experts in traffic safety, outreach, health, and Native American communities to form a cross-disciplinary team. This team will share insights from their respective fields and experiences, while also gaining knowledge on public health frameworks such as Shared Risk and Protective Factors and the Theory of Planned Behavior.  

This approach offers the advantage of seamlessly integrating the Public Health approach to comprehensively address traffic safety concerns. Additionally, it facilitates outreach to youth who may be overlooked by traditional traffic safety initiatives. 


Programming, instruction, and materials will be developed under the guidance of experts specializing in Native American youth and traffic safety. These efforts will lead to the creation of a pilot program aimed at improving existing countermeasures within the Native American community. YTS foresees leveraging the knowledge gained and resources generated during this process to expand the program to any Native American population interested in its adoption and adaptation.


American Indian/Alaskan Native Needs Assessment for Implementation of Teens in the Driver Seat Programming Report

For more information on this project, please contact:

Stacey Tisdale
Assistant Program Manager
(210) 321-1232
[email protected]

Project Title: Addressing Public Safety Within Native American Communities
Project Start and End Dates: September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
Author List: Stacey Tisdale, Cross-Disciplinary Team: Sheri Bozic and Vince Toya, Pueblo of Jemez, Laura Sonderup, Heinrich Marketing, Inc., Lisa Minjares-Kyle, Rubiana Mares, Christy Thomas, and Gabriella Kolodzy
Sponsor/Funding Source: General Motors