Announcements of May 19th

 

Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 23rd, at the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, 6450 Maple, in Dearborn, Michigan there will be a community meeting surrounding healthcare policy, empowerment and community engagement. This is a chance to learn about the potential threats to your healthcare and what you can do to defend it. For more info, Farah Erzouki, at 313-216-2247.

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our May playgroup on Friday, May 26 from 11am-1:30pm. This month we will be planting in the planting flowers in the Healthy Start garden, as well as playing with water and sand.  Please come dressed for messy outdoor fun! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office, 313-846-3718.

 

Holiday Agency Closure
Monday, May 29th, American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. We will resume regularly scheduled business on Tuesday, May 30th. Have a great Day!

 

Linguistic Conference
Wednesday, June 21st, at the Westland City Hall, the wayne county system of care is having a linguistics conference.  This is their 2nd annual children’s cultural linguistic competency summit: paradigm shifts in cultural & linguistic competency in children’s system of care. Note: This is free for those working within Wayne County. Please be advised that those outside of Wayne County will be charged $15 to attend.

 

 

 

Announcements of May 10th

Focus Group Participants Needed
Thursday, May 18th, at this month’s community advisory council meeting we will have a focus group by the Sacred Bundle project. This will be used to get feedback on our suicide prevention efforts. Everyone is welcome but the size will be limited to 12 participants. Please RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or reply to this email, to reserve your seat.

 

Community Advisory Council Schedule Change
Effective immediately, the community advisory council will meet every other month. Since we are having a meeting this month, we will not have a meeting in June. We are doing this in hope that the additional time between meetings will allow planning for more relevant topics which in turn would increase community participation. For more info please call John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Sacred Roots Garden Work Days
Starting May 15th, join the Sacred Roots program for weekly garden fun, Mondays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, and Thursdays, 9am to 12pm. For more info, Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718.

 

Job Posting
American Indian Health and Family Services (Detroit, MI) is currently hiring for the Program Coordinator Position for our MSPI, Weneniiganzejik: The Future Leaders Project. The Program Coordinator works directly with the project team to provide support, assistance and leadership for carrying out multiple components of the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, including promoting positive youth development, increasing family engagement, and increasing access to culturally appropriate prevention activities with the goal of reducing drug use and suicide among Native American youth in Southeastern Michigan. For more information, see the job posting on our website. http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

Not Enrolled in Expanded Medicaid?
The University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation is looking for individuals around the State that are eligible for the expanded Medicaid (HMP), but have not enrolled. See these fliers for more info.


 

Second Call For Abstracts
Monday, May 15th, is the deadline for the second call for abstracts for the 10th National Conference, Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength through Tradition and Science. This conference will be September 21-24, 2017 in Niagara Falls, NY. For more info follow this link:
http://keepitsacred.itcmi.org/2017/05/spirit-of-eagles-second-call-for-abstracts-due-may-15/

 

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Walk & Rally
Tuesday, May 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm at Claude Allison Park in Redford, Mich., join Youth United as they celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with a free event for the whole family. This is sponsored by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the Connections of Wayne County System of Care and Youth United. For more info contact Youth United at 313-344-9099.

 

 

Announcement of May 4th

 

Rescheduled Event
The Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Walk & Rally scheduled for today, Thursday, May 4th, has been rescheduled!
The new date for this event will be May 23rd, 4:00pm to 7:00pm. This event is sponsored by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the Connections of Wayne County System of Care and Youth United. For more info contact Youth United at 313-344-9099.

Announcements of April 28th

 

Job Posting
American Indian Health and Family Services (Detroit, MI) is currently hiring for the Program Coordinator Position for our MSPI, Weneniiganzejik: The Future Leaders Project. The Program Coordinator works directly with the project team to provide support, assistance and leadership for carrying out multiple components of the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, including promoting positive youth development, increasing family engagement, and increasing access to culturally appropriate prevention activities with the goal of reducing drug use and suicide among Native American youth in Southeastern Michigan. For more information, see the job posting on our website. http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. Make sure to say hi to our AIHFS representatives who’ll be doing outreach there. This is a free event that is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and a food sale.

 

AIHFS Newsletter
Check out our latest newsletter, with information about oral cancer awareness, our community advisory council, childbirth classes, a story by our behavioral health director, a recap of the youth program’s family night and more! Use this link to view the online version.
http://issuu.com/aihfs_detroit/docs/aihfs_april_2017_newsletter_final_2

Or, if you want to download it(10MB), use this link,AIHFS April 2017 Newsletter FINAL(2)

 

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Walk & Rally
Thursday, May 4th, from 4pm to 7pm at Claude Allison Park in Redford, Mich., join Youth United as they celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with a free event for the whole family. This is sponsored by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the Connections of Wayne County System of Care and Youth United. For more info contact Youth United at 313-344-9099.

 

Community Sweat Lodge
In the evening of May 5th, Friday, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Fire & Teachings start around 6pm. We will go in around 8pm. Please remember these times are approximate. Women should bring a long comfortable skirt, modest comfortable top (such as a t-shirt) and a towel. Men should bring shorts and a towel. If you would like to bring a dish to share for the small feast afterwards, please do! For more info, please contact Nickole Fox, 313-846-6030.

 

Walking the Red Road
June 16th-18th, at the Kewadin Casino’s Convention Center in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan there will be a sobriety conference hosted by Sober Indianz.

 

 

 

Announcements of April 18th

 

Seventh Fire Food Sovereignty Alliance
Join us today, April 18th, at 5:30pm for our next Food Sovereignty Alliance meeting. This group increases community voice, ownership, and action in the Sacred Roots traditional food program. This month we will begin planning our digital storytelling workshop that will take place this winter. Everyone is welcome at our meetings. Meetings are potluck—please bring something to share if possible. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-6030 ext 1403.

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, April 20th, 5:30-7:30, is our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will have a presentation by Mothering Justice. Mothering Justice is dedicated to empowering mothers to influence policy on behalf of themselves and their families. Mothering Justice hopes to change the future of families in Michigan for the better. For more info call me, John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our April playgroup on Friday, April 21 from 11am-1:30pm. This month our special guest, WIC intern Elena Flores, will be teaching us about easy, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to make with WIC foods.  For more information please contact the Healthy Start office.

 

Our Latest Blog Posting
Long ago, the shells from the sea, porcupine quills, elks teeth, bone, bear claws, turtle shells and even dear hooves were used to make beautiful beadwork that accentuated dancers as they moved, beadwork that highlighted the accomplishments of tribal members, and even beadwork to mark milestones in life. To read the rest of the latest blog posting about beadwork, use this link.
https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/the-art-of-my-ancestors-as-my-artistic-foundation/

 

Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup
Saturday, April 22nd, we are breaking ground on our new garden space— join us as we celebrate springtime, build community, and honor our Mother Earth. Meet @ AIHFS at noon and we will walk together to Romanowksi Park. Please bring gloves, trash bags, shovel, garden hoe, or wheelbarrow if you can. We will be cleaning and prepping the garden beds, so be prepared to get dirty. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-3718 ext 1403.

 

 

Department Name Change
We wanted to send a big Miigwetch/Wado/Thank you to all who participated in the surveys and feedback over the last few months to help AIHFS decide a new name for one of our departments.  We got feedback from all of the staff at AIHFS, community advisory council, youth advisory council and took additional surveys at an event. Overall, over 75 people contributed to this process! The department that includes programs such as our healthy start, youth programs, physical activity, healthy foods initiatives and suicide prevention is now called “Community Wellness.”

 

Wayne State University VEOP
The Wayne State University Veteran’s Educational Opportunities Program is a Veteran’s Upward Bound project with the primary mission of providing instruction in study skills, grammar/literature, math, writing, foreign language, science, and basic computer skills necessary for success beyond high school.

 

 

Women Organize Michigan Summit
On April 23rd at Cobo Hall there will be a Women Organize Michigan Detroit Summit, which is focused on women and the economy. This event has an impressive lineup of speakers, organizational sponsors, and women owned business support. It’s important that women from all walks of life not only participate, but help to plan this event if they are interested. There are panels and workshops that could use you and AIHFS members’ ideas!
http://womenorganizemiorg.nationbuilder.com/women_organize_michigan_detroit

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

 

Announcements of April 6th

 

Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.

 

Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup
Saturday, April 22nd, we are breaking ground on our new garden space— join us as we celebrate springtime, build community, and honor our Mother Earth. Meet @ AIHFS at noon and we will walk together to Romanowksi Park. Please bring gloves, trash bags, shovel, garden hoe, or wheelbarrow if you can. We will be cleaning and prepping the garden beds, so be prepared to get dirty. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-3718 ext 1403.

 

Garden Planning Retreat
Saturday, May 6th, the traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718, if you want to become involved.

 

2017 Cooking Classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.

 

Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
AIHFS, in conjunction with Denver Public Health, University of Wisconsin, and Intertribal Council of Michigan, is pleased to offer a free 2-day training, “Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies Using Evidence-Based Brief Counseling.” Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, and Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions. MCBAP hours are being offered. To register, e-mail Aimee at acisler@aihfs.org.

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

Free Old Computers and Laptops (need work)
AIHFS is giving away some of our old computers and laptops. We have about 20 computers to give away. The computers are not going to include a monitor, hard drive or operating system. As is, they won’t turn on and boot into Windows. Please be aware they may also have a pre-existing problem(s) that needs repairing (malfunctioning fan for an example). We also have 5 laptops missing hard drives and operating systems. We will provide a power cord for all of the computers and the laptops, as well as a mouse & keyboard for workstation adopters. This equipment will be available while supplies last or till Thursday, April 13th. For more info, email Dustin at dsample@aihfs.org

 

 

 

Announcements of March 30th

WSU College Admissions Information
Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 12pm, at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, join representatives from the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies for a discussion on college admissions and financial aid.

 

2017 Cooking classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.

 

Women’s Society
The AIHFS Women’s Society begins it new time on April 6th. We will now meet from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at AIHFS. Come join us!

 

Free Childbirth Classes
Healthy Start is starting our spring series of Childbirth Classes at American Indian Health next week! Classes are Tuesday afternoons, 12-2pm, starting April 4 and running through May 9. Single and partnered parents of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, as are any support people they choose to bring. Both first time and experienced parents are welcome. Classes are free of cost, and Spanish interpretation is available.   Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Please register by contacting Healthy Start at 313-846-6030.

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

Garden Planning Retreat
The traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. Join them, Saturday, May 6th, if you want to become involved. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718.

 

Latest AIHFS Blog Posting
On Friday, March 10th, we travelled from AIHFS to hear internationally known poet, writer and performer Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke Creek Nation. For pictures and description of that night, click this link to our blog

 

Urban Native American Young Women
Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native young woman, age 18, 19, or 20? Do you live in an urban area? The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health is looking for those interested in health apps or online programs to participate in a survey. Click this sentence to access the survey link


Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.