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Brain Injury Prevention Project, Fond du Lac Reservation. Holly Kostrzewski Injury Prevention Coordinator [email protected] Fond du Lac Reservation. Northeastern MN 20 miles west of Duluth, MN. One of six Reservations inhabited by members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. 

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Brain injury prevention project fond du lac reservation

Brain Injury Prevention Project, Fond du Lac Reservation

Holly Kostrzewski

Injury Prevention Coordinator

[email protected]


Fond du lac reservation
Fond du Lac Reservation

  • Northeastern MN 20 miles west of Duluth, MN.

  • One of six Reservations inhabited by members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. 

  • 1,800 tribal members within reservation boundaries

  • 2,100 tribal members living in Duluth


Background
Background

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major cause of disability among Native Americans.

  • The leading causes of hospitalizations for TBI are motor vehicle crashes (24%), assaults (17%), and falls (16%).

  • Rates of TBI among males are 2.5 times greater than females.


Goal

  • Produce a brain injury prevention educational campaign for the Fond du Lac Community based on input from health care providers and community residents.


Methods
Methods

  • 13 key informant interviews

  • 5 focus groups

  • Collaborations










Results
Results

  • 8 individual brochures

    • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: reoccurring subject for community (misconception)

    • Lack of interest in reading

  • 2 PowerPoint presentations

    • Community

    • Professional

  • Pilot test - changes made


Recommendations
Recommendations

  • Enhance Injury Prevention Program

  • Individual Presentations on 8 topics

  • Data collection on brain injuries

  • Min No Aya Win Magazine

  • THINK FIRST chapter


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