2019 Quarter 1 Newsletter
Native American Community Clinic
Boozhoo! Hau Mitakiyapi! Hello, my Relatives!
Welcome to the first edition of the Native American Community Clinic’s (NACC) newsletter. As the CEO of NACC, it is my great honor and privilege to work alongside an amazingly talented and dedicated team of individuals who collectively embody the mission of the organization: “Honoring Health and Tradition.”
In the last year, NACC has grown significantly in our programming in direct response to the challenges that our community faces around opioid use and other substance use disorders (OUD/SUD) and other behavioral health issues. In the last quarter, in partnership with the Red Lake Nation, NACC launched the Wiinodawe (“Reawakening the spirit, ReIndigenizing”) program – an intensive outpatient program that provide assistance to our relatives struggling with OUD/SUD in a culturally-responsive and harm reduction model. In the coming quarter, we will be expanding our current Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS) programming, and begin providing onsite medication administration. Donna LaChapelle, our Elder in Residence, has been providing traditional healing support services to our patients in the clinic since early Fall 2018. She works alongside the medical, dental and behavioral health teams to provide our relatives access to traditional medicines and healing supports that complement their healthcare. In the future, look forward to expanded cultural and traditional offerings at NACC.
We have also hired many new staff and providers in our clinic. The most recent new hires are featured in this newsletter. However, if you haven’t been in to see us for a while, come by and visit. We have a lot of new faces – all of them friendly and welcoming, and ready to provide you with quality healthcare!
As we continue to grow and expand our services, we want to hear from you about your experiences and how to improve. Please let us know your thoughts at your next visit and fill out a patient feedback form. We make the commitment to read each and every one. Your experiences at NACC are important to us, and we want to know how to better help you on your healing journey. Miigwech and Pidamaye (Thank you) for entrusting us to care for you and your relatives.
1st Quarter Events
NACC and the American Indian Cancer Foundation held an event in January in honor of Cervical Cancer awareness month. Paps and Pappy Hour refreshments were provided.
In March, NACC hosted a BLUE BASH in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness month. We provided colonoscopy referrals, fit tests, and held games of Bingo. We raised $175 for Powwow for Hope!
Mammogram Day – June 26th
Dental Kids Day – April 19th
NACC Open House – Friday, May 31st
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
If you are interested in donating or tabling, contact Chenoa, Mariah or Ashlee at 612-872-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Employment Opportunities
Licensed Dental Assistant
MAT RN Supervisor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to HR@nacc-healthcare.org
Welcoming our new NACCians!
Quarter 1 Highlights
MN Champion of the Year
Our Health Promotion team member, Chenoa Stout, was awarded the MN Champion of the Year for 2018 by the American Cancer Society, the MN Department of Health, and the Colon Cancer Coalition. Since coming on board, Chenoa has had a huge impact in improving NACC's colon cancer screening rates by increasing the number of patients being screened by roughly 5% over 9 months. In terms of quality improvement this 5% improvement is a substantial increase in care delivery to NACC patients! While colon cancer screening continues to be a difficult topic to broach with many patients, Chenoa does so with care and compassion recognized by patients and fellow NACC staff members alike! Congratulations Chenoa on your much deserved recognition!
Mind-Body-Medicine at NACC
NACC Therapist, Hannah Lussier, recently completed the Advanced Mind-Body-Medicine training with the Center for Mind Body Medicine at the end of January. This training included 32 hours of practice leading mind-body skills group with faculty supervision combined with analysis of clinical and educational issues in using a mind-body approach. After completion of the professional and advanced trainings, Hanna is now able to pursue certification! Becoming certified entails facilitating two 8-week mind-bodymedicine groups under the supervision from the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Additional aspects of certification involve independent study, including a review of mind-body medicine literature.
What is it?
Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions between the mind and the body, and enables individuals to participate in their own healing and health. Thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can affect and shape every aspect of our biological functioning. How we care for our bodies affects how we think and feel. Mind-Body medicine teaches skills, techniques, and practices that we can use to improve our overall well-being.
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