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Minobinmaadziwin “A Good Life” October 2018 - December 2018

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Greetings from Ashley Tuomi, CEO... Łax̣ayam, This year we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Over the 6 years I’ve been here, I’ve seen wonderful growth, which has made me excited for our future. We are currently planning a celebration of this anniversary at our Winter Solstice and hope that you will join us for an evening filled with great food, community fellowship, fun, and celebration of our accomplishments. Those who have been by recently can attest to wonderful remodeling to our clinic. We have also been the recipient of a number of grants, which will go towards our behavioral health services and wellness activities. We also have another wonderful opportunity with Trunk or Treat being held on October 30th. We are looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the event. Please feel free to bring your family and friends. Finally, I’d like for you to know I’ll be out of the office from around mid-November till early December, as my husband and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our second son. I will be back in time to celebrate Winter Solstice.

Ashley Tuomi CEO

October: National Primary Care Week (October 1-5) A primary care physician (PCP) is considered your main doctor. They are responsible for dealing with the majority of your health care issues. Your PCP is a generalist and can address most of your healthcare needs. In the event that you have a problem that’s more complex, your PCP will refer you to an appropriate specialist. This may include a surgeon, a psychiatrist, or a cardiologist, for example. You’ll go to your PCP at least yearly for preventive health care. You’ll also go to your PCP for nonemergency problems that arise unexpectedly. This includes a miserable cold that settles in your chest and doesn’t go away after a week or if you hurt your shoulder while giving your dog a bath. Your PCP is also good at managing most chronic medical problems. This includes high blood pressure, diabetes, acid reflux disease, and asthma. In some cases, your PCP may work together with a specialist to manage chronic medical problems, for example, rheumatoid arthritis. A rheumatologist may be involved in the initial diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Then the care may be turned over to your PCP once the disease is well controlled by medications. A primary care physician or provider is your first line of care for your health. Make an appointment to see your PCP today.

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 13-19)

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At least 23,000 people die as a result. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance: 1. Antibiotic resistance does not mean the body is becoming resistant to antibiotics; it is that bacteria have become resistant to the antibiotic designed to kill them. 2. When bacteria become resistant, antibiotics cannot fight them, and the bacteria can multiple. 3. Some resistant bacteria can be harder to treat and can spread to other people. Why is it important to Be Antibiotics Aware? Antibiotics save lives. When a patient needs antibiotics, the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects or antibiotics resistance. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you. Reactions from antibiotics cause 1 out of 5 medication-related visits to the emergency department. Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work on viruses. You can stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines. Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent infections.


National Hand Washing Awareness Week (December 2-8)

Germs can get into the body through eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands and helps prevent sickness. Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Handwashing helps prevent infections for these reasons: 1. People often touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without realizing it, introducing germs into their bodies. 2. Germs from unwashed hands may get into foods and drinks when people prepare or consume them. Germs can grow in some types of foods and drinks and make people sick. 3. Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, such as door knobs, tables, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands. What type of soap should you use? You can use bar soap or liquid soap. Studies have not found any additional health benefit from using soap containing antibacterial ingredients when compared to plain soap. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. Stop Germs! Stay healthy! Wash your hands.

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Native American Youth: It’s Time to Invest in Yourself By Casey L. Brant

We are happy to announce the launch of the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) program for Native youth and young adults. ILEAD, a program funded by the Administration for Native Americans, promotes economic and social self-sufficiency by strengthening leadership opportunities for Native American youth ages 14-24 years old. Our primary focus is college and workforce preparations. We help Native youth explore future career and educational interests through college and career planning, apprenticeships, and cultural enrichment. Our goal is to open Native youth’s eyes to the many opportunities in the areas of education and employment. Our services are educationally focused and tailored to meet individual needs. Jessica Boyd (Oneida Nation of the Thames), I-LEAD’s Employment and College Outreach Specialist can assist you in developing a resume, exploring job opportunities, earning your GED, researching scholarships, identifying testing locations, and more. The unique part of our program is our paid summer apprenticeships. We offer a paid 8 week summer apprenticeship program at our agency. YES! You can receive hands-on experience that can land you an entry-level job. We also have the WeneNiiganzejik Circle which is for Indigenous young adults ages 18-24. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month from 6pm-8pm. It is a space for young adults to come together, reignite our culture, and strengthen the fabric of our community. A mentor EMPOWERS a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. ~Shawn Hitchcock Mentoring can help youth and young adults through challenging life transitions. The supportive and healthy relationship between mentors and mentees can contribute to a variety of benefits like increased self-esteem, lower high school dropout rates, better attitudes, and healthier relationships and lifestyle choices, and decreased drug and alcohol use. (Continued on page 6)

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(www.mentoring.org) Mentors can help shape or reshape someone’s outcome. I-LEAD has a college and a high school peer mentor. Tara Maudrie (Ojibwe) is our college peer mentor and studies at Oakland University. She can offer advice on school services and give her peer advice to better direct students about college life. Tara is organized and a great leader to those seeking higher education. Adon Vazquez (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), our high school peer mentor, is eager to boost his career profile by being a peer leader to fellow high school graduates and high school students. Peer mentoring isn’t just another program, it is an opportunity to connect with people and build lasting relationships. Tara and Adon are great role models. Both have a lot to offer so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be mentored by one of our peers. Call today to set-up a meet and greet at AIHFS or somewhere else! The peer mentors can be reached at 313-846-3718. Enroll in our program today! All youth and young adult participants will complete a registration and career or educational assessment based on individual needs. The youth will then work with the I-LEAD team to plan a path that will make the program most beneficial to them. All native youths must be between the ages of 14-24. For more information please contact us at 313-846-3718 or email Casey Brant, program coordinator at cbrant@aihfs.org. For employment and college needs you can contact the employment and college outreach specialist at 313-8463718 or email at jboyd@aihfs.org.







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I-LEAD Program Coordinator Casey L. Brant is Mohawk and a registered member of the Muncey Delaware Nation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in community development from Central Michigan University. Casey is very passionate about community and leadership. She believes with personal and professional growth anything can happen. Casey has remained active in her native communities through various leadership opportunities. Her passion and commitment to the community and young people is evident through her work and volunteer experiences. I-LEAD Program Assistant Teia McGahey (Ojibwe, Sault Ste. Marie) has Aanishnabe, Mexican and Irish ancestry. Teia is continuously on a path to connect with her roots and excited to support others on their journeys. She comes from the community organizing world and is very passionate about supporting our indigenous cultures and ways. Teia hopes to be a support person for other native young adults looking to create a better world for themselves and our community. I-LEAD Employment and College Outreach Specialist Jessica Boyd is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Jessica received her bachelors’ degree in Sociology and American Culture from the University of Michigan. Jessica is a Detroit native and is excited to be working in her native community. As a mother, guiding and helping young people widen their horizons is personally rewarding. She strives to stay a positive and supporting role model to her daughter. I-LEAD College Peer Mentor Tara Maudrie is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Tara is a college student at Oakland University pursuing an undergraduate degree. Next year she will begin graduate studies in Public Health. Health disparities in her family and within the Native community have inspired her to work in health field. Tara has found a cultural connection at AIHFS and enjoys connecting with her fellow peers. I-LEAD High School Peer Mentor Adon Vazquez is an enrolled member of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is also Mexican and Macedonian. He is a recent high school graduate from Crestwood and will be attending Wayne State University in January. Adon is a former member of the Dreamseekers youth group at AIHFS. Currently, he is a member of the National Council of Urban Indian Health’s first youth council in Washington DC and serves as a youth ambassador for We R Native. Adon has been an active member in his native community. He is excited to be a peer mentor because helping fellow peers find their voice is important. I-LEAD


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Our I-LEAD Experience By Shayla and Trevor French (Ojibwe) As a part of the apprenticeship program here at AIHFS, we had the opportunity to travel to Missoula, Montana for the first ever I-LEAD Native Youth Summit. Throughout the numerous activities and inspirational speeches given during the week, we learned many skills and values that we will use to improve our program here at AIHFS. Over the course of the week, we participated in several workshops focused around trauma, teamwork, and leadership. These workshops were geared towards inspiring and empowering today’s youth in a very positive and welcoming environment. Speakers shared their journeys and encouraged us to take charge of our lives and follow our dreams. The I-LEAD Native Youth Summit also focused on the cultures of the participants through cultural night where people had the opportunity to share their traditional songs and dances with everyone. We had the opportunity to meet people from around the world like Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa, and several states. We shared cultural practices through dance, storytelling, and song. It opened our eyes to the diversity of Native culture. Some of the groups taught us one or a few of their traditional dances. The I-LEAD Native Youth Summit gave us new friends, ideas for future projects, and a deeper knowledge of Native cultures. Importantly, it gave us the inspiration to learn a traditional song and dance so that we can show a part of the Ojibwe Native culture to the groups next year. Overall, the youth are excited to see what the I-LEAD program brings in the years to come. I-LEAD


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Let’s Take Special Care of Special Needs! By Arfah Anjum, Intern for the Healthy Start/Family Spirit Program Some Facts & Foundation: A significant number of Native American/Alaska Native children under the age of 17 in the United States require services for developmental delays or disorders. Further investigation reveals that a significant portion of these children require services for developmental delays or disorders. In fact, the 10 percent of American Indians/Alaska Natives children who received services for developmental delay in 2016 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—established in 1975—exceeded the national average of 6 percent.2 Many American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities are either unserved or underserved, which can have detrimental effects for families later in life.4 Given this data, American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) wants to shed light specifically on the struggles of families with children requiring special services.

For Your Knowledge:1,5 There are four major Federal Laws regarding children with special needs and their education: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Schools cannot discriminate against students with special needs, and they must make the proper accommodations for them The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (1975, amended in 2004) Covers what conditions are eligible for special education The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990) Requires ALL schools—except for religious ones—to meet the needs of kids with disorders/disabilities No Child Left Behind (2002) Requires educators, parents, and elected officials to put forth effort to reduce the academic achievement gap between high- and low-performing students

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“MOTHER TONGUE” Carmen’s Story — MA, Community Health Worker for Healthy Start/ Family Spirit & Program Coordinator of Tribal PREP

The language barrier between medical personnel and parents is disrupting the achievement of optimal health outcomes for children with disorders/disabilities. I have visited a mother who is fluent in Spanish only, and as a result, she was unable to understand the directions of the Speech Pathologist that tended to her autistic child. Without the proper understanding, this mother struggles to continue the speech therapy with the child at home, and this has a negative impact on the child’s progress. I also noted another significant obstacle to the care of the child: the language barrier renders mom unable to determine whether her child’s speech is developing properly. Given that her child is autistic, a typical question we ask mom is whether or not the child is producing words yet. Unfortunately, to a Spanish monolingual mother, the beginnings of English word formation are uninterpretable due to her unfamiliarity with the English language. Consequently, she is unable to effectively monitor her child’s language development. In this case, I think the family would have really benefited by having a Spanish-English interpreter consistently attend appointments with them, but this would have only solved the translation of medical care issue. There are deeper struggles that need to be addressed to help parents assist their children with special needs.

Does this sound like something you have experienced? I.

Talk to your home visitor from AIHFS: they are happy to connect you to any resources that they know of through the agency

II. Michigan Alliance for Families3 (http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/native-american) provides links to resources for Native American families that have children with disabilities—in multiple languages! III. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry1 (www.aacap.org) has English and Spanish ‘Facts for Families’ available

References 1

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2016, September). School services for children with special needs: Know your rights. Retrieved from https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/ Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Services-In-School-For-Children-With-SpecialNeeds-What-Parents-Need-To-Know-083.aspx 2

Department of Education. (2016). 38th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2016. [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/ reports/annual/osep/2016/parts-b-c/38th-arc-for-idea.pdf 3

Michigan Alliance for Families. (2018). Native American. Retrieved from http:// www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/native-american/


Mitchell, C. M., Croy, C., Spicer, P., Frankel, K., & Emde, R. N. (2011). Trajectories of cognitive development among american indian young children. Developmental Psychology, 47(4): 991-999. 5

National Council on Disability. (2003, August 1). Understanding disabilities in american indian and alaska native communities. [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www.ncd.gov/rawmedia_repository/ Understanding%20Disabilities%20in%20American%20Indian%20and%20Alaska%20Native% 20Communities%20Toolkit%20Guide.pdf

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Quote: I am poor and naked, but I am the chief on the nation. We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We want peace and love.

Red Cloud Oglala Lakota Source: https://www.azquotes.com/quote/58907

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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.

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AIHFS Oct-Dec 2018 Newsletter  

This is the quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering October through December 2018.

AIHFS Oct-Dec 2018 Newsletter  

This is the quarterly newsletter for American Indian Health & Family Services covering October through December 2018.