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Minobinmaadziwin “A Good Life”

This is the t-shirt design we will have for sale at our powwow, August 24th. See page 8 for our pow wow flier.

American Indian Health & Family Services July through September 2019 Newsletter

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New Beginnings at AIHFS! New Chief Executive Officer The American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) Board of Directors has selected Chasity Dial, enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer. Chasity Dial, who for 7.5 years had served as AIHFS's Chief Operations Officer and Human resources, succeeded Ashley Tuomi, the company's former CEO, on June 15th. “We are thankful for all the growth during Ashley Tuomi’s leadership, and are sad to see her leave,” said John Lemire, Chairperson of the Board. “Our search for her replacement became easier when the board learned that Chasity Dial had taken the opportunity afforded her in our succession plan and applied to be our next CEO. Chasity has worked closely with Ashley and part of our decision to select her was based on expectations of a smooth transition and continued growth.” “I am honored and extremely grateful to the board for giving me this opportunity to lead this organization on its continued mission of enhancing the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing of our community,” said Chasity Dial.

Chasity Dial, CEO

New Chief Operating Officer “I am deeply honored to have been named as the Chief Operating Officer with AIHFS,” said Glenn Wilson. “My experience here over the last three years has enabled me to become fully immersed within the projects and programming of our agency and become acutely aware of the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellbeing of American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families and other underserved populations. It is with great excitement that I look forward to enhancing our cross -cultural mission while remaining grounded in providing health and family services and culturally serving our Urban Community.”

Glenn Wilson, COO

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Dietary Supplements by Alice Kachman, MD, FACP— AIHFS Medical Director

More than half of all Americans take one or more dietary supplements daily or on occasion. While there is a lot of evidence that dietary supplements help in preventing and treating nutrient deficiency, there is much less evidence about their usefulness in preventing or treating other diseases.

Take charge of your health by being an informed consumer. Dietary supplement makers and marketers do not have to prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is safe or that it works. Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as foods, not as drugs. The label may claim certain health benefits. But unlike medicines, supplements can’t claim to cure, treat, or prevent disease. To make it easy to find reliable information for vitamins and other supplements, the National Institute of Health (NIH.gov) has fact sheets on dietary supplements.

“Natural” does not necessarily mean “safe”. For example, the herbs comfrey and kava can cause serious harm to the liver. Also, when you see the term “standardized” (or “verified” or “certified”) on the bottle, it does not necessarily guarantee product quality or consistency. The FDA doesn’t evaluate the quality of supplements or assess their effects on the body. If a product is found to be unsafe after it reaches the market, the FDA can restrict or ban its use.

Interactions are possible. Some dietary supplements may interact with medications (prescription or over-the-counter) or other dietary supplements, and some have side effects on their own.

Be aware of potential contamination. Some supplements have been found to contain hidden prescription drugs or other compounds. There’s no regulatory agency that makes sure that labels match what’s in the bottle. Most supplements should be fine where you usually shop. The most risky supplements for contamination are weight loss, sexual health, and athletic performance supplements.

Talk to your health care providers. Tell your health care providers about any complementary health products or practices you use, including dietary supplements. Some supplements may have side effects, especially if taken before surgery or with other medications.

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Pet Ownership Health Benefits by Alice Kachman, MD, FACP— AIHFS Medical Director

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Some of the health benefits of having a pet include:

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Decreased blood pressure

Increased opportunities for socialization

Decreased cholesterol levels Decreased feelings of loneliness Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities

However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make us sick even when the pet appears healthy. Some tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying a pet:

Pick the right pet. Do some research about the specific needs of the animal: for example, age, food, exercise, vet care, and other pet-specific needs.

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Households with children 5 years of age and younger should not have pet reptiles. People with weakened immune systems should take extra precautions when choosing and handling pets.

Pregnant women should avoid handling stray cats, especially kittens. There is no need to give up your current cat but you should avoid changing the litter.

Pregnant women should avoid pet rodents. While pregnant avoid contact and have someone else clean its habitat.

Always wash your hands after handling, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet. Keep your pet healthy by providing adequate veterinary care, quality food, and clean bedding. Pets can teach children compassion and responsibility. However, children 5 years of age and younger should be supervised while interacting with animals to ensure the safety of the child and the pet. Lastly, keep wildlife wild. Although they may look cute and cuddly, avoid touching wild animals to reduce the risk of illness and injury.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Event

Pictures from our event held May 28th

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Connecting With I-LEAD by Casey L. Brant

The Indigenous Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD) is gearing up to begin its eight (8) week summer apprenticeship program. This apprenticeship program is designed for Native youth ages 14-24. From June 19th to August 8th, specialized workshops, developmental tools, and cultural activites will allow youth to explore their creativity. Over the course of the summer program, these youth will be able to delve deeper into their areas of interest while discovering new opportunities. In addition to offering new learning experiences every day, the program also includes field trips and hands-on work experience. Some workshops include resume building, handling social media accounts, ribbon skirt/shirt making and beading. This opportunity will help them grow and increase their workforce competency. The program also focuses on leadership development which is essential to ensuring a strong workforce. They will have the opportunity to develop, lead, and plan various program activities. We also feature once a month Career and Culture event which is open to all youth ages 14-24. Career and Culture activites are usually youth-led and include a career development discussion paired with craft-making. It is a great approach to understanding workplace norms and cultural competency while enjoying food and conversation. Come connect with us! I-LEAD can be reached at 313-846-3718.

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Community Advisory Council by John Marcus

This month our meeting was a focus group for the Garrett Lee Smith grant, which is also called the Sacred Bundle project. Every year they check in with community advisory council. This year we had 20 people in attendance. Worth noting at this meeting is that we had an unexpected visit from State of Michigan Representative, Cynthia A. Johnson! As she entered the social hall and was waiting in line to sign in, I talked to her and she wasn’t sure she was at the right place, but after several minutes she said something feels right about being there and she felt maybe she was meant to be here. I must admit I didn’t really know who she was at first, but as she sat with us for dinner it became more apparent the significance of her being there. While we were eating, she asked for the opportunity to talk to the group about a recent bill related to cleaning up this area. Representative Johnson has introduced legislation that would increase illegal dumping penalties from a possible fine of $500 to $2500 and one year in jail instead of just 90 days. That would be for first-time offenders. A repeat offense could land violators in prison for five years with a $7500 fine. After she spoke briefly to the group, Chasity Dial, who at this meeting was our current Chief Operations Officer, but now is our new Chief Executive Officer, took her around the agency for a tour.

(L. to R.) Michaelyn Mclain, Cynthia A. Johnson, Chasity Dial

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by Alice Kachman, MD, FACP AIHFS Medical Director

Catching up on sleep doesn’t reverse damage to the body caused by sleep deprivation, according to a new study. In fact, so-called recovery sleep may make some things worse. About one of every three adults regularly gets less than seven hours of sleep a night. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to changes in metabolism. These increase the risk for obesity and diabetes. Some people try to make up for a lack of sleep by sleeping more on their days off. A research team studied this strategy for two weeks in 36 men and women. After three nights of normal sleep, the participants were split into three groups. The first group slept up to nine hours a night. The second group was allowed a maximum of five hours of sleep a night. The third group had a maximum of five hours a night for five days, but were then allowed to sleep in for two days. They then had two more days of sleep deprivation. Those who had only five hours of sleep a night gained about 3 pounds on average during the study. They also had a 13% decrease in a key measure of metabolism called insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is the body’s ability to use insulin properly and control blood sugar levels. Those who had recovery sleep gained about 3 pounds but had a 27% decrease in insulin sensitivity. Their natural body rhythms were also disrupted. They were more likely to wake up during the nights following the period of recovery sleep. Easier said than done: try to get enough sleep. It will make you feel better and will help prevent weight gain.

Energy Therapy at AIHFS Energy Therapy is a natural therapy that compliments conventional medicine. It is the channeling of healing energy to help relax, re-energize and allow the recipient’s own body to come back into balance in order to help the healing process. Energy healing appointments will be 1/2 hour sessions once a month call 313-846-6030

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Native Spotlight

T.C. Cannon Caddo/Kiowa 1946-1978 One of the most influential, innovative, and talented Native American artists of the 20thcentury, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Cannon’s work—as an artist, poet, and aspiring musician—is deeply personal yet undeniably political, reflecting his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political period during which he worked. Cannon preferred bold color combinations, mash-ups between Native and non-Native elements and never shied away from the complexity and nuance of identity politics. (Shown here is his painting, Two Guns Arikara)


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How to Support AIHFS! Only with your support can AIHFS continue to try to meet the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing needs of Native American families and other underserved populations in Southeastern Michigan. Additionally, as a 501(c)(3), your generous support is tax-deductible.

Won't you make a donation today to help us get closer to meeting these needs?

To donate by check or money order please send payable to: American Indian Health & Family Services P.O. Box 810, Dearborn, MI 48121-0810

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AIHFS Newsletter - July thru September 2019  

This is our quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering the months of July through September 2019. Make sure...

AIHFS Newsletter - July thru September 2019  

This is our quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering the months of July through September 2019. Make sure...