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NWTEC Success Story: Bigfoot Tackles COVID

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Bigfoot has been helping the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s (NPAIHB) Tribal Epidemiology Center spread the word about how to stay safe from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

In his first appearance in March 2020, Bigfoot stressed the importance of protecting our Elders and staying home to stay safe. Since then, his guiding presence has brought important messages to the NW Tribes wrapped up in a bit of fun.

Last fall, Bigfoot started making personal appearances at all the NPAIHB Tribes to encourage mask wearing and to spread some joy despite the pandemic. Wearing his extra LARGE mask, he was enthusiastically received by all.

In early 2021, besides his Stay Safe messages, Bigfoot began encouraging people to get vaccinated culminating in his appearance on a “tattoo” after vaccination. These tattoos were also distributed to all the Tribes served by the NPAIHB for distribution at vaccination events.

In his most recent appearance, Bigfoot has been seen taking his children to be vaccinated, encouraging parents to take care of their children and communities!

 

Like our Tribes, Bigfoot is committed to protecting those who came before him and nurturing those who come after.

 






 

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NWTEC Success Story: 2020 Trans and Gender-Affirming Care Strategic Vision and Action Plan

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Over the past year, the Paths (Re)Membered Project has worked on a variety of projects to support the health of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ (2SLGBTQ+) people. (We use Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ or 2SLGBTQ+ throughout this briefing to refer to individuals who identify as gender-diverse (not cisgender) or have a minority sexual orientation.) Paths (Re)Membered activities have included founding a Trans & Gender-Affirming Care ECHO, publishing monthly podcasts and blog posts, hosting regular community events and trainings for staff and partners, working with northwest tribes to build capacity for affirming environments in clinics and community spaces, and completing a 2SLGBTQ+ Pride and Connectedness Online Survey.

In January of 2020, NPAIHB Delegates approved the resolution “Support for Quality Care and Improved Health Outcomes for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ People.” In response, the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program founded the Native Advocacy Workgroup for Trans Health and worked with them to collectively create a Strategic Vision and Action Plan focused on Trans & Gender-Affirming Care in Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Clinics (I/T/U).

In its role creating the Strategic Vision and Action Plan, NPAIHB listened and consulted with stakeholders including 2SLGBTQ+ community members, healthcare providers, policymakers, and community and program leaders. This strategic plan supports the I/T/U clinics as they begin to provide gender-affirming care to their patients by emphasizing the following four goals:

  1. Develop and pass protective policies at the federal, tribal, and local levels;
  2. Ensure affirming clinical environments for gender-diverse patients;
  3. Ensure best practice care for Indigenous gender-diverse patients; and
  4. Improve I/T/U health systems support for initiatives focused on the wellness of gender-diverse community members.

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For more information about the Strategic Vision and Action Plan or to learn more about the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program, please contact Morgan at mthomas@npaihb.org or 850-748-3458.

 

The dissemination of this strategic plan will guide I/T/U clinics, ensuring they have the strategies and support they need to fully implement these guidelines and to offer 2SLGBTQ+ clients a welcoming space and the care they need to be healthy. It will further guide policy and tribal leaders as they work to ensure programs and policies developed in Indian Country are affirming for 2SLGBTQ+ clients and community members.


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Jessica Leston (Tsimshian), she/her/hers, Clinical Programs Manager
Itai Jeffries (Yèsah/Occaneechi), they/them/ya’ll, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered
Morgan Thomas, they/them, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered

 

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UIHI Success Story: Supporting the Sacred – Womxn of Resilience

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In September 2020, UIHI released a grant opportunity, Supporting the Sacred: Womxn of Resilience, for Native femme-identifying survivors of sexual violence who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The individuals who applied shared their stories with us and allowed us to be a small part of their healing journey. For that, we are beyond grateful.

To show our appreciation and love for this community, we created care packages full of medicines, jewelry, and other self-care items purchased from Indigenous-owned and operated businesses including Sister Sky, Eighth Generation, Haípažaža pȟežúta, Red Lake Nation Foods, and NativeWorks Jewelry Store.

 

Each care package was a display of the respect and care we have for our relatives who have survived sexual violence and who chose to trust us with their story so we can better serve our community.

 








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ITCA TEC Success Story: After Action Review Toolkit & Guided Workshop

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The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) conducted the first Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) Tribal Public Health After Action Review Workshop with Tribal sub-awardees. This event was held in partnership with Blue Stone Strategy Group, LLC, which was made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The development of After Action Review, helps Tribes assess performance, document lessons learned, and identify areas for improvement in a non-judgmental way, during and after a public health emergency.

Former Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and co-founder of Blue Stone Strategy Group, Jamie Fullmer, and his team guided the Tribal staff through developing a framework for a culturally-competent After Action Review Plan. Participants were provided with a hard copy of the designed toolkit, outlining the After Action Review Planning Process. Several exercises were facilitated during the workshop that provided opportunities for the Tribal staff to begin developing their respective After Action Review Plans, and share those plans with their colleagues. Each sub-awardee examined their Tribes’ response effort to COVID-19 pandemic, and identified specific areas for improvement, as well as implementation strategies.

The workshop concluded with participants reflecting on their experience during the workshop review process. As a result of the After Action Review Workshop, COVID-19 Response Tribal sub-awardees are now more prepared to manage the Tribes’ future emergencies, including those related to COVID-19.

 

“Often times we don’t think about an After Action Review, however, it may be the most important. The training was great and the toolkit was helpful and easy to understand and follow.”
 
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AASTEC Success Story: Tribal Injury Prevention Program

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2020 Virtual Tribal Motor Vehicle Safety Summit

For the month of October, you can take part in different learning and networking opportunities from the comfort and safety of your own home/office. We hope you can advance your knowledge to gain a better understanding of motor vehicle safety skills and prevention through interactive sessions with leading experts.

 

The Injury Prevention world may seem small, but we want everyone to gain new insight and learn from our colleagues!

 

Looking to connect with colleagues? We have designated networking opportunities and social activities into our interactive conference platform. Make lasting connections like never before!

2020 Virtual Tribal Motor Vehicle Safety Summit

For more information contact:
Jerrod Moore
Tribal Injury Prevention Program Coordinator

jmoore@aaihb.org
(505) 764-0036

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