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Brain Injury Prevention Project, Fond du Lac Reservation. Holly Kostrzewski Injury Prevention Coordinator hollykostrzewski@fdlrez.com. 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

hollykostrzewski@fdlrez.com

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.
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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