Announcements of September 8th

World Suicide Prevention Day
Join us For World Suicide Prevention Day!
September 10th 4:00pm-7:00pm at AIHFS [4880 Lawndale, Detroit, 48210] We will be having BBQ, Traditional crafts, Visual Arts- pop up mural painting, Open Mic [special poetry sharing from Youth United & Awkward Theory will be performing!].  We will also be breaking down stigma through activities with Youth United.  Use our Hashtags for the event #WSPD2015 and #HealingHelpers
Hope & Wellness Screenings will be offered- youth ages 10-24 get a $20 giftcard for participating.  Under 18’s don’t forget to bring your parents to sign consents!
More Info/Questions- Contact Christy B. [cbieber@aihfs.org | 313-846-6030]
9-10-15 aihfs world suicide prevention day

AIHFS Closed for Training
Friday, September 11, AIHFS will be closed for training. We will resume our regular hours of operation on Monday, September 14.

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, September 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm, we will be having our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we are having a Community Advisory Council Appreciation Night with a traditional feast and gifting. Everyone is welcome! For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Traditional Dinner Event
Join us on Sept. 18th at 6pm for our Decolonizing Our Diet: Healing Our Bodies, Healing Ourselves event as we discuss wellness and native foods and enjoy a traditional dinner. Also, help AIHFS determine the direction of our new grant focusing on food sovereignty and healthy food access. For more information, contact Shiloh at (313) 846-6030 or smaples@aihfs.org
9-18-15 Traditional Dinner Event

Traditional Teachings
Saturday, September 19, 10am-4pm here at AIHFS we will have Liz Akiwenzie. She will be talking about building positive healthy relationships. For more info contact Chantel Henry at 313-846-3718.
Traditional Teachings

 

 

 

Announcements of August 18

 

Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling

Tomorrow, August 19th, we will be hosting a Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling Premiere from 6-8pm in the AIHFS Social Hall. This will give our youth who participated in the summer program an opportunity to share the digital stories they created. Please come and support them with your presence.
8-19-15 youth digital storytelling

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, August 20, 5:30-7:30pm, we will be having our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will have a representative from the Veteran’s Administration, Charles Lawrence. One of the talking points will be: Is the VA meeting the spiritual needs of Native Americans. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-6030.
8-20-15 CAC meeting

American Indian Diabetes Summit
August 29, at the Ford community & performing arts center will be an American Indian Diabetes Summit. Some of the workshop topics will be: diabetes management, nutrition and fitness information and preventing medical complications. For more info call AIHFS 313-846-3718.
8-29-15 diabetes summit

Native American Heritage Day
September 26, across from the Nankin Mills interpretive center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, Mi. from 1-5pm. Join AIHFS as we help celebrate the  75th anniversary of one of our partners, the North American Indian Association, with Native American singing, dancing, craft items and food for sale. The cost is free and should be a great family event.
9-26-15 Nankin mills pow wow

World Suicide Prevention Day
Join us For World Suicide Prevention Day!
September 10th 4:00pm-7:00pm at AIHFS [4880 Lawndale, Detroit, 48210]
We will be having BBQ, Traditional crafts, Visual Arts- pop up mural painting, Open Mic [special poetry sharing from Youth United & Awkward Theory will be performing!].  We will also be breaking down stigma through activities with Youth United.  Use our Hashtags for the event #WSPD2015 and #HealingHelpers
Hope & Wellness Screenings will be offered- youth ages 10-24 get a $20 giftcard for participating.  Under 18’s don’t forget to bring your parents to sign consents! More Info/Questions- Contact Christy B. [cbieber@aihfs.org | 313-846-6030]
9-10-15 aihfs world suicide prevention day

Traditional Dinner Event
Join us on Sept. 18th at 6pm for our Decolonizing Our Diet: Healing Our Bodies, Healing Ourselves event as we discuss wellness and native foods and enjoy a traditional dinner. Also, help AIHFS determine the direction of our new grant focusing on food sovereignty and healthy food access. For more information, contact Shiloh at (313) 846-6030 or smaples@aihfs.org
9-18-15 Traditional Dinner Event

Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarships
First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications for its First Nations Native Agriculture & Food System program that aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities. For more info including how to apply, use this link:  http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship

 

 

Announcements of August 7th

 

Breastfeeding Brunch
In honor of National Breastfeeding month, Healthy Start will be hosting a Breastfeeding Brunch on August 14 at 11am. All families are welcome. We will have a light brunch and activities for the whole family. You do not have to be breastfeeding to attend.
8-14-15 breastfeedingbrunch

 

AIHFS Fundraiser
This Saturday, August 15, 2015 if you dine any time between 10:30AM – 10:00PM at the Olga’s Kitchen in the Heights Shopping Center at 26308 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 a portion of your bill will be donated to AIHFS. You are required to bring a flyer (note: passing out of fliers at the event or parking lot is not allowed). Link to Flyer: Click here Link to fundraiser info : Click here


Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling
We will be hosting a Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling Premiere on Wednesday August 19th from 6-8pm in the AIHFS Social Hall. This will give our youth who participated in the summer program an opportunity to share the digital stories they created. Please come and support them with your presence.
8-19-15 youth digital storytelling


Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference
Registration is now open for this first annual faith based initiatives conference to be held August 19 & 20 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This year’s theme is Connecting Community, Spirituality & Wellness: Chasing Circumstances or Changing Conditions?  For more info click the following pdf. wellness beyond the walls

 

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference
October 23-25 will be the dates for the 11th annual conference. This year’s theme is We are one. Opened to spirit, hearts engaged, grounded in earth and acting for life. For more info, including the scheduled workshops, click the following pdf.Bioneers Detroit Conference

 

Winter Solstice
Save the date, December 21st, for our annual Winter Solstice Celebration which be at University of Michigan-Dearborn from 5-9pm!
SAVE THE DATE! Winter Solstice Flyer 2015

 

 

Announcements of July 15th

Community Advisory Council

Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30pm we will be holding our monthly meeting. AIHFS is currently searching for a new facility and we want your input! A new space will provide many opportunities and we would like for you to be a part of the discussion. Everyone is welcome.

7-16-15 Community Advisory Council

Unable to attend the meeting?
As an organization, AIHFS is looking to move to a new location. We have been growing for many years and our current space can no longer provide enough space for AIHFS events and services. We want your input about the move! Please use the link below to take a survey. This survey will provide us with insight into the needs of our clients and the greater community. Thank you!
Participants are entered into a raffle! Four winners will receive $25 gift cards and one will receive the grand prize of a Pendleton blanket!
If you have any further questions, you can contact lhiggins@aihfs.org for further information.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5M8FTGY

DMC Grant Press Release
American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS) received a grant of $50,650 from The DMC Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to expand the Healing Our Bodies, Healing Ourselves cooking classes and encourage healthier diets and lifestyles.
DMC Foundation Grant Press release

Talking Circle and Sweat Lodge
Friday, July 24, from 2-4pm we will have a Talking Circle followed up directly with a fire and sweat lodge preparations. We plan on entering the Lodge around 6pm. Tony Davis, LTBB of Odawa Indians, will be conducting both.
7-24-15 Comm Lodge and talking circle

The AIHFS Newsletter
Follow this link to the latest newsletter for articles about lead poisoning, the Dream Seekers, the clinic, diabetes, breastfeeding and much more! http://issuu.com/aihfs_d…/…/aihfs_july_2015_newsletter_final

Community Advisory Council Video
Check out our latest video which features some of the people that have regularly attended our meetings.


NAIA Gardening Class
Create an amazing container garden in one day! Register for this free class with MSU’s Alyce Hartman, a master gardener and all around gardening rock star! She has taught food and garden related courses for years, and even ran her own food-related nonprofit in California for 7 years. She now lives in Detroit and wants to teach us how to get the most out of an easy urban gardening method. Supplies are included with this FREE class. Class space is for registrants only. Please call NAIA to register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (313) 535-2966.

 

NAIA Summer Art Classes
Wednesdays in July at 1pm at the North American Indian Association(NAIA) there will be celebrations of art. Classes include: pottery, leatherwork, stamping, and more! To register contact NAIA at 313-535-2966

 

Announcements of July 6th

 

Baby Celebration
Healthy Start/Family Spirit is holding our annual Baby Celebration on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30-7:30. This is a fun event for the whole community including dinner, family-friendly activities, and raffle prizes, to celebrate all of the children and parents who have participated in Healthy Start/Family Spirit this year. Everyone is welcome!
Baby Celebration 2015 Flyer

Fresh Food Share
Fresh Food Share is an easy, low-cost way to get your fruits and veggies. Through Gleaner’s, the program sources produce and will deliver your order to AIHFS for you to pick-up. Fresh Food Share orders need to be in by close of business on Friday July 10thFor more info click this link.  

 

Teaching About Mexica Moondance
Friday, July 10, 7:15-9:pm, please help us welcome two ceremonial elders from Mexico, Abuela Jovita Embarcadero Constantino and Maria Elena Diaz Mariaca.  They will be joining us for a teaching to be held here at AIHFS about the Mexica Moondance Ceremony also called la Danza de la Luna. Refreshments will be provided. For more info please contact Sandra Gonzales at 313-938-6323.

 

Native Music: Spirits Rising @ The Concert of Colors July 11th
Spirits Rising is the new dynamic musical duo of Native American singers and songwriters Allison Radell (Powhatan) and Joe Reilly (Cherokee). Incorporating elements of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock, and traditional Native American music, Spirits Rising shares songs from the heart that inspire and uplift. Joe and Allison are thrilled to return to the Concert of Colors and will be joined by Marion Hayden (bass), Gayelynn Mckinney (drums), Mark Stone (percussion), Lesley-Anne Stone (vocals) and traditional Anishnaabe dancers. Saturday July 11th, 2pm, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. This is a free event. www.concertofcolors.com
Concert of Colors Poster

 

Mexica Moondance
Beginning Tuesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 19, in Clio, Michigan will be the Danza de la Luna 2015 (Mexica Moondance). Campsites are $10 a night which includes meals.
Mexica Moondance

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30pm we will be holding our monthly meeting. AIHFS is currently searching for a new facility and we want your input! A new space will provide many opportunities and we would like for you to be a part of the discussion. Everyone is welcome.

7-16-15 Community Advisory Council

Unable to attend the meeting?
As an organization, AIHFS is looking to move to a new location. We have been growing for many years and our current space can no longer provide enough space for AIHFS events and services. We want your input about the move! Please use the link below to take a survey. This survey will provide us with insight into the needs of our clients and the greater community. Thank you!
Participants are entered into a raffle! Four winners will receive $25 gift cards and one will receive the grand prize of a Pendleton blanket!
If you have any further questions, you can contact lhiggins@aihfs.org for further information.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5M8FTGY

 

Nutrition & Fitness Video
Eat a rainbow for health! Find out what this means by watching our latest nutrition and fitness video.

 

APHA Scholarship
October 31-November 4, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will have their annual meeting that addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.  In addition it provides numerous opportunities to learn about public health careers, research careers and to network with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian health professional role models and elders. For more info about the conference and scholarship, click this link to go to their website.

 

Interprofessional Team Home Visit Program
This program introduces Wayne State University’s medical, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and social work students to team care for older adults. If you are interested in having a team come to your home for a visit, see the description and application below.
Description Interprofessional Team Home Visit Programapplication Interprofessional team home visit program

 

New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Series
This experience highlights the history, culture and socio-economics of the following communities of color: African American, Arab, Asian, Chaldean, Latino and Native American. The series builds cultural competency and provides a foundation for strengthening cross cultural relationships. New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series is now in its’ 19th year.
Tuition: $1,000, plus $25 for the recognition ceremony.
DEADLINE for applications are due by Friday, July 31, 2015.
Apply for New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series HERE
The following video links from Channel 7 Action News highlight the orientation session held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue in Midtown, and the Chaldean session held at Shenandoah in West Bloomfield.
http://detroit2020.com/2013/10/15/new-detroit-series-closes-the-racial-ethnic-and-cultural-divide/
http://detroit2020.com/2013/10/16/new-detroit-multicultural-leadership-series-chaldean-community/

 

NAIA Summer Art Class
Wednesdays in July at the North American Indian Association there will be celebrations of art.
NAIA Summer Art Class 2015

 

 

Announcements of June 17th

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, the 18th, will be our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will have representatives from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Division of Environmental Health.
6-18-15 CAC meeting


Talking Circle for Men
Mondays, 11am-1pm, here at AIHFS we have Talking Circles for Men. These circles are facilitated by Gene Bereza.

Talking Circle for Men
Talking Circle for Men

Job Postings
Today we posted new positions for employment here at AIHFS. Click here to go to our website employment page for job descriptions and how to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in volunteering with AIHFS? The next volunteer orientation and HIPAA training will be on July 6th, 11am-1pm.  Please RSVP to Nickole Fox nfox@aihfs.org

Parent’s Guide to Home Firearm Safety
1 in 3 U.S. homes with children under 18 has a firearm. 3 in 4 children age 5 to 14 know where firearms are kept in their home. Easy access to firearms can lead  to tragic consequences.
6-5-15 firearm_safety_part 16-5-15 firearm_safety_part 2

Request for Information to Promote the Health Needs of the AI/AN LGBT Community
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is seeking broad public input as it begins efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Click this link to go to the federal register for more info and to submit a formal comment.