Announcements of August 10th

Vote for Sacred Roots
AIHFS’ Sacred Roots has been nominated for a Food Power Award through the Detroit Food Policy Council. Each year the Detroit Food Policy Council hosts the Food Power Awards to celebrate those doing powerful work to build a sustainable and just local food system in Detroit. If you’d like to vote for them, use the following link.

https://form.responster.com/8d5GdD?mc_cid=ede6061e7a&mc_eid=646a05cfd4

 

Women’s Society
On August 16th! ILEAD  & Sarah Dayson have invited Women’s Society to participate in a  beading workshop in the social hall of AIHFS, 5-7pm. Please note the workshop starts a bit earlier than the usual time. Come get your bead on!

 

Beading Workshop
On Thursday, August 16th from 5pm-7pm, AIHFS is hosting a beading workshop with Sarah Dayson. All are welcome to attend, whether it’s your first time or if you are looking to improve your skills! If you have questions, call Casey or Teia at 313-846-3718.

 

Healthy Start/Early Head Start End of Year Baby Celebration
Join Healthy Start and Early Head Start for a special playgroup celebrating the babies, toddlers, and parents in our community! All families who have participated in either program in the past year are invited to attend on Friday, August 17  from 11am-1:30pm.  We will have a picnic, outdoor playtime, and more!  For more information please contact the Healthy Start or Early Head Start office, at 313-846-3718

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 25th, public welcome from 11am to 4pm, at our annual pow wow and health fair! We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as food available for purchase.  The grand entry of dancers will begin at noon! This is a free event and we are recommending you bring your lawn chairs so you’ll be able to watch all the dancing in comfort. Our pow wow will be at Romanowski Park, 4551 Lonyo Ave., Detroit, which is right around the corner from our agency. We are open to all dancers. We will also have a Wellness Walk around Romanowski Park at 10:30am. Wellness Walk participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration for the walk begins at 10am. For pow wow vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org  This is a drug and alcohol free event. For general information please call Shelly at 313-846-3718. We also have opportunity to help as a volunteer, for more info ask for Bridie at the same ph. number.
Here is the link to our facebook event for the pow wow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1799165657057326/

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
September 6th, here at AIHFS, Sacred Bundle is offering a free training designed to teach parents, family members, human services workers and others, how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or is in crisis. Please let us know if you are attending, LLockhart@aihfs.org or bdavis@aihfs.org  or ph. 313-846-3718.

 

Wellness Retreat
Sacred Roots and Sacred Bundle will be hosting a Wellness Retreat on September 14-16. We welcome anyone 14 and up to attend. Registration is required. Please contact Rosebud or Shiloh to register or if you have questions. rschneider@aihfs.org or smaples@aihfs.org.

 

Michigan Kinship Care Conference
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging along with its partners, Bridging Generations and Franklin Wright Settlements will host a Statewide Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference Friday, September 14, 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. Attendance is FREE for grandparents and kinship relatives.

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Announcements of July 25th

NCUIH Youth Advisory Council
Congratulations to community member, and AIHFS Dream Seeker graduate, Adon Vazquez, on being selected for the National Council of Urban Indian Health’s (NCUIH) Youth Advisory Council. As part of this council he will be advancing youth suicide prevention, substance misuse awareness, and mental health challenges faced by urban American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults. For more info, including youth advisory council biographies, see the press release at this link: https://mailchi.mp/ncuih/ncuih-announces-inaugural-youth-advisory-council

 

Fatherhood Celebration and Playgroup this Friday!
Healthy Start and Early Head Start are hosting a special playgroup encouraging more of our dad’s to come this Friday, July 27th, 2018 from 11:00-1:30 p.m.  We will be providing some lunch and a CPR Presentation by the Detroit Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.  All parents and caregivers are welcome to come and bring their young children to play and learn.

 

Resume Writing Workshop
Join AIHFS in a free resume building workshop on July 30th from 5pm-7pm! Casey Brant and Carmen Malis King can help you build a strong and effective resume. This interactive workshop will focus on tools and tips for job searching!

 

Ribbon Skirt Workshop
On August 4th, we’ll be hosting a Ribbon Skirt Workshop at AIHFS. All are welcome to participate in the workshop, though we’re mostly looking to engage young women ages 14-24. We’re also looking for volunteers/mentors to help guide our newer crafters along their journey of sewing! Please call Casey or Teia at 313-846-3718 x 1406 to volunteer or register!

 

Sundance Native American Shorts Program
August 2nd, 7:30pm, at Cinema Detroit, 4126 3rd Ave., Detroit, MI there will be a screening of short films by Native American filmmakers, plus a Q & A with Shaandiin Tome (Dine’), the writer and director of Mud (Hashtl’ishnii). Click on image below for film descriptions. RSVP for event at this link: https://nativeshortsprogramdetroit.splashthat.com/

National Native Health Research Training Conference
August 8th-10th, at the Mystic Lake Center, Prior, MN join this discussion on the state of Native health and health care research. Tracks include: traditional medicine, behavioral health, traditional ecological knowledge, biomedical and health systems research.

Announcements of July 12th

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, July 19th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, everyone is welcome to attend a community discussion here at AIHFS on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) led by Michelle Schulte of Inter-Tribal Council of Mi. Don’t forget, the first 20 people get a $10 gift card and will be eligible for a $50 gift card to be raffled off that night.

 

Family Olympics
The Michigan Indian Family Olympics will take place on Friday July 20th, 2018 at Central Michigan University’s Bennett Track and Field in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Olympics brings together native people from all over the state for a day filled with fun, community, and health and wellness. Join our Detroit team! Transportation will be provided along with an AIHFS team t-shirt! Please email tmcgahey@aihfs.org to reserve your spot TODAY! Here is the pdf 2-sided flier:
MI Indian Family Olympics

 

American Indian and Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Mortality
Here are links to 2 great articles shedding some light on AI/AN maternal and infant mortality. The Healthy Start program here at AIHFS is also a part these articles!

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/news/2018/07/09/451344/american-indian-alaska-native-maternal-infant-mortality-challenges-opportunities/

https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/09/amid-staggering-maternal-infant-mortality-rates-native-communities-revive-traditional-concepts-support/

 

Rumble
Sunday, July 15th, at the Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, as part of the concert of colors there will be a free viewing of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. This documentary brings to light the influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Charley Patton. For more info, use this link to the DIA website

https://www.dia.org/events/rumble-indians-who-rocked-world-4

 

Ribbon Skirt Workshop
On August 4th, we’ll be hosting a Ribbon Skirt Workshop at AIHFS. All are welcome to participate in the workshop, though we’re mostly looking to engage young women ages 14-24. We’re also looking for volunteers/mentors to help guide our newer crafters along their journey of sewing! Please call Casey or Teia at 313-846-3718 x 1406 to volunteer or register!

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 25th, 12pm to 4pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as food available for purchase.  The pow wow will be open to the public beginning at 11am. This is a free event and we are recommending you bring your lawn chairs so you’ll be able to watch all the dancing in comfort. This year’s pow wow will be at Romanowski Park which is right around the corner from our agency. We are open to all dancers. We will also have a Wellness Walk around Romanowski Park at 10:30am. Registration for the walk begins at 10am. For pow wow vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org  This is a drug and alcohol free event. For general information please call Shelly at 313-846-3718.

 

Announcements of June 29th

Holiday Closure
AIHFS will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence day. This also means there will not be Wellbriety, Women’s Society, or Men’s Society that day. We will resume all regular business the following day, Thursday, July 5th. Please plan accordingly.

 

AIHFS Newsletter
Our quarterly newsletter for the period July through September is now available! Check it out to see articles from our CEO, Heathy Start & Early Head Start, American Cancer Society, Behavioral Health, Suicide Prevention, Youth Programs and the Community Advisory Council. Here is the online version:

Or, if you would rather download the pdf (5MB), click on this link:
July – Sept 2018 Newsletter

 

Suicide Prevention
True or False, in the U.S. more people die each year from suicide than homicide? Find the answer to this question and more below!

 

Sacred Roots Garden Work
Join Sacred Roots every week for garden fun at their new space at Romanowski park. They meet Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm, and Wednesdays from 4pm -6pm. For more info ask Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718.

 

Family Olympics
The Michigan Indian Family Olympics will take place on Friday July 20th, 2018 at Central Michigan University’s Bennett Track and Field in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Olympics brings together native people from all over the state for a day filled with fun, community, and health and wellness. Join our Detroit team! Transportation will be provided along with an AIHFS team t-shirt! Please email tmcgahey@aihfs.org to reserve your spot TODAY!

 

Wellness Beyond The Walls
The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) is hosting its 4th Annual Faith Based Initiatives Conference and would like you and/or your organization to participate.  Here is the flyer and link to register for the  4th Annual Inter-Faith Based Initiatives Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference:  Connecting Community, Spirituality & Wellness: Chasing Circumstances or Changing Conditions to be held Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 8:00am-4pm at Burton Manor, 27775 Schoolcraft, Livonia 48150.

 

Marijuana Town Hall Meetings
Come learn the facts about marijuana. The DWMHA is sponsoring a series of community town hall meetings Monday, July 16th through Wednesday, July 18th.

Announcements of June 21st

Paid Apprenticeship Opportunity
The AIHFS I-LEAD team has summer apprenticeship opportunities available to native young adults ages 14-24. These apprenticeships seek to provide opportunities for professional development, cultural connection, the exploration of identity, the finding of purpose, and developing clarity around one’s path in life. They will also help build leadership skills and a sense of comradery among other program participants through weekly team meetings. This program is intended to provide skills so that our people become more empowered to follow their paths while using their unique passions and gifts. . For more info, use this link to our employment webpage.

http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

Peer Mentor Positions
The AIHFS I-LEAD team has two positions available for native young adults to serve as mentors to our community. Our peer mentors will support other youth in the community in regards to employment, education, cultural connection, and leadership development. The peer mentors will assist with workshops, conduct one-on-one visits with other youth, and serve as an integral part of the implementation team. They will work directly with staff to assist with activities such as outreach/awareness, community events, partnership building, trainings, and data entry. For more info, use this link to our employment webpage.

http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

 

Tribe to Tribe Miles Challenge
May 21, 2018 through July 15, 2018 AIHFS will be competing against other tribes in Michigan for the most steps and minutes of exercise per day. If you are interested in joining our team, you can register HERE. Please contact Ashley at amccullough@aihfs.org with any questions! Please see below for additional resources regarding registration and site use:

Additional support links:

https://www.challengerunner.com/Support/Trackers

http://www.challengerunner.com/docs/ChallengeRunner-User-Quick-Start-Guide.pdf

 

 

Free Lunch & Learn
June 28th, 12 – 1pm, at Sacred Heart Church, 1000 Elliot st, Detroit. The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors is sponsoring a community environmental health chat. RSVP to attend. Please contact Brian Smith, 313-577-5045.

 

Michigan Indian Family Olympics
The Michigan Indian Family Olympics will take place on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at Central Michigan University’s Bennett Track and Field in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Olympics brings together native people from all over the state for a day filled with fun, community, and health and wellness. Join our Detroit team! Transportation will be provided along with an AIHFS team t-shirt! Please email tmcgahey@aihfs.org to reserve your spot TODAY! The click this 2-sided pdf to see the flier.
MI Indian Family Olympics

 

Recovery Training Institute
The recovery training institute curriculum has been designed to prepare the paraprofessional workforce with the trainings needed to become a state (Michigan) approved Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM). This training starts July 2nd. For more info  see this pdf
Recovery Training Institute 4
and this website: http://www.recovery4detroit.com/?menu=rti

 

Community Advisory Council
July 19th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, everyone is welcome to attend a community discussion here at AIHFS on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) led by Michelle Schulte of Inter-Tribal Council of Mi.

 

Healthy Michigan Plan Evaluation
Are you a Michigan resident age 19 – 64 with low income and no health insurance/medical insurance? If so you may be eligible for a $25 gift card.

 

 

Announcements of June 8th

Digital Storytelling Workshop
June 8th through the 10th, the Sacred Bundle invites you to share your Hope and Wellness story. We are looking for 10 individuals that would like to learn the digital story process and come away with a beautiful product of their own to share with our community. Join us Friday June 8th, 6-8pm for the kick off to what is sure to be a therapeutic weekend full of listening, learning and sharing. Space in the workshop is limited, please contact Lauren to register at (313)846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, June 9th, we are 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 4pm. We will go in around 6pm. 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, 313-846-3718.

 

Job Posting
American Indian Health and Family Services is looking for someone to join our Early Head Start Home visiting team!  Please share with anyone who might be interested! How to apply: email a cover letter (include the position you are applying for and a summary of your skills and qualifications for position), minimum salary requirement, resume and a list of three professional references with contact information to hr@aihfs.org
Home Visitor Job Description

 

Youth Program CD Available
The Dream Seekers CD, Greatest Dreams, is available as a download from the website cdbaby. Please use this link:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dreamseekers#.Wxbw1KEmTO0.facebook

 

Well Woman Exam Webinar
June 11th at 1:30pm CST sponsored by the American Indian Cancer Foundation. This 15-minute webinar entitled De-mystifying the Well Woman Exam: What are you doing down there?! will be hosted by Dr. Amanda Bruegl. Dr. Bruegl (Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee) is a Gynecologic Oncologist at the Oregon Health and Science University. The audience for this webinar is community members, patients, and anyone who would benefit from learning about how to talk to patients about a Well Woman Visit.

Please RSVP HERE to attend the webinar.

 

Substance Use Disorder Conference
The registration link is now available for the Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference on July 19th!  This is the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority’s Faith Based Community committee that coordinates this event.  It’s always a good one each year. We encourage our community members to attend. This also includes Continuing Education for those who need to get those hours in.  This conference is FREE and includes lunch! Use the following link to register.

https://www.dwctraining.com/2018-7-19-Fourth-Annual-Faith-Based-Substance-Use-.id.2980.htm

 

Announcements of May 31st

Dream Seekers Summer Day Camp Registration Open House
Wednesday June 6th, 2018, 5-7pm at AIHFS. Parents and guardians must attend the registration open house to register their youth for summer programs. Summer programs will include cultural activities, trips, traditional teachings, games, crafts, and more!
Camp Schedule is 10am-3pm. Ages 12-17: July 9th-12th, ages 8-11: July 16th-19th, ages 8-17: July 23rd-26th, ages 5-7: August 20th-23rd.
Call Martha or Joe for more information, 313-846-3718 or text them at 313-402-5033

 

Thursday Farm Stand
Beginning June 7th, the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 3pm to 5pm, we will have Eastern Market’s farm stand where you can purchase fresh, locally grown food using cash, credit/debit, WIC, Bridge Card, Double-Up Food Bucks, Project Fresh, or Senior Fresh coupons. For more info contact Sacred Roots at 313-846-3718.

 

Digital Storytelling Workshop
June 8th through the 10th, the Sacred Bundle invites you to share your Hope and Wellness story. We are looking for 10 individuals that would like to learn the digital story process and come away with a beautiful product of their own to share with our community. Join us Friday June 8th, 6-8pm for the kick off to what is sure to be a therapeutic weekend full of listening, learning and sharing. Space in the workshop is limited, please contact Lauren to register at (313)846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, June 9th, we are 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 4pm. We will go in around 6pm. 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, 313-846-3718.

 

AIHFS Receives CDC Wellness Grant
American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) has received a 3-year grant from the Center for Disease Control to fund a project to identify and implement cultural wellness practices. The Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country grant will support traditional practices that build connections to community, family, and culture—which have been shown to reduce risk for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. For more info, here is the full press release.

 

Bottle Drive
The Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. Group at AIHFS is currently collecting donations of cans and bottles. The group is trying to raise funds to recruit new members as well as for traveling expenses to different Native conferences throughout the year. If you have cans and/or bottles that you would like to donate, please contact Elizabeth Kincaid at ekincaid@aihfs.org or Bridie Johnson at bjohnson@aihfs.org

 

Men’s Health Community Dialogue
Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30am to 2:30pm, at Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, be part of a listening session sponsored by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. This is one of many being held across the country.