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NIHB tackles mental health issues

When it comes to her job, Clara Bushyhead does not pull any punches. The coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ Tradition not Addiction program, Bushyhead acknowledges that in order to address some of the problems facing her tribes’ youth, like substance abuse and mental health, she sometimes has to

Free mammogram program offered in October

Qualified women up to the age of 65 with little or no health insurance can get a free mammogram in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Mammograms are available at Seminole Tribe Health Department clinics. Also, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and its partners at health care providers

Weahkee: IHS making progress addressing GAO recommendations

I was (recently) invited to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at a hearing on High Risk Indian Programs: Progress and Efforts in Addressing GAO’s (Government Accountability Office) Recommendations. At this important hearing, I reported on the progress we have made since the Committee’s last hearing on

Don’t be overcharged for quality eyewear

When you visit an optometrist for a routine eye exam and need eyewear, you do not have to purchase your glasses or contacts from that same optometrist. You may obtain your prescription from the optometrist and take it with you so that you can shop around and compare prices on

Crevier named NCUIH executive director

WASHINGTON — The National Council of Urban Indian Health announced July 31 that its executive director position has been filled by Francys Crevier, who previously served NCUIH as the director of Governmental Affairs. Crevier (Algonquin) has been serving Indian Country for more than a decade. She has served in various capacities

Free dental service available for children

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has launched another free dental service for children – fluoride treatment to prevent cavities. Hygienists from DOH-Broward are offering a free dental exam and tooth-strengthening fluoride varnish to clients of the department’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) family nutrition program. Last year, the department

A patient’s perspective on colorectal cancer screening

American Indians and Alaska Natives are uniquely vulnerable to colorectal cancer. That’s why in Alaska, Alaska Native patients are now recommended to get their first colonoscopy — an examination of the gut for suspicious growths — at age 40. Across the Indian health system, both in federal government operated facilities and

Jill Kehaulani Esch chosen NICWA’s Member of the Year

In April, the National Indian Child Welfare Association honored Jill Kehaulani Esch, Esq. as 2017 NICWA Member of the Year. NICWA’s annual Member of the Year award honors and recognizes an individual or organizational member of NICWA who has demonstrated outstanding service, contributions and leadership in his or her profession,

Tips for back-to-school immunizations

Don’t let too much of summer vacation slip away before planning to get ready for school again – including all childhood immunizations. The best choice is to have children vaccinated by your family doctor. If that is not possible, you can visit the Tribal Health Department or county offices of the

Boys and Girls Club springs into fitness

The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Boys and Girls Club embarked on a fun-filled fitness journey in May. From May 8-12, students from throughout the tribe participated in the Spring National Fitness Competition, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Nestlé. The competition occurs twice per year — in

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