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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

Summer food safety tips

Summer is here! Fun times such as pool parties and other social events can mean foodborne illnesses caused by disease-causing bacteria found in many foods. Most often, these bacteria spread when proper hand-washing techniques are not used; when uncooked foods are allowed to cross-contaminate foods that are ready to eat;

Night Crawlers capture Fitbit Challenge

HOLLYWOOD — The abundance of frequent walker miles accumulated by Nina Frias and Hali Garcia in lengthy trips across southern Broward County helped their team capture Hollywood’s Pathways Fitbit Challenge this spring. With the Hollywood Reservation as a starting point, Frias and Garcia embarked on journeys that most people would only consider

Battle mosquitoes by draining, covering

Rainy season is right around the corner and that means one thing – protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. The bug to watch for is the Aedes mosquito, a small biter that is black with white spots and lives right outside or inside your house. They specialize in biting humans,

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