Minobinmaadziwin “A Good Life” January - March
Greetings from Ashley Tuomi, CEO... Łax̣ayam, Thank you to everyone who came to our solstice celebration where we also celebrated our 40th Anniversary. The celebration was a great opportunity to reflect on our past and look forward to our future. If you were not able to attend I hope that you are able to take some time to watch our two highlight videos. One of them is highlighting the successes of our year in 2018 and the other one is looking at our past and how we got to where we are today. We have a lot of great things planned for 2019 including some great new staff to fill new and expanded programs, an increased focus on fundraising for our future new building, and new quality improvement efforts. In other news, I brought another little boy (Colter Ray Smallwood) into the world right before Thanksgiving and he has joined us here at work for a couple of months as a part of our Infant at Work Program. I am reminded time again how truly blessed I am to work for an organization that values the importance of parental bonding during these early stages along with all of the other great opportunities that exist. My family and I also receive services through medical and our healthy start program. As a patient myself I have experienced the services from our amazing staff and value their role in the health and well-being of myself and my family.
Ashley Tuomi CEO
January: Cervical Health Awareness Month Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow up care. HPV, human papillomavirus, is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. The good news: The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV infection and cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow up care. AIHFS is planning to start Women’s Wellness visits in 2019. These will be hour long appointments focusing on all aspects of women’s health issues including cancer screenings.
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February: Cancer Prevention Month Simple changes in daily living habits can help you decrease your risk of cancer:
Stay away from non-ceremonial tobacco Stay at a healthy weight Get moving with regular exercise Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables Limit alcohol use Protect yourself from the sun Know yourself, your family history, and your risks Have regular checkups and cancer screening tests
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National Sleep Awareness Week
March brings the spring forward of daylight saving time. Though this is only an hour difference, that’s enough to leave people feeling groggy for a few days. Sleep directly affects health and safety: daylight saving time sleep loss is linked to increases in traffic and on-the-job accidents. Sleep experts offer a few tips to help adjust to this sleep loss: • • • •
Start early. Move your schedule up a few minutes each day: go to bed 10-15 minutes early every night. Take a nap to “build up a little sleep in your sleep bank”. This nap should be less than an hour. Soak up the sun. Sunlight jump-starts our bodies and sets our internal clocks. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as both make it more difficult to fall asleep and wake up.
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Zero Suicide Rolled Out at American Indian Health and Family Services In 2001, the Behavioral Health Services at Henry Ford made an audacious choice – to pursue “perfect depression care” in their health care system, and in effect, to reduce suicide amongst their patient population to “Zero”. These early pioneers of the Zero Suicide approach no doubt faced challenges, perhaps the most formidable being an attitude of what is possible and what is not possible in the area of suicide prevention. Perhaps “crazy,” “ambitious,” “unrealistic,” “impossible” or simply, “this is never gonna happen” appeared in the reactions and emails of peers and observers. Nearly 20 years later, Henry Ford is held up as a shining example of drastic reduction in suicide completions in a health care system and the Zero Suicide model has become an international movement. Faced with rising suicide rates and a chronically underfunded mental health care system, many organizations and communities continue to battle suicide, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Suicide is especially prevalent amongst Native American youth, which is only one chapter in a longer story of health disparities amongst Tribal people; a similar fate for people of color and low socioeconomic status in the United States. American Indian Health and Family Services of Detroit (AIHFS), an Urban Tribal Health Organization (UIHO) serving Native and non-Native members of Southeast Michigan, is among the latest to face the epidemic of suicide with the aspirational Zero Suicide approach. At month two of a five year program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the goal of Zero Suicide at AIHFS is to reduce the rate of suicide amongst their patient population to “Zero” by examining the agency’s suicide intervention, mental health first aid and collaborative systems of care abilities that ensure that patients suffering from mental health issues receive consistent and accurate treatment. “The basic design of the program is to uncover gaps in identification and treatment of suicidal risk and ideation. At the same time, we pursue collaborative follow-up for individuals who are at heightened risk for suicide,” says Seth Allard, recently hired program manager. “The next move in our strategy is to bolster the abilities and resources available at ours and other organizations in the Seven County area. Zero Suicide requires an almost evangelical mindset – spreading the word that Zero Suicide is not a pie in the sky goal. Bringing suicide rates to Zero requires thinking outside the box, collaborating in novel ways, and accepting that Zero Suicide, as a goal, is only as realistic as our willingness to achieve it.” In the immediate future, AIHFS will complete the Zero Suicide survey and self-study, and will systematically address gaps in suicide prevention. “Like all Zero Suicide programs we have studied so far in preparation for rolling out our program,” says Seth, “Our program is taking on a different flavor. Our goal is to aggressively lead Zero Suicide in the Southeast Michigan area amongst Native and non-Native community members and organizations.” This, he says, will require networking, communication and teamwork amongst the 12 federally recognized Tribes in the State of Michigan, and buy-in from Tribal centers and community, health care and industrial leaders in Southeast Michigan. “Zero Suicide is aspirational and achievable. Zero Suicide is here.”
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If you live or work in the Southeast Michigan area, are concerned about suicide risk, or are interested in pursuing Zero Suicide at your Tribal or non-Tribal organization, contact Seth Allard at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are seeking non-emergency mental health or traditional (ceremonial) health services for friends, family or associates living in Southeast Michigan, feel free to contact the Behavioral Health Department at American Indian Health and Family Services at (313) 846-6030. Zero Suicide is also running a Logo Competition, with prizes for the winning design and runner up. Please see our Agencyâ€™s announcements at aihfs.org or email Seth Allard for further information.
Community Advisory Council (CAC) In September we had Dr. Sandy Momper from the University of Michigan talk about AIHFS receiving a new suicide prevention grant, called Zero Suicide. The council reviewed the forms currently being used for the Sacred Bundle project with the task of recommending how these forms could be changed to help the new grant meet its purpose. In November, we had ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) present on Health Advocacy. They educated our community about some of the current health legislation that could affect them and gave everyone a handout with contact info for our state representatives, state senators, federal representatives and federal senators. We also used the meeting as a time to have a fall harvest. Iâ€™d like to give a special thanks to one of our regulars, Don Lyons, for buying and cooking a lot of the side dishes we had that night. He even donated some of his own wild rice for the occasion! January 17th will be our first community advisory council meeting of 2019. We will be hosting the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They will be presenting to us the latest information about the human trafficking of children and crimes against children. Please come to find out in what way we may best help in preventing these horrible crimes. Remember we welcome everyone and look forward to new participants! John Marcus ph 313-846-3718 x1006
Wellbriety Greetings & salutations, community members, 2018 has come to a close and a new year is upon us! 2019 brings change and a chance to start over. In the spirit of change, Wellbriety is open to everyone in the community. We are a group of peers who meet once a week on Wednesdays from 5-6pm. BH Director Glenn Wilson is on hand for emotional support and guidance. We share, discuss, and learn how to cope with addictions on a day by day bases. Everyone is there for different reasons, ranging from alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating disorders, credit card abuse, smoking etc. Anything that causes you to not take care of yourself can possibly be considered an addiction. We are not here to judge or to be judged. This is not AA or NA. Wellbriety is a Native based teaching from the White Bison Inc., using The Red Road to Wellbriety teachings. Come join us for coffee, snacks and spend some time with people who know your struggle. For more info, call the agency at (313)846-3718.
Manidookewigashkibjigan Sacred Bundle Project By: Lauren Lockhart, LLMSW
Get to Know Us! The Sacred Bundle Project is a grantee of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. Through our project, we provide outreach, trainings, and screenings around suicide prevention to Native Youth ages 10-24 throughout the state of Michigan. The Team:
Project Director, Glenn Wilson, MS, CCS Project Manager, Lauren Lockhart, LLMSW Outreach and Training Coordinator, Coming Soon! Program Assistant , Coming Soon!
What We Have Been Up To: Gathering of Native Americans GONA) Wellness Retreat Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Mental Health First Aid Hope and Wellness Screenings
Drop Us a Line! Phone: 313-846-3718 Email: LLockhart@aihfs.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SacredBundleHealingHelpers Twitter: @sacredbundlehh Instagram: @sacredbundlehh
Youth Programs focus on Culture and Community By Nickole Fox Aanii, Osiyo community! The Dream Seekers and Little Dreamers have been busy as usual this fall. The team kicked off the after school program for 8-17 year old youth in October and have been meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm. New youth are always welcome, and we always enjoy seeing youth who have been away come back into the circle as well. During the second weekend in October, Youth Program Coordinator Darius Watkins worked closely with Indian Education Director Sue Wrobel to plan the annual Fall Culture camp. Youth from AIHFS, Anchor Bay Indian Education Program and the Algonac Indian Education program came together for 3 days of activities. On Friday night after everyone settled into their cabins, we met down by the main lodge to roast marshmallows and sing songs in Anishinabemowin with Edwin Taylor. The youth also participated in team building activities, ziplining, archery, canoeing, Ojibwe Bingo, Corn Husk Doll making, Dream Catcher making and outdoor activities. Jessica Boyd who is on staff at AIHFS and also a parent shared some of her experience: “For me, seeing the youth outside having fun, playing tag, playing basketball and being with each other outdoors was the best part. Another thing I liked was both of the youth groups were hanging out with each other and getting to know each other.” In November, the youth group planned a beautiful feast for the elders. We had over 20 elders join in the feast. We want to send out a special Miigwetch to all the elders that attended and to those elders that volunteered on the elder’s panel. The youth developed some great questions for the panel and the responses were taken to heart. Darius Watkins, our Youth Program Coordinator, explained, “It was a great event and one that brought all of the community closer. Both young and old.” Throughout the fall, we also had the honor of learning to drum and to sing. Joe Reilly and John Marcus joined the group each month and share their wisdom and teachings about the big drum and we all did some practicing. We also had the honor of having some of the local women come to share teachings and songs with the young women. We also had a generous donation come our way to support the work we are doing with the youth and will be having ribbon skirts made for all the Dream Seekers young ladies who have been practicing at AIHFS. I also wanted to mention that the Little Dreamers have had some great sessions. Particularly, we had Panoka Walker join us for a special event to promote literacy. She read the Water Walkers book that tells the story of Grandmother Josephine and the water walkers and the little ones learned about protecting the water for future generations. They made their own mini copper vessel necklaces so they can be reminded of these teachings. Thank you to everyone who has made the programs successful over the past few months. We look forward to seeing more volunteers, youth and parents join us in the coming months. Please contact Darius for questions or to learn how you can help or join the program!
The Value of Higher Education By Casey L. Brant Some of the best years in life are childhood times and later collegiate years. A good teacher becomes a great teacher by going above and beyond the textbook. Teachers accomplish this by continuing their education. The Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) program here at American Indian Health and Family Services can assist you in reaching your educational goals. If you are an individual between the ages of 14-24 or preparing to graduate high school wondering whether or not you should pursue a higher education we can assist you with resources. Sometimes students choose to go straight into the workforce after graduating. Some also choose to go into the military. With these different options a higher education is extremely valuable. Individuals that choose higher education like a four-year bachelorâ€™s degree are more likely to make more money than individuals who never obtain a college degree (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). Higher education is valuable because it offers new and exciting opportunities that you would be unable to experience without having attended a college or university. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and to be involved with clubs, student organizations, and activities that are only available to those attending a higher education system. College is also a great opportunity to continue playing your favorite sport. Universities offer many opportunities for you to continue your favorite past time. Attending a higher education institute can also give you the opportunity to study abroad. Studying abroad means you will be taking educational classes in another country. This gives you the chance to learn about another culture through first-hand experience. Many college students learn valuable life skills. As a college student, youâ€™ll develop essential time management skills more so than at the high school level. Balancing study time, classes, work, and fun without burning out; one needs to manage his or her time. You will also gain money management skills. Most students are on a financial budget which requires discipline to maintain. You will learn how to spend money wisely. Higher education is expensive. It can be hard for families to pay for school but this is not a reason for NOT attending. Start early and save. Look into financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help with the cost of tuition. I-LEAD can assist you with finding financial resources. You can set-up an appointment today with our Employment and College Outreach Specialist Jessica Boyd by calling 313-846-3718 x1403. A higher education is very valuable. Invest in yourself today!
I-LEAD Workshop Highlights By Casey L. Brant Over the last several months I-LEAD has hosted a series of educational and cultural workshops that were put on by both I-LEAD staff and program participants. The following were our most popular workshops with the youth and community. These workshops and all upcoming workshops are ways for you to grow and develop. If you were unable to make it to one of our workshops, we hope to see you at one in the future.
Communicating with Confidence Workshop Business owner and College Professor Nichole Cullin, provided simple communication tools, strategies, and tips to our youth in hopes of being confident and to better express ideas and overcome anxiety. Her exercises and techniques on listening, identity, perception, and conflict helped build self-esteem and improve overall relationships.
Ribbon Skirt Workshop Traditional Healer and Educator Liz Akewenzie (Ojibwe/Oneida) led a youth ribbon skirt workshop. Liz also shared the reasoning women wear skirts as well as the roles men and women play in society. This opportunity allowed youth participants and volunteers to share their crafty skills and stories. We had one young man that made a ribbon shirt which was very nice to see. So, please keep in mind our workshops are open to all youth and young adults.
Beading Workshop I-LEAD hosted a bead workshop with Detroit native Sarah Dayson (Mohawk/Munsee Delaware). Sarah showcased some of her beadwork to our Native youth and community. Sarah shared her beading story which began as a youth in the Indian Education program in Detroit, MI. She taught participants a simple bead technique in which they made a floral that can be turned into a hairpiece or medallion. The workshop had over 25 youth and community members.
Medicine Bag Workshop This Career and Culture event featured Drs. Frank Animikwam (Odawa) and Josette French (Ojibwe) who shared their experience as Native medical students and working in the medical field. Dr. Animikwamâ€™s shared his story of having to take the Medical School Admission Test (MSAT) three times before passing was an inspiring message to our youth to never give up while Dr. Frenchâ€™s story of how signs mean something and that we should follow them because everything happens for a reason. The youth participants made a traditional medicine bag pouch while Dr. Animikwam shared teachings about the medicine bag.
Chief Shingwauk (Shingwaukonse) or Little Pine Anishinaabe 1773-1854 From a young age he showed himself to have many qualities befitting a chief, which were revealed by his conduct and skills in augury (an ability to interpret omens). It was said by the age of 14 or 15 he had fasted 10 times. He was well experienced in native picture writing and mnemonics (improving memory) which would prove to be invaluable in passing down history through an oral tradition. In 1832, he snowshoed to York (Toronto) to petition Lieutenant Governor John Colborne for a school. From 1827 to 1854 Shingwauk developed new native rights and self-determination strategy. This involved establishing “Teaching Wigwams” throughout Anishnabek lands which would supply a European style education while maintaining their indigenous culture. His sons Augustin and Buhgwujjenene were responsible for turning this dream into a reality. Unfortunately, the government’s policy was that of integration and assimilation and clashed with Shingwauk’s vision for educating his people.
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This is the quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering January through March of 2019.
Published on Dec 26, 2018
This is the quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering January through March of 2019.