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Health Equity Forum: Ethnic Partner Spotlight – September 2016

Child Passenger Safety Course Helps to Reduce Injuries

By Jennifer Yniguez, Communications Specialist, California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.

The California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) continues to provide safety and injury prevention services to California’s rural Indians as a result of our Injury Prevention program. Through several grants, the program provides a number of courses and trainings such as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) certification courses and Indian Health Services (IHS) Injury Prevention trainings. CRIHB’s Injury Prevention program facilitated a four-day CPS course in Bishop, CA in August 2016. The course is part of the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) certification course and focuses on car safety and new car seat laws. By receiving the NHTSA certification, Tribal clinic staff will increase their injury prevention capacity and serve as experts in their field to provide necessary education to Tribal families who reside in rural areas across California. Specifically, the Tribal clinic staff who attend the course will learn the challenges of crash survival and how severe injuries can be prevented with proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seatbelts. In turn, the participating staff members will be able to teach the community the concepts of crash forces and the five ways that car seats, booster seats, and seatbelts reduce injuries.

One of CRIHB’s Health Education Specialists, Julie Villa, will be the CPS instructor teaching the course. Julie has partnered with local agencies such as the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Public Health, and CalTrans to combine resources and expertise in order to reach a larger group of individuals. For more information regarding CRIHB’s Injury Prevention program and the Child Passenger Safety certification course, please contact Julie Villa at To learn more about the California Rural Indian Health Board, visit