IHS Rick Smith Injury Prevention Award
Captain Holly Billie
The Rick Smith Injury Prevention Award recognizes contributions in the field of injury prevention that have led to improved public health for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Nominees should have developed or implemented injury prevention projects or programs that contributed toward the reduction of injury risks, injury rates, or injury disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Work can address either unintentional or intentional injuries. Projects may include significant one-time events, or they may be efforts implemented over time and completed in the award year.
Nominations should include:
- Work completed in the calendar year
- Description of injury prevention contributions and their overall reach
- Innovation and use of effective strategies
- Inclusion of data in supporting need and results
- Use of evaluation components
- Impact/influence on the program or community
- Level of involvement by the nominee
Eligible nominees include:
- IHS employees, such as Environmental Health or Injury Prevention Specialists
- Individuals from Tribal communities, such as injury prevention coordinators, law enforcement, and community health representatives
- Groups working within Tribal communities, such as coalitions, workgroups,and teams
- Non-Tribal individuals, such as state partners and non-IHS federal partners
Awards are honorary.
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