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.


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:


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.



Announcements of June 29th


Baby Celebration
Join us for our annual Baby Celebration on Wednesday, June 29th, from 5-7pm. 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. This year we will also be featuring music by Joe Reilly. Everyone is welcome!
6-29-16 baby celebration

Holiday Closure
AIHFS will be closed Monday, July 4th, for the holiday. All regular business will resume the following day.

Garden Work Days
We need garden helpers as much as our garden needs sun and water. Join us for some garden work and fun learning activities for the whole family. Our next garden work day is Saturday, July 9th, 10am-12pm. For more info, ask Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-6030.
aihfs garden work days 2016

Men’s Society Kick-off
Saturday, July 9th, from 1-4pm, we will have a chillin and grillin BBQ to kick-off the new beginnings for the Men’s Society, which was formally known as Men’s Talking Circle. Join us for food, fun and friendship. For more info, contact Keith Dayson at 313-846-6030.
Men's society kick off bbq 2016

Women’s Sweat Lodge
AIHFS will be hosting a Women’s Sweat Lodge the week of July 10th.  Women and young ladies welcome to join us for teachings and a lodge.  Please come early to help with preparations.  Bring a small dish to share if you can.  Please bring tobacco, shakers and sweat lodge attire-long cotton skirts or robe, towel.  No metal.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Keith Dayson at (313)846-3718
Women's Lodge with Bea Jackson Flyer July 2016

Healthy Selfie
Our AIHFS staff participated in the Healthy Selfie Contest. Here are the pictures of them participating in healthy activities. As a part of our Community we would like your help in choosing the best Healthy Selfie. Please take the time and click the survey link to help vote for the best Healthy Selfie. The survey will close July 8, 2016 so please cast your vote as soon as possible.


Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities
Save the date, September 21-24, 2017, the Spirit of EAGLES is having another National Conference! The American Indian / Alaska Native populations have very high incidence rates for specific cancer sites and poor survival rates for most cancers. The AI/AN Leadership Initiative on Cancer addresses comprehensive tribal cancer control.
Spirit of EAGLES 2017 National Conference

Are you interested in QPR Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid Training opportunities? There will be trainings offered at the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Lincoln Behavioral Services, and The Guidance Center. For more info use this link.


Action Lab
Applications are still open for next year’s cohort of the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), which will begin in September 2016 and meet through May/June 2017. The DEAL is a combination of a learning community, a support network, and an action lab made up of folks and organizations from Metro Detroit who are working for racial equity.
They meet approximately 1 full day a month (and continue to work in between sessions, and beyond the fellowship year) to learn, network, and plan for action together.
They are accepting applications through June 30. The attached handout and the link below give more information, as well as a link to the online application:
Diversity on many levels is important for success– needed are perspectives from all races and ethnicities, types of work, ages, and organizational perspectives. It is especially important to have strong involvement from the Indigenous community– Indigenous people and perspectives are often left out of discussions about racism and social justice, and they are needed to bring the strengths of the Native community to bear on these important issues.
Please share this info with folks you think need to be here to help continue building a strong network of support for racial equity in Detroit and beyond!
Anyone who is interested in applying but hasn’t finished the application or has questions, please let us know by filling out the quick form here:



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 for further information.

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!…/…/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