The Gila River Injury Prevention Program was established in 2008 to address the high rates of injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions and elder falls. The program is financially supported by two federal grants; the Indian Health Service Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program (TIPCAP) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway Safety Program. The Program is administratively under the oversight of the Tribal Health Department and has two staff members that facilitate the program. Ms. Verena Jackson is the Injury Prevention Specialist and Mrs. Teri De La Cruz is the Injury Prevention Technician.



The mission of the Gila River Injury Prevention Program (GRIPP) is to enhance the health status of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) by reducing injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes and prevent falls among older adults.




Contact Information


Tribal Health Department

5356 West Pecos Road, Laveen, Arizona 85339

Phone:  520.550.8000   

Fax:  520.550.5491


Verena Jackson, Injury Prevention Specialist Ext. 235             Verena.Jackson@gric.nsn.us

Teri J. De La Cruz, Injury Prevention Technician Ext. 232        Teri J. Delacruz@gric.nsn.us