Veteran’s Day Cultural Exchange
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 12:00 pm MST – Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YX8v3G9_RH-ajIGvD2swsQ
Thursday, November 12, 2002, at 12:00 pm MST – Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CrAxaeAeRcOtAiRcT_fHNw
In honor of our Native American Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their families, Health Choice AZ invites you to join them in enjoying and listening to the songs of our tribal nations. Wednesday’s event will feature Michael David Enis of the San Xavier District of Tohono O'odham Nation and the Mighty Arrows Drum Group of Ashland Montana. Thursday’s event will feature Shawn Namoki from Sipaulovi Village, Hopi, and the Black Mountain Bird Singers of the Colorado River Indian Tribe.
Coming Home, Reintegration to Native American Ways of Life
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM MST – Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xXNAUkGVQAa1AIJlOYSWLw
For some of our Native American service members, their transition home includes a cleansing type ceremony or process. Join Health Choice AZ in hearing personal accounts from Native American service members of the transition from Military service to civilian life.
Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month Celebration
Friday, November 20, 2020, at 10:00 AM MST – Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7dhB6ifHTF-XBH41R6VMDw
Health Choice Arizona/Blue Cross Blue Shield Tribal Program would like to invite you to join in honoring Native American Heritage Month. In this session, you will hear about the Tribal Program activity and plan for the new year followed by a presentation and performance from Christian Takes Gun "Supaman".
COVID cases are rising and everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot this year. Visit the ADHS website to find a flu vaccine provider near you:
Public health and education press conference
This week, Superintendent Hoffman, Dr. Cara Christ, and school leaders from Mesa Public Schools, Roosevelt Elementary School District, and Vail Schools held a press conference to discuss how rising COVID-19 cases impact our schools, teachers, and students. Dr. Christ and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced:
- The Healthy Kids, Open Schools campaign meant to help parents know when to keep their kids home from class and urge them to report symptoms and test results to the schools
- Efforts to increase community testing sites in school communities including nasal and ASU saliva tests
- A new initiative that will offer free peer-to-peer counseling for our educators and school leaders. This is similar to the strategy they have worked to offer our healthcare workers.
- A reminder that face-covering policies are required for public schools, meaning students should be wearing a mask to and from school on buses and on school campuses
Read the AZ Republic coverage on the press conference, "Limit gatherings outside class, Arizona health director, schools chief urge families."
Each week the Arizona Department of Education releases a blog summarizing our latest COVID-19 updates and announcements. You can read each week’s blog on our COVID-19 page.
Resources and Update from OIE Partners and Stakeholders
REL West: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Building Relationships with Students
REL West and the California School-Based Health Alliance partner in an ongoing event series for educators and health and mental health practitioners in California's Central Valley. Our latest event focused on building youth resilience through a variety of strategies, based on research that shows positive adult relationships can help mitigate the negative impacts of childhood trauma. Below are resources from one of the keynote presentations on specific strategies that adults can use to build positive relationships with children and youth
Recorded: Indigenous People’s Day
2020 Indigenous Peoples Day Speaker, Dr. Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay-Jennings speaking about supporting Native students by building relationships with Native nations. You can view the video on Vimeo HERE.
Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools
A collection of resources to change how we teach about Native peoples and Thanksgiving in our schools and homes. View resources HERE.
Events from OIE Partners and Stakeholders
UArizona: My Personal Story of testing (+) for COVID-19 as a TWOC
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM MST – Registration: http://bit.ly/UAHSLGBTQNov13
Trudie Jackson, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Teec Nos Pos, will share a personal reflection of testing (+) for COVID-19 and being in quarantine for 10 days per orders from her medical doctor. Also, discussing some of her initial thoughts while being quarantined while watching and listening to the news media and social media that shared stories of COVID-19 patients taking up most of the hospital beds, hospitals running out of space, and renting freezer trucks of deceased patients from COVID-19. Overall, as a TWOC, she contemplates who reached out to support and provide comfort to her.
UArizona: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Navajo Nation and A Story of Diné Resilience
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM MST – Registration: http://bit.ly/UAHSOEDINov17
In this session, Dr. Calderon will speak about how COVID-19 impacted the Navajo Nation and why they were a hidden COVID-19 hot spot in the United States at the onset of this pandemic. The Navajo Nation is fraught with infrastructural inadequacies and health disparities that were a set-up for such spread and devastation. However, throughout all this, the Navajo Nation has managed to flatten the curve and now serve as an example of success in overcoming. Dr. Calderon will tell the Diné story of resilience through this pandemic.
Western Forestry and Conservation Association: Building Sustainable Tribal Foodscapes In the Time of COVID with Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson (Hopi)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 6:00 PM MST – Registration: https://wfca-nursery.123signup.com/event/registration/kfvpg
COVID 19 has impacted us all and Native American communities are using a variety of projects to reinforce food security. Dr. Johnson’s presentation will cover the Native American Agriculture Fund’s engagement with various NAAF participants and grantees and will examine the importance of supporting these organizations.
UArizona Native Voices in STEM Fall 2020 Seminar Series presents: Indigenous Peoples, Science and (De)colonization Kim TallBear, PhD
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 3:00 PM MST – Zoom link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/667862706
Kim TallBear, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. Tallbear is working to build a research and training program at the University of Alberta that is focused on Indigenous Peoples’ engagements with science and technology as those fields and projects serve Indigenous self-determination. As a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, she aims “to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.” TallBear is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
UArizona: The Indians into Nursing: Career Advancement and Transition Scholars
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 10:00 AM MST – Registration: http://bit.ly/INCATS20
The Indians into Nursing: Career Advancement and Transition Scholars (INCATS) program is a five-year project to increase the number of BSN and advanced practice Native American nurses who will practice in tribal facilities, and build new tribal academic-practice collaborations that expand the Native American nursing workforce prepared to improve the care of native populations. Drs. Michelle Kahn-John and Timian Godfrey, co-PIs of the project, will describe the importance of increasing an Indigenous presence in the nursing profession and the ultimate impact on existing health disparities. Further, INCAT scholars will join and share their journey towards creating health equity for Native communities.