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A Monthly Publication for Native American Health Center Employees Vol. 4, Issue 11 — November 2011

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Native Women’s Wellness Conference 2011

By Jordan Skye Paul, Program Assistant, FCGC. October 14th and 15th marked the second annual Native Women’s Wellness Conference hosted by the Native American Health Center. The conference provided presentations, workshops, and a pampering session to Native and Non-Native women from various regions around the state who were interested in learning more about utilizing Native methods of healing to promote an Alcohol and Drug free lifestyle. Additionally the women who attended the conference were given tools towards wellness and health, of which they were able to take to their respective communities. Those who attended the conference were able to choose between an array of topics to sit in on, ranging from Finances and Recovery, Domestic Violence and Assault; Sustaining Recovery, Resiliency, and Building Assets; Reducing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as well as presentation of Digital Stories created by the native women of our NAHC community. Participants also had the opportunity to share experiences, stories, and express emotions and thoughts about these topics within their sessions. Feedback from the conference relayed emotions of appreciation, gratitude, and feelings of healing and wellness. The conference was truly an incredible event to see and experience and will surely continue to grow and promote wellness to the Native women of California.

In this issue: ⇒ NAHC Women's Conference…….………….....… Page 1 ⇒ HR Buzz: Avoiding Accidents………………..….. Page 2 ⇒ Healthy Pumpkin Bread….……………………..…Page 2 ⇒ New Faces at NAHC………...…………………..…. Page 3 ⇒ Employee Spotlight: Dr. Benjamin Lee............Page 3 Employee Spotlight: Dr. Benjamin Lee Page 3

⇒ Employee Anniversaries………………….….…….Page 3 ⇒ Safety Corner: Holiday food Prep Safety Tips..Page 4

Keys to Avoiding Slips and Falls Page 2

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HR Buzz: The Keys to Avoiding Slips and Falls

by Jennifer Luna HR Generalist Slipping on a wet spot on the floor, tripping over an object in the pathway, or falling from a ladder – such accidents happen more often than we realize. They can also result in severe injuries. Here are some points to remember regarding slips and falls. Avoiding Slips To avoid slips and resulting falls, be on the lookout for foreign substances on the floor. Watch for deposits of water, food, grease, oil, dust, soap, or debris. Even small quantities of these substances, sometimes almost too small to see, can be dangerous. When you come in from outdoors in rainy weather, wipe your shoes thoroughly on a doormat – not just keep the floor clean but to prevent wetness of your shoes from making you slip and, perhaps fall. Another point about walking safely: Don’t turn too sharply when changing your direction. Preventing Trips Some common tripping hazards are trash or unused material left in isles or other areas intended for pedestrian traffic, extension cords across paths of travel, tools not put away, and holes or unevenness in the floor. Walk where you’re supposed to walk. Don’t take shortcuts; especially don’t take shortcuts through machinery areas. Hold onto the handrails when walking on stairs or traveling on steeper-thanordinary ramps. If material or equipment is stored on stairways or ramps, move it or report it promptly. Also, horse-play or just plain goofing off can cause a trip, stumble or fall just by distracting a worker’s attention from moving safely. Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility It is everyone’s responsibility to keep work areas clean and safe. During the course of the workday you might find yourself tripping over or walking around boxes, electrical cords, or tools in an area that was previously clear. This makes it difficult to work safely and efficiently. Everyone Pumpkins ~ Pumpkins ~ Pumpkins

Nutrition Information:

Here is a delicious recipe from the folks at Good Housekeeping! It’s called the Healthy Make over Pumpkin Bread! Ingredients ~ • 1 cup(s) (packed) light brown sugar • 2 large egg whites • 1 cup(s) pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) • 1/4 cup(s) canola oil • 1/3 cup(s) low-fat plain yogurt • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup(s) whole wheat flour • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

Directions ~

Calories 140 Total Fat 4 Grams Saturated Fat 0 / Cholesterol 0 Sodium 165 mg Total Carbohydrate 25g Dietary Fiber 1g Sugars — Protein 2g Calcium —

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8 1/2" by 4 1/2" metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour.

2. In large bowl, with wire whisk, combine brown sugar and egg whites. 3. 4.

Add pumpkin, oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract; stir to combine. In medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert pumpkin bread onto wire rack; cool completely.

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Vol. 4, Issue 11 — November 2011 Employee spotlight: Dr. Benjamin Lee By Catherine A. Marin-Wisdom, Administrative Officer

November Employment Anniversaries

Tribe: it’s a secret Jerri Classen

Medical Oakland

11/07/1989 (22 Years)

Leah Shimabuku


11/08/1990 (21 Years)

Tell us a little about your job: I do what dentist do ☺

Alfonso Galindo

Dental Oakland

11/06/92 (19 Years)

What is the most enjoyable part about your job? Taking a PTO day (just kidding). The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing pt. actually benefiting from my work.

Jennifer Ramirez


11/27/2004 (7 Years)

Antonio Tudio


11/08/2005 (6 Years)

Catherine Chapman


11/01/2006 (5 Years)

Diane Kim

Medical SF

11/15/2007 (4 Years)

Larry Aguilera


11/18/2008 (3 Years)

Elizabeth Cortez-Quintana

Dental Oakland

11/07/2008 (3 Years)

Cherie Jalipa-Shirley

Administration SF

11/03/2008 (3 Years)

Jayme Mejia

Medical Oakland

11/12/2008 (3 Years)

Martha Martinez


11/30/2009 (2 Years)

Desiree Hernandez

Dental Oakland

11/02/2009 (2 Years)

Mario Martinez-Alvarez


11/16/2009 (2 Years)

Laura McLively


11/30/2009 (2 Years)

Ana Noriega

Dental Oakland

11/01/2099 (2 Years)

Kelly Castel


11/15/2010 (1 Year)

Carolyn Hand

Medical Oakland

11/02/2010 (1 Year)

Title: Dentist Site/Department: Dental How long have you worked @ NAHC? 3 years

What do you do to relax on the weekends? Go to the movies, play volleyball. What is your ideal vacation? A whole year traveling in Europe (paid for by someone else) What three things would you take on a deserted island? A plane, a pilot, and a fully equipped house.

New Faces @NAHC:

Lauren Baehner Evaluator FCGC Department SF

Jason Ching On Call Dentist Dental Department 7D

Virgil Moorhead Counselor FCGC Department 3124

Laree Wilson On Call Dental Assistant Dental Department 7D

Charles Noland Custodian Maintenance Department SF

Sareth Kim Medical Records Clerk, Temp. Medical Dept. 7D

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