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A Monthly Publication for Native American Health Center Employees Vol. 5, Issue 2 — February 2012

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Native American Health Center, Inc., Bids Farewell to Two Great Men.

Ethan Nebelkopf

L-R Helen Waukazoo, Ethan Nebelkopf, Peter Schlichting, Alfonso Galindo & Martin Waukazoo.

Peter Schlichting

Ethan Nebelkopf, Director of the Family and Child Guidance

Peter Schlichting, Director of the Women, Infants and

Clinics Behavioral Health for the Native American Health Center and the Friendship House Association of American Indians, retired on January 20th, 2012 after 15 years of great service.

Children's (WIC) program for the Native American Health Center, retired on January 20th, 2012 after 6 years of great service.

Ethan joined NAHC in the fall of 1997 as Director of the department then moved onto director of Behavioral Health. Ethan brought in over 45,000,000 to the Native American Community.

Peter joined the WIC department in May of 2005. As head of the department he supported his staff in ramping up several programs such as the Peer Counseling, Child Birth Classes and the new Milk Bank Program. Each one of his staff became certified in the Lactation consultant program.

Ethan recently stated that, “It was a joy working for and with the Native American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and I will stay connected. A Spirit of Friendship filled the House and I feel fulfilled in making this world a little better every day.” We hope that Ethan will enjoy his retirement he will definitely be missed.

The WIC Department serves a constant flow of clients picking up vouchers, attending classes, and seeking support in other areas. The beauty of seeing the staff speak many languages to better serve the community, something Peter encouraged. We wish Peter well and he will be greatly missed.

In this issue: ⇒ NAHC Will Miss 2 Great Leaders.………….......… Page 1 ⇒ HR Buzz: TB & CPR Awareness...….……..…..….. Page 2 ⇒ NAHC Upcoming Events……………..………………Page 2 ⇒ New Faces at NAHC………...………………..…..…. Page 3 ⇒ Employee Anniversaries…………………...….…….Page 3 Employee Spotlight Bertha Diaz Page 2

⇒ Employee Spotlight: Bertha Diaz…….……………Page 3 ⇒ Safety Corner: Identity Theft Protection…..…...Page 4

8th Annual SF Give Kids a Smile Day Page 4

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HR Buzz: Annual Human Resources Requirements: TB and CPR! By: Natalie Aguilera Why are Annual TB Tests required at Native American Health Center? To help ensure that employees are able to perform their duties safely. The Native American Health Center is known for leading by example. Showing that we ourselves are healthy in order to provide services, we can help influence our patients to be healthy too. Prevention is our main focus when it comes to spreading diseases or illness. Annual TB testing is required for all staff. Please refer to our Policy and Procedure Manual. Refer to Section 213.8 Policy: Health Certification for Employment. If you have a primary care provider and/or private insurance, we encourage you to utilize those resources first. If you don’t have insurance and are an employee of NAHC we cover the cost of your TB

TB (Tuberculosis) Testing Facts: • Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through the air. • A person with tuberculosis infection may not have any symptoms. • There are two tests that can be used to help detect TB infection: a skin test or TB blood test. • Only about 10 percent of those infected with TB develop the disease. • TB is not easily caught. You have to be in close contact with someone who has TB for a several hours and days at a time.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification Facts: • CPR was invented in 1960. • 75 percent of all cardiac arrests happen in people's homes. • Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men compared to women. • If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation provided within 10 minutes a person has a 40% chance of survival. test. Please coordinate with your supervisor. Why is CPR Certification required at Native American Health Center? Emergencies are inevitable and being prepared can cause less stress and more comfort within a work place. One of the most important reasons to learn CPR is that it saves lives. NAHC requires employees to provide licensure and or certification as a condition of employment. Please refer to our Policy and Procedure Manual. Native American Health Center schedules internal group CPR Certification training courses. (Please check with your supervisor.)

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Vol. 5, Issue 2 — February 2012 Employee spotlight:

February Employment Anniversaries

Bertha Diaz, San Francisco Dental Department By Catherine A. Marin-Wisdom, Administrative Officer Title: RDAEF Clinical Manager

Darlene Petropoulos


02/06/1976 (36 Years)

Susan Jamerson


02/05/1997 (15 Years)

Michele Maas


02/10/2003 (9 Years)

Monica Marquez

Central Registration

02/09/2004 (8 Years)

Khanh Ngo


02/19/2005 (7 Years)

Rachel Pedemonte

Medical Oakland

02/19/2007 (5 Years)

Jacqueline Lomeli

Dental SF

02/09/2008 (4 Years)

Michelle Shawnego


02/17/2009 (3 Years)

DeJuana Presley

Medical Oakland

02/01/2009 (3 Years)

David Kagel


02/10/2009 (3 Years)

Anhthuy Nguyen

Dental Oakland

02/02/2009 (3 Years)

Allison Desmond


02/08/2010 (2 Years)

Aurora Mamea


02/08/2010 (2 Years)

David Samlan

FCGC Oakland

02/08/2010 (2 Years)

Veronica Shawnego

Nutrition & Fitness

02/01/2010 (2 Years)

Christopher Alexander

Medical SF

02/11/2011 (1 Year)

Cynthia Blacksmith


02/14/2011 (1 Year)

Harold Davis, Jr.


02/02/2011 (1 Year)

Yesenia Fuentes

Medical Oakland

02/22/2011 (1 Year)

Site: Dental Department (SF) How long have you worked @ NAHC? 7 years Tell us a little about your job: I do a little of everything making sure that the clinic runs smooth.

Bertha and Antonio Diaz What is the most enjoyable part about your job? I enjoy Working with our great team, making sure that we take good care of our patients. What do you do to relax on the weekends? Since I sing in a choir I have practice every other week then I go to church, also I like to buy my fantasy 5 and lotto as well, also my hubby and I like to go out for breakfasts to a different restaurants. What is your ideal vacation? Someday I would like to go the Vatican and would like to learn the history of it. What three things would you take on a deserted Island? For sure my family, something to crack coconuts and some games like Bejewels.

New Faces @NAHC:

Ana O'Connor Chief Operating Officer Admin Dept.

Anika Gannon Medical Receptionist SF Medical Dept

Julius Taladiar Desktop Support Coordinator IT Dept.

Maritas DeChristopher Patient Accounts Officer, Temporary Billing Dept.

Yuan Li Data Entry Coordinator SF Medical Dept.

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8th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day at the San Francisco Dental Clinic.

By: Lucy Wright The San Francisco Dental Department celebrated its 8th annual Give Kids A Smile Day! Our theme this year was Valentine’s Day! We provided free dental screening to children from the ages of 0-18. We were able to screen 200 children at both local preschools and at our clinic combined. Our festivities included oral hygiene education to both children and parents/caregivers, educational materials, goodie bags, and healthy snacks were given. We made a lot of new community partnerships with families and local preschools and look forward to next year! Family and Child Guidance Clinic Hosts First Time Grief Support Group. By: Janet King. Family and Child Guidance Clinic hosted a Grief and Loss circle in the fall 2011. The class met for 13 consecutive Wednesdays in the evening. The first class held 9/21/11 had 22 people in attendance and the last class held 12/13/11 was a Wiping of the Tears Ceremony conducted by Richard Moves Camp had about 30 people in attendance. The classes in between averaged about 10 people per session. Each session was filled with laughter and tears while people processed their grief. The participants became friends and expressed interest in having the class offered again in the spring. One participant said he had tried other bereavement classes but that this one was the only one that worked out for him. I would like to express appreciation to Katherine Lewis, Martha Martinez, Crystal Salas-Patten and Richard Moves Camp for caring for our community in helping to host the Grief and Loss class.

2010 Grief Support Participants

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Vol. 5, Issue 2 — February 2012 Emergency Preparation Corner– Identity Theft by Dawn Lulua-Claxton

Maybe you haven’t heard, but with the internet there is a rise in identity theft. I know it’s scary and can easily make you feel overwhelmed if it’s happened to you. The Federal Trade Commission has been great about teaching people how to protect themselves from identity theft. Their new slogan is: DETER DETECT DEFEND. DETER There are quite a few tips on how to stop the theft from happening to you. • Protect your Social Security number… DON’T trust anyone with anything with your number on it. • Treat your trash and mail carefully. Buy a shredder and don’t drop mail into an outdoor box. Go inside post office only. • Be on guard when using the Internet. Ensure you have a high rated antivirus and security system. • Select intricate passwords. At least 6 letters, 2 numbers and 1 symbol. • Verify sources before sharing information. Do not fill out any job applications on paper, online only! Most companies that appear not together more than likely have no security in their personnel files. • Safeguard your purse and wallet. If you are sure you lost it, the sooner you report it, the safer you are. • Store information in secure locations. Leave your SS card and passport at home in a locked cabinet, drawer or safe. • What is a security freeze? When a security freeze is in place at all three major credit bureaus, an identity thief cannot open a new account because the potential creditor or seller of services will not be able to check the credit file. When the consumer is applying for credit, he or she can lift the freeze temporarily using a PIN so legitimate applications for credit or services can be processed. • About identity theft insurance won't deter identity thieves, it can, in certain circumstances, minimize losses if an identity theft occurs. As with any product or service, as you consider whether to buy, be sure you understand what you'd be getting. DETECT Now if you think you’re safe: Check your credit at least once a year. There are 3 places to do so:

DEFEND I have a couple of resources here if you don’t know where to start, depending on the county you live in. There are live people that can walk you through the “what do I do,” as well as templates that you can personalize. - for Alameda County residents - for San Francisco County residents - for Contra Costa County resident

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