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HP[1] Apache County Public Health Services District
Public Health Promotion Division

“Healthy People – Healthy Environment”
Debbie Padilla Division Manager
Community Health and Injury Prevention Program
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What is the Community Health and Prevention Program?

The programs intent is to decrease intentional and unintentional injuries and to improve the health of women prior to pregnancy.

Funded by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and utilizing the Spectrum of Prevention, the program will move from providing direct services to providing community education, provider education, fostering coalitions, changing organizational practices, and implementing policy.
Goals of the program are:

  1. To decrease intentional and unintentional injuries.
  2. Improve the health of women prior to pregnancy. program uses the Arizona
Logic Model to track interventions and outcomes, helping to evaluate program objectives.

Goal #1 – Injury Prevention Program – Decrease intentional and unintentional injuries
Do you know what the number one killer of children is in the United States? That answer is preventable injuries. Apache County Public Health Services Districts’ role in preventing injury and death is to help you and your family be safe and injury free. Here’s how it’s done.
Car Seat Educational Classes
Fitting your child into their car seat and installing their car seat into your vehicle should be easy-right? Did you know that 80% of car seats checked often have at least 3 errors observed? Errors can often cause injury or death, and that’s why correct installation is a must!Child passengers safety technicians of the program can help show critical installation techniques so that your child is transported in the safest way possible. Do your part in keeping your child safe: read car seat and motor vehicle manuals for information, and better yet, don’t risk your child’s life, contact your local health department or attend local car seat check events to get your car seat checked by certified technicians. Please bring in your old car seats for use as demo seats for child passenger safety technician trainings or to donate to the Arizona/Sonora Seat Car Seat Project, (Seats must meet criteria). Child must be present in order to receive car seat. Car seats provided upon availability of supplies and funding.

Car seat classes provided by appointment.
Please contact program office for more information.

Round Valley
323 S Mountain Avenue
Phone: (928) 333-2415
St. Johns
75 West Cleveland
Phone: (928) 337-7519
What is Safe Kids?
Safe Kids is comprised of community members and agencies who work together to decrease unintentional injuries for children ages 18 and under. Safe Kids Chapters target leading causes of death and disability that include: motor vehicle injuries (including children as occupants,
pedestrians and bicyclists), drowning, fire and burns, suffocation, choking, unintentional firearm: falls: and poisonings. Resources and benefits area available to Chapters in Arizona. Northeastern Safe Kids Chapter is co-facilitated by injury prevention staff from both Apache and Navajo County Public Health Services District. Quarterly meetings are held in both Apache and Navajo County locations.
Child Fatality Review Team
The child fatality review process provides a critical opportunity to learn about the causes and circumstances of children’s deaths in order to prevent future deaths as well as disabilities and injuries.
A multidisciplinary team from agencies within Apache County review deaths to determine not only the cause of death but also its preventability. The State Child Fatality Review Team includes information from all counties in their report and includes many recommendations to prevent future child deaths. Families, communities and policy makers are able to adopt recommendations in order to prevent future child deaths. Program staff attend scheduled meetings to review cases provided by the state to aid this cause.
National Child Passenger Safety Week
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Children killed in car crashes in rural areas outnumber urban areas by more than two to one (2,473 versus 1, 178 from 2007-2011). Longer distances away from 911 services and local hospitals and longer wait times for EMS to arrive might contribute to the number. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.This year, National Child Passenger Safety Week will be celebrated on September 13-19, 2015. This year the program will be working with local Head Starts to make sure that children they serve are being transported safely. Car seat and seat belt observation surveys will be completed at Head Start facilities, and survey information will be shared with parents. Most children that attend Head Start should be transported using a car or booster seat. If families are in need of a seat for their child, they will be able to contact the health district for assistance through funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Please contact program for more information.
Goal # 2 – Improve the health of women prior to pregnancy – Preconception Health Campaign
What is Preconception Health? Preconception health relates to the health of women and couples before conception, whether it is the first or a subsequent pregnancy.

  • Preconception health relates to both females and males – it is not solely a matter of women’s health.
  • Preconception health starts at beginning of one’s life – it is not limited to the prenatal period.
  • Preconception health includes physical health, mental health and oral health.
Why is it important?
Improving the health of women and couples can contribute to improvement in pregnancy-related outcomes. The health of an individual not only affects only themselves but future generations as well. Studies point a link between the mother’s health behaviors long before pregnancy, the environment in the womb, and the long term effect on the health of the child as they age. By practicing healthy habits, low weight births and prematurity in infants can be decreased.Prematurity is the leading cause of infant death in the United States and infants who survive often face lifelong health problems such as breathing and respiratory difficulties, vision and hearing loss, cerebral palsy, feeding and digestive problems, and intellectual disabilities.
Goals of the program:

  • Improve the health of women prior to pregnancy
  • Improve knowledge and behaviors among men and women regarding preconception health.
One way the program will help:
Preconception health information and resources will be provided to targeted population during health-related life skills classes; distributed during medical service provider and clinic visits; distributed during home visitation program visits, and other outreach provided in the community. A couple of ways the program will provide this information is through “My Life, My Plan” booklets targeted for teenagers and Every Woman Arizona preconception health information provided to women in the community. For more information: please contact our program office or link to:
Every Women Arizona

Reproductive Life Plan

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Apache County Health Services District contract 2015-OP-011, Occupant Protection for child safety seats. The Community Health Program will be working with Head Start families who have children ages 3-5 who may need a car seat. This project will begin Fall 2014. Please call Debbie Padilla at 928-333-2415, for more information.