New IHS Suicide Prevention PSA (media/Health)

New IHS Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Narrated by Indian Youth

We all remain very concerned and troubled about the high number of suicides in Indian Country. The IHS recently completed 10 Suicide Prevention Listening Sessions throughout Indian Country with our partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Department of the Interior. Comprehensive information about resources for suicide prevention can be found on the Suicide Prevention site. We are releasing a new public service announcement about suicide prevention that is narrated by Jack Herne, who is a 15-year old enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. We thank Jack for his inspiring words and commitment to help other young Indian people.

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Let's Move in Indian Country (health)

 On Thursday March 10th at 4:00PM E.S.T. we ask that you please join officials from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Indian Health Services to discuss a new White House initiative addressing childhood obesity in Indian Country.  Please view the attached draft briefing document prior to the call. Call information is listed below.  We look forward to talking to you.
Thursday, March 10th – 4:00pm EST
Dial-in Number:  888-577-8993
Participant Code:  6167058

Weaving Wellness In Native Communities (event)

Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc is hosting a Native Summit meeting titled:
Weaving Wellness In Native Communities
March 31 – April 2, 2011 at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel


The Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC), along with local Tribes and various partnering programs, will be hosting a Community Health and Wellness Summit.  The gathering entitled, Weaving Wellness in Native Communities, will be held March 31 – April 2, 2011 at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel.  The summit is an opportunity for the Native American community to come together to begin developing sustainable wellness plans for individuals and Tribal communities.  Participants will work together to access tools, training and support to address issues of mutual concern.  This will empower them to assist their communities to create the change they envision based upon the culture and traditions of their Tribes.  


As part of building and reinforcing a strong family unit, youth will play an integral role at the meeting.  A youth track has been designed to provide information and resources targeted to address their needs.  Additionally, selected youth will participate in a video documentation effort to capture the process and results of the event. 


This gathering will provide communities with an opportunity to develop solutions to the problems that confront them.  The summit will focus on the four key areas Mind, Body Spirit and Community.  Bringing balance to these components of life will promote the type of wellness that will benefit Native American individuals, families, communities and Tribes.   For more information go to: or call AndreCramblit or Lou Moerner at 800.566.2381 or email


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Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (health/education)

Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS)


The DETS Project is part of a national effort to decrease the incidence and improve the care of type 2 diabetes among American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The DETS Project is a K - 12 Curriculum that was developed using a multidisciplinary approach. The DETS Curriculum consists of units that incorporate National Science Education Standards, Inquiry-Learning (5E model), and AI/AN cultural and community knowledge.



The goals of the DETS K - 12 Curriculum are:

  • Increase the understanding of health, diabetes, and maintaining life in balance among American Indian/Alaska Native students. (Teach about diabetes)

    The curriculum incorporates inquiry-based learning that will enhance students' science process skills. Lessons encourage students to become researchers. Investigative inquiry (observing, measuring, predicting, inferring, classifying, experimenting, communicating, etc.) allows students to emulate the work of real-life researchers. The discoveries of diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of diabetes increase student understanding and appreciation for direct and indirect effects of scientific research within a cultural framework.
  • Increase American Indian/Alaska Native students' understanding and application of scientific and community knowledge. (Value and use scientific and traditional knowledge)

    The DETS curriculum supports the integration of AI/AN culture and tribal community knowledge with diabetes-related science. Lesson plans enhance the content being taught to meet educational standards within school districts.
  • Increase interest in science and health professions among American Indian/Alaska Native youth. (Encourage science and health careers)

    The DETS curriculum encourages students to gain an understanding of diabetes-related biomedical sciences. Lessons are built around role models who are health science professionals. Students increase their awareness of careers in science and health. They also learn about the value of the involvement of these professionals in their communities.


Diabetes & Native Students (health)

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

This comprehensive resource guide helps students with diabetes, their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to provide optimal diabetes management in the school setting.

Full Guide and related promotional materials can be downloaded at:

FYI:  American Indians have the highest rate of diabetes of any group IN THE WORLD.  They are more than twice as likely to die from diabetes and it's complications than all other Americans.

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