A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T HE OKL AHOMA CIT Y INDIAN CLINIC
Progressive Concepts in Urban Indian Health & Wellness
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making a charitable contribution or gift please con-
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to continue its mission to be the national model for
American Indian healthcare by providing accessible,
comprehensive health and social services in an urban
Thank you for considering us your "charity of choice."
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Robyn Sunday-Allen Day . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Robyn Sunday-Allen CEO . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Completing the Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Lysa Ross COO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Tulsa Urban Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CAITLINB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
IHS Director Visits Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 A Healthier Smile, A Healthier You . . . . . 35
Support and Knowledge for Youth . . . . . . 7 Urban Beat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Motivational Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Day . . . . . . . 9 WIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Clinic Registration Process . . . . . . . . . . 10 Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Historical Trauma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Empowering Ourselves . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Retired With Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Patient Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Home Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Children's Fitness Programs . . . . . . . . . 43
Health Care Cyber Security . . . . . . . . . . 17 GPRA/Performance Measures . . . . . . . . 44
Native Community Fellowship . . . . . . . . 20 Elizabeth Brooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
H1N1 vs Seasonal Influenza . . . . . . . . . 21 Debbie Roundtree/Vicki Jemison . . . . . . 46
5th Annual Contest POW WOW . . . . . . . 23 Protecting Our Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
5th Annual Red Feather Gala . . . . . . . . . 27 Darryl Tonemah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
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As the New Year is upon us, and the year 2009 has come to a close, I would like to take the oppor-
tunity to say “thank you” for choosing the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic for your healthcare needs. At
the Clinic, we realize that you have other options in which you could choose to seek your healthcare.
We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us.
From our patient satisfaction surveys, we have learned that a large percent of our patients come
to this Clinic because they choose to be here among other American Indian people, instead of on the
outside at a private facility. Counting you among our patients is something for which we are especially
grateful. We sincerely want to be your first choice for all your ambulatory healthcare needs.
Often, I have heard from patients, saying they have placed their trust in our physicians and nurses that they have come to know and
to count on over the years. I frequently hear compliments regarding our Wellness Center and our efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle
through physical activity. Young mothers with small children tell me that they really do appreciate our WIC (Women, Infants and
Children) Program and the services that we are providing with that outreach. So many people were thankful for the great job our public
health nurses did with the flu shots this year. The list can go on and on, so many of the families are grateful for our family counseling
services, our breast care program, our pharmacy, for the BRAID (Being Responsible American Indians with Diabetes) Team, and for
TURTLE (Teaching Urbans Roads To Lifestyle and Exercise) Camps.
More than ever in 2010, we are committed to the mission of the Clinic to be the national model for American Indian healthcare by
providing accessible, comprehensive health and social services in an urban medical center. May health, happiness and good times greet
you each day of the new year! We appreciate your loyal support to our Clinic.
THANk YOu fOR
BEINg OuR PATIENT
Lysa Ross Chief
I am honored to be writing my first article to you as the Chief Operating Officer of the Oklahoma
City Indian Clinic. I would like to share with you some of the exciting changes and transformations
that have been taking place at the Clinic.
The Clinic has more than 15,000 registered patients and each month more than 100 patients are
added as newly registered patients. This wonderful growth has lead to the need for more space to
accommodate additional doctors. Also, the Clinic is continually striving to expand and improve ser-
vices that will improve patient care. A plan is being formulated to help meet the future expansion goals.
Updates will be published in this magazine as they occur.
Until a permanent solution is found, some of the services offered by the Clinic can be found at locations other than the main facility
at 4913 West Reno. The Wellness Center, formerly at 210 Quadrum Drive, moved to a larger facility in September 2009. It is now in
the building immediately to the east of the Clinic (4901 West Reno) in suite 850. Next to the Wellness Center, in suite 800, is the Public
The Women Infant and Children (WIC) program moved to the location vacated by the Wellness Center in September 2009. WIC
services can be found at 210 Quadrum Drive, which is about one mile east of the Clinic on Reno. Preparations are almost complete for
the expanded Behavioral Health department in the building next door to the Clinic. The Behavioral Health department will move into a
larger space (suite 750) at 4901 West Reno in January 2010.
Whew! I hope that helps explain where to find various services the Clinic offers. Services not mentioned above can still be found by
coming to the main building at 4913 West Reno. Because Clinic services span more than one location, the registration process has recently
been changed to allow patients to check-in at the location of the department they are visiting. Look for detailed information about the
new process in this edition of American Indian HORIZONS.
Board of Directors
Everett Rhoades, MD (Kiowa)
"I am fortunate to be associated with the best Clinic in Indian
Country, the best Board in Indian Country and I can see the
many benefits to Indian people whose only source of health
care is our Clinic."
~Dr. Everett Rhoades
Mary Ann Brittan (Choctaw)
Board Vice President
"I am privileged to be the daughter of Corinne Yvonne
Halfmoon who was one of the founders of the Oklahoma City
Indian Clinic. She served on the board for many years and was
an outstanding advocate for her Indian brothers and sisters in
Oklahoma City. I am grateful for her legacy and it guides me
as I hope to continue the dedicated work she and her visionary
contemporaries set in motion for the advancement of the work
of the Clinic and for excellent services for our patients."
~Mary Ann Brittan
Carolyn Maxwell (Kiowa/Choctaw/Caddo)
"I want to be a part of this dedication to give the best health
care possible to the Indian community here in Oklahoma City.
I want to see our Clinic grow and provide the quality of health
care equaled by none!" ~Carolyn Maxwell
Dave Thomas (Cherokee)
"Serving on the Board offers me the opportunity to do what
I can toward improving health care needs of urban American
Indians in central Oklahoma." ~Dave Thomas
Brian Gabbard (Chickasaw)
"I'm passionate about the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic because
I believe that good health and health care is a key to great qual-
ity of life. And, I believe that the Clinic makes this possible
for many people who could not otherwise get access to good
health care and they do it in a way that is culturally sensitive."
Sean Ludlow, LPN/RN, DO (Choctaw)
"My heart is with the Indian people. I want to see the best
health care given to the people I love and I am making myself
available to assist in this process." ~Sean Ludlow
Visits the Oklahoma
City Indian Clinic
Dr. Everett Rhoades, Bernadine Rhoades, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux
On Friday, August 21, 2009 Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), paid a visit to the
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. Upon confirmation of her appointment on May 6, 2009, she became the first woman to serve as director
of the IHS in its 54-year history. As the director, Dr. Roubideaux administers a $4.3 billion national health care delivery program. The
Obama administration has announced a 13 percent increase in the IHS budget.
The IHS is responsible for providing preventive, curative, and community health care to approximately 1.9 million American Indian
and Alaska Natives in hospitals, clinics, and other settings throughout the United States.
Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative
Support and Knowledge for Youth (SKY)
By Kathy Shelton, MSW, LADC, u/s
The Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative is a nationally-coordinated program focusing on providing much needed funding for
methamphetamine and suicide prevention and treatment in Indian Country. This initiative promotes the development of evidenced based
and practice based models that represent culturally appropriate treatment approaches from a community driven context. With studies
consistently showing high rates of substance usage and suicide among American Indians, this is a great opportunity to reach our youth.
The Behavioral Health Department of Oklahoma City Indian Clinic will be administering this prevention initiative, to be known as
SKY (Support and Knowledge for Youth). Kathy Shelton, MSW, LADC, u/s Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative Program Coordina-
tor will be working with SKY. The goal will be to work closely with the Clinic staff to identify ‘at risk’ youth between 6-21 years of age.
Behavioral Health staff will provide prevention, education and support services for those youth and their families needing services. The
services will include assessments, screenings, counseling, referrals, and crisis intervention along with a focus on prevention and education
for both youth and families.
Along with the Clinic, SKY will provide services through other youth focused events and programs such as TURTLE Camp, Project
POWER, WIC, Children’s Health Fair and other opportunities in the Indian community.
One of the main areas of focus for this initiative will be in educating families on the role they play in the life and health of their youth.
Providing services such as educational materials, community speakers, workshops and support are part of the goals and plan for this initia-
tive. The phrase "parents are the anti-drug" is powerful and we hope to incorporate and support this idea. The Clinic Behavioral Health
Department will be actively partnering with youth and their families in prevention and treatment in substance abuse and mental health.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 948-4900 ext. 110
By Rita Wright-Burkhalter, RN, MPH
At the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, VIP means “Volunteering for Indian People” and it is the official volunteer program that we
use. A new challenge for the Community Development Department that I oversee is to revitalize the VIP program and make it bigger
and stronger than it has ever been before. Volunteering is a win-win for both the Clinic and the volunteer. Volunteering is an important
part of the American way of life.
Volunteering at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic can give you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Many times,
volunteering is a great way to give back or support a cause that you believe in, when you cannot afford to donate money, you can donate
your time instead. Volunteers that I have worked with here at the Clinic tell me, “It feels good to volunteer my time.”
You may be thinking that you have nothing to offer or that it would be impossible for you to “make a difference” in the things that go
on here at the Clinic. WRONG! WRONG AGAIN! We have all sorts of areas that you could fit right in, and make a huge difference. A
small amount of your compassion and attention can make a world of difference. We are heavily recruiting a few good volunteers who can
make this Clinic a healthier, happier, safer community for us all to be in.
Two things you should look for before volunteering for a charity like the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic would be the financial health
of the charity and the outcomes or accomplishments of the charity. We are impeccable on both counts. Our Clinic has been in business
for over 35 years, and continues to grow each year. We have evolved from an all volunteer organization back in 1972 to a major leader in
Indian healthcare with our 107 full time staff members. We have a patient population of over 15,000 patients representing 220 federally
recognized tribes. Our financial audits are available each year in our annual reports. Each quarter, the HORIZONS publication is full of
our current accomplishments. We have an impressive web site that will tell you of other programs and services that we provide.
If you would be interested in becoming a VIP for the Clinic, please contact myself or Steve Barse. 405-570-8332 email@example.com or
Top 10 reasons to volunteer at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
• Feel good about yourself
• “Give back” to Indian people
• Meet new people
• We need YOU
• Make a difference in someone’s life
• Learn what it is really like to put on a POW WOW
• Use your God given talents
• Be a mover and shaker
• Help someone less fortunate than yourself
• Be called a VIP
Mayor Mick Cornett Proclaims
August 19, 2009 as
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Day
Oklahoma City’s Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed August 19, 2009 as Oklahoma City
Indian Clinic Day in honor of all the work being done at the Clinic by the just over 100 staff
members. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Councilman Larry McAtee were in
attendance to make the presentation to CEO Robyn Sunday-Allen on behalf of her staff.
The Clinic serves more than 15,000 patients which represent more than 220 federally
recognized tribes. The Clinic was incorporated in 1974 and holds a 35 year track record of
Councilman McAtee presented the providing ambulatory health care to the American Indians of central Oklahoma. The Clinic is a
proclamation to the Clinic. non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation.
WHEREAS, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 with the sole
purpose of serving the healthcare needs of Native Americans in central Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, the mission of Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is to promote and elevate
the health status of American Indian people to its highest possible level; and
WHEREAS, the Corinne Y. Halfmoon Medical Facility opened in 1995 at
4913 West Reno in Oklahoma City, employs more than 100 staff members and provides
medical care and health and wellness education to over 15,000 patients; and
WHEREAS, the Clinic's patients have access to a wide range of services, including
medical, prenatal, dental, pharmacy, optometry, x-ray, ultrasound, lab, mammography and
family behavioral and substance abuse counseling and treatment; and
WHEREAS, through these services patients learn to take charge of their own
health~making the right choices each day for living healthy lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICK CORNETT, Mayor of the City of Oklahoma
CDR Robbin Williams, Public Affairs City, do hereby proclaim August 19, 2009 as "OKLAHOMA CITY INDIAN CLINIC DAY"
Liaison for Oklahoma City Area IHS in Oklahoma City.
attends the celebration.
CLINIC STAFF CELEBRATE OKLAHOMA CITY INDIAN CLINIC DAY
Clinic Registration Process
Becomes More "Patient Friendly"
By Rita Wright-Burkhalter, RN, MPH
A progressive change has occurred at the Clinic for patients who are coming to check-in for their appointments.
For years and years at the Clinic, it has been the practice for all patients to check-in at the central location in the
Due to the Clinic becoming so large and spread out in several buildings, a change was made to make the check-
in process more customer friendly. All patients who are checking-in for medical services should still go to the main
desk at the central location in the Clinic lobby. Patients who are checking-in for Dental, Public Health, Behavioral
Health, WIC and Optometry should go directly to the front desk in each of these departments in order to check-in
for an appointment.
This is an attempt to make the check-in process a little easier for everyone. The waiting time should be less, and
patients will be spread out in the various waiting areas, instead of all being in one big waiting area. “As the Clinic
becomes larger and larger, this is one of the plans that we have put into effect to streamline our efforts to improve
customer service. We are constantly trying to improve methods that will make things more “patient-friendly” and
conducive to patient wellness,” states Clinic COO, Lysa Ross.
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Impact of Historical Trauma
By Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD of a loved one, or any kind of loss. Especially critical is when the
Indian Country Child Trauma Center traumatic conditions have created changes in the cultural, commu-
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center nity and the family connections.
These are many of the adversities that all populations have
The term "historical trauma" was coined by Maria Brave faced in some degree; however when an entire civilization was un-
Heart Yellow Horse (Lakota) to explain the effects of what Amer- dermined as the AI/NA Nations were, it destroys the capacity to
ican Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are experiencing today regroup or rebuild in a healthy and meaningful way. When con-
and what was experienced in prior generations by exposure to stant assaults are being delivered as communities try to regroup or
adverse and devastating events and conditions. This becomes a rebuild, then the capacity is diminished even more. This can be
legacy for AI/AN people as they faced numerous kinds of social, illustrated by what has happened to stricken neighborhoods in and
political, economic and psychological assaults. Historical trauma around New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated
can best be understood as an individual and group response to con- the areas.
ditions that are life threatening and to conditions which remain a Therefore, a broader perception of historical trauma affecting
constant concern. The response is similar to how the surviving Jew- AI/AN people needs to take into account the cultural and inter-
ish people reacted toward the Holocaust; how many people reacted generational trauma that has accumulated in AI/AN communi-
after surviving Hurricane Katrina; the intense sense of danger ex- ties through centuries of exposure to racism, warfare, oppression,
perienced each tornado season for those affected by the Oklahoma displacement, violence and catastrophic diseases. The cumulative
May 3, 1999 tornado; or the response by many survivors after the trauma can be broken into various aspects of traumatic conditions
Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing in 1995. With the ex- that have been a constant grind on the AI/AN people.
ception of the Holocaust, the other events were single occurrences;
however the repercussions felt by many individuals have on-going Cultural trauma is considered an
effects even after the danger has passed. For example, many people attack on the fabric of a society,
had recurring difficulties, i. e., sleep disorders, depression, anxiety,
affecting the essence of the community
substance abuse, or difficulty with intimacy and relationships. Cur-
rently, many returning war torn military personnel are also experi-
and it's members. Attacks on AI/AN
encing these same psychological disorders. Post Traumatic Stress communities have included prohibiting
Disorder (PTSD) has been recognized as being the result of expo- the use of traditional languages, banning
sure to these and similar events that are life threatening, extremely spiritual/healing practices, removing or
stressful and very traumatic.
relocating individuals or whole\communi-
Generations of AI/AN people have on-going exposure to adverse
conditions that have produced PTSD responses; the recognition of
ties and restricting access to public or
this collective response and also the shared experiences from one sacred spaces.
generation to another have produced the understanding that threats
which occurred in the past can still foster the belief that the threat This extends to discounting, changing, or eliminating the use of
exists in some aspect today. In some cases the threat is still real. For traditional tribal law to govern tribal communities, the loss of
example, many people have dedicated their lives toward the hope elders’ wisdom, or the lost of relationships that would allow for
that a situation like the Holocaust will not occur again or have the transmission of cultural knowledge. Also included can be the
built “safe room” in their home to protect against another damaging use of cultural knowledge in a publicly disrespectful way or in a
tornado season. Historical trauma can explain how this alarm and non-tribal, stereotypical manner (non-sanctioned sports mascots).
uncertainty about the present can be passed from one generation Inter-generational trauma occurs when the trauma of an event is
to the next. not resolved and is subsequently internalized and passed from one
There are many different kinds of traumatic conditions besides generation to the next through a variety of poor practices or im-
those identified above; these can include displacement of refugees paired capacity to adequate care for one self or others. This can
from war-torn countries, displaced home owners after a natural di- be seen in inappropriate parenting or relational skills and lack of
saster (fire or flood), home invasion, child abuse and neglect, do- support resources in the communities to intervene when families
mestic violence, bullying, gang violence, illnesses, accidents, death are overwhelmed or are self-destructing (out of home placements,
foster care, residential care). This is a first in a series of articles by Dr. BigFoot on historical
Over the past 100 years, AI/AN suffered from a lack of par- trauma. The series will focus on how people can help themselves
ity in education, employment and economic advantage and viable understand the effects of historical trauma.
family networks; instead many have encountered personal despair Dr. BigFoot is an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Okla-
compounded with alcoholism or other self-destructive behaviors. homa and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics,
Once self-reliant and self-sufficient, the AI/AN people were for- University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. BigFoot di-
ever changed by the policies of the federal government (such as the rects the Indian Country Child Trauma Center that is part of the
boarding school and allotment policies), by Public Law 280 which National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the newly funded
gave states’ jurisdiction over local tribes, and by proselyting of dif- Project Making Medicine, an Indian Health Service Training in
ferent religious organizations. These actions forced tribes toward Treatment of Child Physical and Sexual Abuse Project.
removal, relocations, isolation and in some cases, termination as As part of her dedication to service, she is on the board of
an organized tribal community. These types of traumas further in- the First Nations Behavior Health Association, SAMHSA National
creases an individual’s risk of additional trauma exposure while de- Network on Health Disparities, the State of Oklahoma DMHSA
creasing the opportunities to draw on the strengths of their culture, Tribal-State Working Group, and National Institute on Drug Abuse
their family network, and their community for social, political, eco- Researchers and Scholars Workgroup. There are other services she
nomic, emotional, spiritual support. This has lead to homicides and provides including working with the Indian Health Service Amer-
suicide emerging as significant causes of death and major concern ican Indian Head Start Program, many tribal organizations, and
for safety for the majority of AI/AN communities. other national groups.
It is hard to plan for the future when many people are struggling
to survive each day. Despite these overwhelming obstacles, AI/AN
people have endured; while continued existence has been a major
The recognition of the impact of historical trauma has allowed
the beginnings of healing and reconciliation. Currently several
tribal communities (Healing Journey Accord, boarding school heal-
ing events, memorials, honoring ceremonies) have initiated healing
events, presentations, and gatherings to acknowledge the impact of
historical and cumulative trauma. For vulnerable AI/AN people
who did not understand why they had such sorrow and unresolved
grief in their lives, the appreciation that the traumatic events of
the past and their current experiences were interwoven allowed for
relief and release.
This understanding of the impact of historical trauma on AI/
AN has been critical to formulate a strategy for communities to take
care of their members and better prepare for the next generations.
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By Larry Jones-SSA
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The idea of someone being “retired with Within a family, a child may receive up tween $1,500 and $1,800 — that’s $1,000
children” may seem like the seed of another to one-half of the parent’s full retirement or for you and between $250 and $400 per
television sit-com or reality show. But the disability benefit, or 75 percent of the de- child.
fact is that it’s becoming more and more ceased parent’s basic Social Security benefit. Whether you receive Social Security
common for older people to have minor However, there is a limit to the amount of benefits because you have a disabling con-
children in their care — whether by bring- money that can be paid to a family. The dition, due to the death of a spouse or
ing new children into the world, taking over maximum family payment can be from 150 because you’ve reached retirement, if you
the care of grandchildren or adopting chil- to 180 percent of the parent’s full benefit have minor children, you’ll want to read
dren who need nurturing parents. In fact, amount. If the total amount payable to Social Security’s online publication, Ben-
the state of Oklahoma is one of the leading all family members exceeds this limit, each efits for Children at www.socialsecurity.
states in the nation for grandparents raising child’s benefit is reduced proportionately gov/pubs/10085.html. In fact, you can get
grandchildren. until the total equals the maximum allow- most information about all Social Security
So it’s important to know that if you able amount. programs at the online website at: www.so-
receive Social Security benefits and have For example, if you are retired with cialsecurity.gov.
minor children who depend on you, you a minor child and your benefit payment
might be able to receive benefits for them, is $1,000 a month, your minor child Larry Jones is a public affairs specialist with
too. This is true whether you receive bene- could get up to half of that each month, the Social Security office in Oklahoma City.
fits as a retiree or you receive Social Security or $500. However, if you had two minor To schedule a presentation for your group,
disability or survivors benefits. This is obvi- children in your care, the maximum your contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
ously one of the most misunderstood areas entire family could receive would be be-
of entitlement within Social Security.
To get benefits, a child must
have a parent (or in some cases
a grandparent) who:
• Is disabled or retired and
entitled to Social Security
• Died after having worked
long enough in a job where
he or she paid Social Security
The child also must be:
• Unmarried; and
• Younger than age 18; or
• 18-19 years old and a full
time student (no higher than
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• 18 or older and disabled.
(The disability must have
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figHting fallS for our elderS
of falling, decreasing their overall wellbeing, can work with your doctor to reduce the
By Daniel P. Clark, R.N.
and potentially leading to an earlier death. side effects and interactions of prescription
Chief Operating Officer
These facts are a cry for action. Com- and over-the-counter medicines. All home
Advanced Homecare Services
prehensive fall prevention strategies have health staff can perform simple home safety
reduced falls by up to 60 percent. inspections to help provide a safer environ-
According to the Centers for Disease
We may not be able to prevent all falls, ment.
Control, an estimated one-third of Ameri-
but there are definitive steps we can take There are many sources available on the
cans over 65 years of age fall at least once
that have been shown to decrease the risks internet for more comprehensive home safe-
each year. Falls are the leading cause of in-
of falls. These are summarized by the ty inspections. The National Association of
juries, hospital admissions for trauma, and
following: Certified Home Inspectors has a lengthy
deaths due to injury. The death rate from
1. Begin a regular exercise program. Home Safety Checklist at http://www.na-
unintentional injuries in the home is about
2. Have your health care provider chi.org/elderlysafety.htm. The Consumer
3 times greater for elders than the younger
review your medicines. Product Safety Commission has a checklist
population. An estimated 20 to 30% of
3. Have your vision checked. designed for the elderly at http://www.cpsc.
people who fall suffer moderate to severe in-
4. Make your home safer. gov/cpscpub/pubs/701.pdf. The National
juries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head
Home health services can help with these Fire Prevention Association has an initiative
steps. Physical therapists and occupational for home safety called Remembering When.
Many people who fall, even those who
therapists can assist with increasing endur- They produce this for a variety of different
are not injured, develop a fear of falling.
ance, strength, balance, and skills related ages and ethnic groups--including specifi-
This fear may cause them to limit their
to activities of daily living. Medicare may cally for Native Americans.
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A PrIOrITy TO PrOTECT PATIEnT InfOrmATIOn
Robyn Sunday-Allen pictured with Dr. Marek Greer, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the
Center for Biosecurity Research (CBR).
Photo by Andii Tittle
Research (CBR) at the University of Attack modalities are quickly progressing
By Marek T. Greer, M.D., M.P.H., P.C. Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Robyn from the simple Denial-of-Service (DOS)
CBRNE Terrorism, All Hazards Sunday-Allen, RN, MPH, and CEO of the type to Distributed Denial-of-Service
(DDoS) to the more complex Distributed
Preparedness, Medical Emergency Clinic invited senior executives and IT staff
Reflector Denial-of-Service (DRDoS) in
Management, & Medical Consultation specialists from across the state to work with which 120+ Gigabits per second (Gbps)
email@example.com DHS experts in cyber security. The working can easily overwhelm network systems
seminar addressed issues on how to protect and thus prevent any utilization of in-
The importance of cyber security can- a healthcare facility's cyber assets, informa- frastructure. This type of attack would
not be stressed enough in this day of tech- tion technologies, as well as control systems greatly cripple a healthcare facility.
nological advancement, especially now with security programs. Other areas of vulnerabilities discussed
the strong push towards internet/intranet during the seminar concern the personal,
The cyber information
accessible electronic health records. Cyber non-work related forwarded emails circu-
security is vital for continued operations of technologies discussed lating throughout the staff of a healthcare
a medical facility, but just as important, if encompassed off-the-shelf or
not more so, is protecting patient informa- clinic. These seemingly harm-
plug-and-play security devices
tion. Patient information contains names,
and their inadequacy. Security less emails once opened
date of births, addresses, phone numbers,
social security numbers, healthcare number must now be layered and can allow easy access to the
identifiers, etc., as well as general patient in-depth. Security layering
health and personal information. If confi- hijacking of any computer.
includes many different areas
dential patient information were to end up
in the hands of a person with ill intent, the such as filtering technology, A malicious attachment or
ramifications would be monumental. notification/alerting protocols website redirection will,
On October 9, 2009, the Oklahoma and software, ample band-
City Indian Clinic hosted their first in- unknowingly to the user,
width, redundancy in
formative training workshop on health-
care facility cyber security in conjunction systems, and collection/ add that computer to a vast
with Department of Homeland Security logging of data found with botnet, i.e. a networked
(DHS) and the Center for Biosecurity
collection of other compro-
mised computers. These
botnets can be as large as
500,000+ computers and
are often used to commit
criminal cyber attacks.
Dr. Marek T. Greer
The above threats were just a few of the
Photo by Andii Tittle
many threats discussed at the healthcare
cyber security seminar, as well as how to
prevent and combat cyber attacks. Cyber
security is crucial to all healthcare facilities
utilizing the internet/intranet and control
systems. Healthcare facilities cannot ne-
glect the ramifications of inadvertent/negli-
gent lack of security to themselves and even
worse to each of the patients under their
care. The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
knows the importance of securing patient
information as well as protecting the daily
operations from malicious cyber attacks and
will continue to work diligently on behalf
of their patients to stay ahead of the curve
in the arena of cyber security and control
Dr. J. Neil Henderson attends the Health
Care Cyber Security Informative Training
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Team Selected for Healthy
Native Community Fellowship
By Steve Barse, MEd
Diane Clayton, Steve Daugherty, D.J. Battiest
On October 29, 2009, Diane Clayton, Youth Wellness childhood obesity, diabetes prevention among youth, and language
Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, was notified that preservation. Their overall vision is to promote a positive com-
“your team has been selected to participate in the Healthy Native munity experience for urban Indians that improve their physical,
Communities Fellowship (HNCF) for 2010.” According to Marita mental, spiritual and emotional health.
Jones, Director of HNCF, the 2010 Fellows also include 16 teams HNCF believes that “when it comes to fighting a staggering
from a well-qualified and motivated pool of applicants from Alaska, health crisis, investing in communities to generate change works.
Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, South Our role is to connect groups to tools, and with each other, so they
Dakota and Wisconsin. The diverse teams represent public health, can mobilize innovative strategies that are right for their communi-
schools, clinicians, health care, community development, judicial, ties.” They do this by holding a series of four week long retreats
and elected/grassroots leadership at community, city, county, state, throughout the nation during 2010. The first is scheduled to begin
and tribal levels. in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 24th.
Other members of the Clinic team are Steve Daugherty, Freda Carpitcher, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention coor-
Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and D.J. dinator for the Oklahoma City Area Office, Indian Health Service
Battiest, Behavioral Clinician. states “the significance of the fellowship is community development
There was a formidable application process, including inter- at grass roots levels involving many disciplines from community
views. The HNCF looks for teams representing different com- members. It is a fellowship that has succeeded in transversing the
munity sectors that can demonstrate they are working together to lines of formal higher education and is able to teach individual
promote positive community change and wellness. Asked to name group teams no matter what the literacy or education level is of
their team, they chose “Oklahoma City All Nations Community that team. It is culturally designed to address our Nations and their
Relations” and stated their main goals are to work on combating communities and does extremely well at it.”
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except for emergencies until you are fever
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ibuprofen. For further detailed information
on this matter please see the Clinic website
The difference between
the seasonal flu and H1N1,
is that H1N1 is considered a
pandemic, meaning world-wide
epidemic disease. H1N1 is a
new infection, something our
bodies have never seen before;
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influenza, such as symptoms of
vomiting and/or diarrhea, as well
as more severe complications.
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complications from H1N1 are people who
are pregnant, have other chronic diseases
such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney
disease, etc. Other high risk populations
By Marek T. Greer, M.D., M.P.H., P.C. contracting either flu type is via vaccination. are healthcare workers, those taking care of
CBRNE Terrorism, All Hazards H1N1 vaccine has been released and sent to infants less than six months, those taking
Preparedness, Medical Emergency Oklahoma and is available at the Oklahoma care of chronically ill patients, and those
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seasonal flu experienced between the after year. Both vaccines are considered safe states have reported widespread flu activity.
months of December through March every and the primary and most effective means Due to H1N1, influenza-like illness,
year. However, this 2009 flu season is of preventing influenza. There are other hospitalizations and deaths related to the
uniquely different than previous flu seasons important steps to take to prevent infection flu are all higher in number than what is
as it is complicated by another flu called for both influenzas and they include typically expected for this time of year. The
H1N1, or “swine flu”. Both the seasonal covering your cough, throwing used tissue flu activity seen is on the rise and continues
flu and H1N1 have many similarities. away and not back in your pocket or purse, to rise above typical values week after week.
The similarities of both influenzas washing your hands often, avoid touching Data from the Oklahoma State Department
are: symptoms of fever (>100.0˚F), cough, eyes, nose and mouth if hands are dirty, and of Health for the week ending October 10,
sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, avoiding close contact with sick people. If 2009, showed that in Oklahoma 16.1% of
and fatigue. The preventions and treatments you do become ill, you need to contact your doctor’s visits statewide met the criteria for
are much the same. The best way to prevent medical provider and follow their medical influenza-like illness. Also from that site
for September 1 through October 10, there
were 327 hospitalizations with 42 being
admitted to the ICU in which 16 of those
42 were under the age of 19, and 64% of the
previously mentioned hospitalizations were
under the age of 19. The Native American
population ranked third for the most
hospitalized children behind the highest
rate seen in Hispanic children and second
highest rate in African American children.
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
has implemented various preparedness
efforts to help patients and staff endure the
outbreak of flu this season. These important
efforts utilize many modalities including
the internet, seminars for staff and patients,
town hall meetings/vaccination clinics, new
phone triage system, phone greeting system,
and many others. These efforts are all built
around patient education which is the best
tool for overall flu awareness, prevention,
and protection. The Clinic highly
encourages everyone to take advantage of
their services by visiting their website at
Sources: CDC, Flu.gov, OK.gov Sara Kernell, RN, BSN gives vaccinations
at Glorieta Baptist Church
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1st Place: Celia Redbird-Shaddon (Cheyenne)
2nd Place: Angela Butler (Sac & Fox/Caddo)
3rd Place: Krystle Logan (Sac & Fox/Kickapoo)
1st Place: Pearl Roy (Ponca/Arikara)
2nd Place: Brittany Yarholer (Cheyenne-Arapaho/Creek)
3rd Place: Rae Anne Simmons (Choctaw)
1st Place: Shelly Bointy (Dakota/Assiniboine/Ottawa)
2nd Place: Julia Charles (Cherokee/Navajo)
3rd Place: Courtney Reeder (Kiowa-Creek)
1st Place: Aye Kee Mah Robedeaux (Kiowa)
2nd Place: Erin Yarholar (Comanche)
3rd Place: Erin Plumley (Otoe-Missouria)
1st Place: Graham Primeaux (Ponca/Sac-N-Fox/Pawnee)
2nd Place: George Alexander (Otoe/Iowa)
3rd Place: Kevin Sylestine (Coushatta)
1st Place: Jason Bender (Absentee Shawnee)
2nd Place: John Arkeketa (Otoe-Missouria)
Thank you 3rd Place: Ryan Longhorn (Absentee Shawnee)
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2009 Contest POW WOW Winners
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Dancers, Singers, Vendors
Old and New Friends Gather
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic would like to thank all of the generous supporters, vendors, dancers,
singers, volunteers and patrons for your contributions to help make this POW WOW possible.
Special thanks to the Oklahoma Indian Bikers.
The 5 t h A n n u a l
R e d Fe a t h e r
♦ Southwest Airlines
G al a
♦ Hilton Garden Inn
♦ Skirvin Hotel
♦ Myriad Botanical Gardens
♦ Riverwind Casino & Hotel
♦ Ambassador Hotel
♦ OK Tumble Bus
♦ Bella Forte Glass Studio
♦ Embassy Suites
Thank you to all of our 2009 ♦ Starlite Salon
♦ Apocalypse Sports
♦ Starbucks Coffee
Sponsors and Silent Auction Donors. ♦ Twin Hills Country Club
♦ Petroleum Club
♦ Oklahoma River Cruises
Red Ruby SponSoRS ♦ Massage Envy
♦ Red Earth
♦ Intrust Bank
♦ Jeweler’s Bench
♦ Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa
♦ Eagle Ridge Institute
♦ Marek Greer, MD
♦ BC Clark Jewelers
♦ Oklahoma City Thunder
TuRquoiSe SponSoRS ♦ C & E Computers
♦ Dreamcatcher Magazine ♦ Outdoor Outfitters
♦ Gabbard and Company ♦ Sun & Ski Sports
♦ Greer Solutions ♦ Frontier City & White Water Bay
♦ Nabholz Construction Services ♦ Dillards Quail Springs Mall
♦ Pitchlynn and Williams ♦ Rococo
♦ Red Earth ♦ Rosemarie Pueblo
♦ Your Bally Technologies ♦ Java Dave’s
♦ Ted Creepingbear
SilveR SponSoRS ♦ Andy Alligator’s Fun Park
♦ Academy Sports & Outdoors
♦ Advanced Home Health
♦ American Indian Cultural Center & Museum ♦ Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry
♦ Anadarko Optical ♦ Rez Dog
♦ Association of American Indian Physicians ♦ Marek Greer, MD
♦ Bacone College ♦ Western Concepts Restaurant Group
♦ Bank2 ♦ Make-up Bar
♦ Brent Boutwell ♦ Inter-Tribal Design
♦ Bruce Burkhalter ♦ OKC Party Bus
♦ Cherokee Nation ♦ Valerie & Leonard Eschiti
♦ Dave Thomas ♦ Allan Houser Inc.
♦ Gallagher Benefit Services ♦ Brent Greenwood
♦ Gayla R. Sherry Associates, Inc. ♦ Rosie Johnson
♦ Halfmoon Family ♦ Robin Parker
♦ Harold Hamm Diabetes Center ♦ Cheree´ Clayton
♦ Kelly-O ♦ Woodson Nightwalker
♦ Minute Man Press ♦ Mr. Tackle
♦ OKCIC Cuties ♦ McKee’s Indian Store
♦ OKCIC Providers ♦ Bow-Grace-ous
♦ CAPT Richard Turner ♦ George and Joann Goodner
♦ Robyn Sunday-Allen ♦ Cathy Waller
♦ Southwestern Printing ♦ Special thanks for shawl
♦ Sterling Group fringing Emma Autaubo
♦ Deborah Doray
Red Feather Gala Guests Enjoy The Night
Greer Solutions Table Guests Dave Bialis and Gena Timberman
Carmelita Skeeter and Mary Helen Deere
George Taylor and Louis Stewart
Erin Merryweather and Eric Oesch
J.D. Colbert and Mary Ann Brittan Artist Derek Smalling and Justice Yvonne Kauger
T h e 5 t h A nnual
Inaugural "Art With A Cause"
Red Fe a t h e r The following artists joined forces with the Oklahoma City
Indian Clinic to wage war against diabetes, obesity, heart
Gala disease and other debilitating health issues, including
the impact of historical trauma.
Art Facilitator Mr. Steve Barse
White Antelope (Acoma Pueblo) Pamela A. Martin (Cherokee) Jeri Redcorn (Caddo)
Oklahoma City, OK Auburn,WA Norman, OK
Bert Seabourne April Perry (Creek) Eldred L. Poisal (Arapaho/Muskogee)
Oklahoma City, OK Del City, OK Clinton, OK
Chebon Dacon (Creek) Arigon Starr ( Kickapoo) Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee)
Springfield, MO Hollywood, CA Tahlequah, OK
Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche) Melody L. Ghebaow ( Tsimshian/Makah) Janet Smith (Cherokee)
Lawton, OK Hollywood, CA Wagner, OK
Shan Goshorn (Eastern Cherokee) Karen Testerman (Hunkpapa/Oglala) Kelly Anquoe (Cherokee)
Tulsa, OK Moore, OK Tahlequah, OK
Brent Greenwood (Ponca/Chickasaw) Jose Lucero Wolf (Hobay/Kiowa) Rachel Allen (Nez Perce)
Edmond, OK Anadarko, OK Cleveland, OH
Thomas Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware) Gus Black (Cheyenne) Robert Redbird (Kiowa)
Norman, OK Oklahoma City, OK Anadarko, OK
Magenta M. Spinningwind (Eastern Band Jan Haller
Tsalagi) Seattle, WA Taos, NM
Holly Wilson (Delaware) Laura Barse (Wichita)
Oklahoma City, OK Memphis, TN
Gerald Cournoyer (Lakota) James Lambertus (Hopi)
Kyle, SD Norman, OK
Wilma Whitaker (Prairie Band Potawatomi) Brian Landreth
Tulsa, OK Oklahoma City, OK
Mayme Warren (Kaw/Osage) Shane Greenwood (Ponca/Chickasaw)
Bridgeport, IL Oklahoma City, OK
Kristen Gentry (Choctaw) Rhonda Williams (Otoe) White Antelope
Stillwater, OK Edmond, OK
Joe Dale Nevaquaya (Yuchi/Comanche) Ben Harjo (Seminole)
Stillwater, OK Oklahoma City, OK
Kiamichi Goodbear (Ponca/Choctaw) Kenny Parton (Kiowa)
Oklahoma City, OK Anadarko, OK
November 14, 2009 Declared
Robyn Sunday-Allen Day
During the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s Red Feather Gala in November the Clinic’s CEO, Robyn Sunday-Allen was surprised by
a proclamation by Governor Brad Henry naming November 14, 2009 “Robyn Sunday-Allen Day” in Oklahoma. The presentation of the
proclamation was made by Jay Mitchell, Emergency Medical Services Administrator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In
reading the proclamation, Mitchell noted that Robyn was raised in a Cherokee speaking home, reviewed her strong family ties, highlighted
her educational history with the University of Oklahoma, and touched on her work as CEO of the Clinic.
At the ceremony, Robyn learned that support staff at the Clinic had worked for weeks to surprise her during the gala. “Without my
staff, I would not be here today,” Robyn said after asking her staff to stand for recognition. “Thank you for honoring me and for everything
you do on behalf of our Native people.” Robyn went on to thank her family, the Clinic’s Board of Directors and those attending the
function, ending her impromptu speech by noting that her Cherokee culture was the key to who she is today.
By Roberta Christine Fox
OKDHS Bridge Resource Recruitment and Retention Specialist family and health issues prevalent within the Native American com-
While all this was taking place at the History Center, there was
"Those who preserve their integrity remain unshaken by the a statewide day of prayer being held for all Native American foster
storms of daily life. They do not stir like leaves on a tree or follow children in OKDHS care. With the help of Faithlinks Oklahoma,
the herd where it runs. In their mind remains the ideal attitude The Oklahoma Missionary Conference, and the Gamma Delta Pi
and conduct of living. This is not something given to them by Alumnae Sisterhood of Oklahoma University, 3,500 prayer cards
others. It is their roots… it is a strength that exists deep within were distributed throughout the state, each with a wristband repre-
them." - Anonymous Native American senting a Native American child in OKDHS foster care. We asked
The call went out from an Oklahoma County, OKDHS foster those participating to wear their prayer band on the day of Com-
care group to the Native American community to help complete pleting the Circle and to pray for peace, strength and healing for
the circle and aid in the healing process of a small group of approxi- all Native American children in foster care and their families, along
mately 20 Native American foster children placed in non-Native with reflecting on the multitude of ways one can help a foster child.
American foster homes and heal with heritage and culture by re- Many walls were broken down on November 7th; roots were
connecting them with their Tribal communities through a half-day nurtured and spirits healed with the love, sharing, and support of
educational class. a multitude of statewide community partners and educators who
That call was answered with a flurry of support, the likes of answered the call for help, the call to Complete the Circle. For fur-
which our foster care group has never encountered, and with the ther information on the community partners who helped make this
help of Steve Barse and The Oklahoma City American Indian Clin- day possible, please visit www.okdhs.org or www.theworldto1.org.
ic, Completing the Circle emerged into a day long multi-faceted
event, which included an entire separate segment, BandTogether, a If you would like to answer the call of a Native American foster
day of prayer for Native American children in OKDHS foster care child in crisis and help Complete the Circle by becoming a Native
and their families. American foster home or volunteer for one our many programs,
Completing the Circle was held on November 7th at the Okla- please call 1-866-612-2565 today.
homa History Center where over one hundred Native American
foster children ranging from ages 6 to 18 were reconnected with
their tribal communities, culture and heritage through language,
art, song, dance, and more all while their non-Native American
foster families attended workshops on issues facing Native Ameri-
I can still hear the bustling sounds of over one hundred children
of all ages making their way through the halls from one presenter to
the next, set against the healing sounds of the flute echoing into to
the classrooms where the adults were engaged in in-depth conversa-
tions on myths associated with the Native American culture, how
to provide roots for stability and wings for success as a bi-cultural
including the addition of distinctive arched floor to ceiling win-
Indian Health Care Resource dows along the south and west walls of the multi-purpose room.
• Upon completion of the expansion project, patient parking will be
Center of Tulsa Breaks Ground fully adjacent to the medical facility, with staff parking
in the newly built lot to the west.
On Tuesday, July 14th the Indian Health Care Resource Center For over 30 years, Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa
of Tulsa (IHCRC) located at 550 S. Peoria officially broke ground (IHCRC) has been committed to improving the health of Indian
on an approximately 26,000-square-foot addition. people living in the Tulsa area. IHCRC serves a large intertribal
The new addition will allow for IHCRC’s health education and population, comprised of members of over 150 federally recognized
wellness department, substance abuse treatment programs tribes.
and the WIC nutrition program to move
from a satellite location back to the main
clinic. For the past three years, IHCRC
has leased 10,000 square feet of space to of-
fice much of the wellness department, the
WIC nutrition program and portions of
the mental health and substance abuse staff.
Integrating all services into one facility is a
major goal of the facility expansion project
thereby enabling patients to conveniently
access all services in one location.
The addition is estimated to be completed
in 18 months and cost between $6 million
and $7 million dollars.
Key features of the expansion include:
• Increase total facility space to 52,392
• Expand pharmacy, with a separate
entrance, drive thru pick up and a second
robotic system for faster prescription filling.
• Expand departmental space, including
behavioral health and medical care, medical
records and employee lounge and restrooms.
• Move the WIC nutrition program, health
education and wellness, substance abuse
treatment and Systems of Care children’s
mental health services from the satellite
office to the main campus.
Caring is Strong Medicine!
• Establish dedicated wellness facilities,
including health, nutritional and physical
activity, counseling and education offices
and demonstration kitchen.
• Create a multi-purpose room overlooking
Centennial Park to be used for large group
meetings and classrooms.
• Remodel existing space for more efficient
• Provide support for telemedicine and
electronic health records.
• Create a harmonious external design with
current brick and overall appearance,
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Competitive American Indians
Turning Lifestyles Into New Beginnings
By Caitlin Baker
or what programs I do, Turtle Camp is the closest to my heart. For
Four years ago I attended the North American Indigenous the past 3 years I have participated in many camps, each one is
Games as a competitive swimmer. The games were held in Denver, special. I have gotten to know the other counselors and most im-
Colorado and there were 7000 Native kids from across the country. portantly the participants. Many of the kids I have watched grow
I was the youngest of 170 athletes sent from Oklahoma to compete. up into healthy, active kids, who with just a little help from me
While I did well in competition, 5 silver medals, the event was most have learned to love the water. Everything about Turtle Camp is
inspiring because I met Indian kids from across the nation. Being positive and a great example of what our Indian kids need. I have
an urban Indian with not a lot of exposure to my culture I was enjoyed working with so many great people at the Clinic, Steve
fascinated with the stories I heard from the other athletes. Sadly I Barse, Robyn Sunday-Allen, Steve Daugherty and more. Everyone
also heard about the problems facing many of their communities. has also been so kind and supportive of me.
I returned from the experience with the desire to learn about my Through CAITLINB I have also made other great partnerships.
culture and also wanting to find a reason why Native youth face so The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has worked with
many obstacles. me and given me the opportunity to travel outside of Oklahoma.
The journey I have taken to find answers has been wonderful. With their Eagle Series Books program I have traveled to New York
I have been blessed the past years to be surrounded by adults who City and New Mexico where I visited area Pueblos. I also spoke at
have helped and supported me. I am so happy to be able to write the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference in Long Beach, Cali-
this article, not to talk about my accomplishments, but to thank all fornia where I met wonderful and inspiring professionals. Rachel
the great people who made my accomplishments possible. Ciccarone and Veronica Davison with the CDC are two adults who
With my mom’s help I first contacted the Oklahoma City Indian have been worked with me and continue to help and support me.
Clinic, there I met Rita Wright. Rita was so open to helping me Another important partner is John Cruzat with USA Swimming
and guided me in defining my vision. I remember our first meeting and the US Olympic Committee. John has a passion for minority
where we brainstormed together to come up with a name for my swimming and was the person who told me that Native Americans
program. After an hour I saw CAITLINB spelled out on Rita’s wipe have the second highest drowning rate for minorities. This statistic
board. Together we came up with Competitive American Indians continues to fuel my desire to promote swimming to my Native
Turning Lifestyles into New Beginnings. It was such a wonderful community.
moment for me and showed me how serious Rita and the Indian I have had many wonderful experiences. Last fall with the Path-
Clinic took my dream. I then met Diane Clayton and talked to her star organization I completed the swim from Alcatraz Island to
about helping with Turtle Camp. No matter what else I have done shore in San Francisco. With Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
I traveled to Washington DC to participate on a panel discussion munity and across the Nation. I always tell adults I speak to that
about youth obesity. With Billy Jean King’s Women and Sports every community has kids, like me, who have within them the abil-
Foundation I attended the opening of the National Sports Museum ity to create change in the world. I encourage them to look past age,
where CAITLINB was placed in the community exhibit. And over attitude, disadvantages and see the possibility that their youth hold.
spring break I designed and presented a healthy youth program for I tell youth that they hold great power in their voice and tell them
the Indian Services in Sisseton, South Dakota. While there I visited that as Native youth we have the advantage of being able to speak
tribal and public schools meeting with students from Head Start to our leaders directly. I encourage them to use the power of the
through seniors in high school. These have been great experiences voices and don’t be the leaders of tomorrow be the leaders of today.
but my passion is still swimming and being a role model to other
Native youth. This past July I traveled to Tucson where I held a
swim clinic for the Pasqua Yacqui tribe and spoke at the Tucson In-
dian Clinic’s Family Wellness Day. I was amazed by the youth I met
and also by what communities are doing to help their kids succeed.
This month I will travel to Winnebago, Nebraska to hold a swim
clinic for the Winnebago Tribe, who recently enclosed their pool to
encourage year round activity for their tribal members.
I am always asked how someone so young can accomplish so
many things. I believe the key is the wonderful people who have
helped and continue to help me. First I have a great mom, Edith
Baker. She believed me and my vision from the very start. She saw
the passion I had for swimming and has always supported me and
sat many hours by the pool watching me swim lap after lap after lap.
When I told my mom what I wanted to do, she believed in me and
told me I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. I thank her
for all her love and support.
Every adult partner I meet overlooks my age, lack of experience
and natural shyness and sees the passion I have to help my commu-
nity. My partnerships have enabled me to reach youth in my com-
A Healthier Smile, A Healthier You!
The Link Between Uncontrolled Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
By Monica Collins, RDH and Nikki Moore, RDH
W hile everyone is prone to periodontal disease (gum
disease), people with diabetes often have more severe cases that Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease): Disease
can both cause and predict additional diabetic complications. of gums and bone around the teeth. It is a slow
People with diabetes have more sugar in their mouths, creat-
disease that may not hurt, but can cause major
ing an ideal environment for bad bacteria to cause damage. This
makes all forms of periodontal disease more likely. High, or un- destruction of the bone that supports your teeth.
controlled blood sugar is a big factor in the increased risk of peri- This disease is IRREVERSIBLE!
odontal disease. Poor blood sugar control means higher degrees
of periodontal disease and more vulnerability to complications. Gingivitis (Beginning of periodontal disease):
People with diabetes who have poor blood sugar control have dif-
An infection of the gums that causes them to be
ficulty fighting infections and healing wounds in their mouths,
just like they have difficulty healing wounds and infections on red, swollen, and bleed easily. In this stage, there
their feet. is no disease or destruction of the bone. This
A study in the Journal of Periodontology found people with infection is REVERSIBLE! Gums can become
poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal healthy by brushing and flossing adequately every
disease than someone with well-controlled diabetes.
Research suggests that the relationship between periodontal
disease and diabetes goes both ways, in that periodontal disease
may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to con- Plaque: A white, sticky biofilm full of mucus,
trol their blood sugar. Severe periodontal disease can increase food particles and bacteria, that builds up on
blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the teeth and gums. Everyday new plaque grows with
body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts a person with
increasing numbers. If plaque is not removed
diabetes at an increased risk for diabetic complications. Thus,
people who have periodontal disease should be treated to elimi- regularly, it can lead to dental cavities or peri-
nate the periodontal infection. odontal problems (such as gingivitis or periodon-
Results of a new study in the Journal of Periodontology sug- tal disease).
gest that having your teeth professionally cleaned may reduce
a diabetic patient’s HbA1c count by as much as 20% at three
Calculus: A form of hardened plaque that plays
and six months following treatment. According to the American
Diabetes Association, HbA1c provides patients with a picture of a role in causing periodontal disease. Calculus is
their average blood sugar changes in the past two to three months detrimental to gingival health because it serves as
and gives them a good idea of how well their diabetes treatment a trap for increased plaque formation and reten-
plan is working. A healthy HbA1c count is between the ranges tion. It is caused by a continual accumulation of
of 4.0 to 6.0.
minerals from saliva on plaque. Once formed,
Good oral hygiene is not only important for a healthy mouth,
but is also an essential element for good overall health. Everyone it is too hard and firmly attached to be removed
is at risk of developing periodontal disease. However, people with with a toothbrush. Calculus buildup can only be
diabetes, regardless of age or type of diabetes are more suscep- cleaned by a dental professional.
By Steve Barse, MEd
“I went to the woods because I wished to live delib-
erately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see
if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when
I die, discover that I had not lived,” ~ Henry David
Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
I read this quote on a Wednesday in the Oklahoma
Gazette. It is from a 19th century man who was a
writer, essayist, philosopher, poet and transcendental- The very next Monday I got another inspirational
ist. Transcendental is a scary word, but it is simply the jolt. This time it was a gentleman from the Wewoka
belief that we are not merely physical beings, we are Indian Health Clinic, Scott Robinson. He spoke at the
spirits. One of Thoreau’s earliest memories is “look- grand re-opening of the Clinic Wellness Center. Al-
ing through the stars, to see if I could see God behind though less well-known than Vanas, he was ideal for
them.” Later in life he wrote, “Simplicity, simplicity, that moment and that day.
simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three,
and not a hundred or a thousand.” Oh my! Both gentlemen had a common theme, “Balance
Your Life.” Of paramount importance is taking care
On Friday of the same week, and in the course of oneself, physically (exercise), nutritionally (what
of three work days, I was privileged to hear two out- and how much we eat), and our mental health (spiri-
standing motivational speakers. Perhaps inspirational tual). It is not always easy to successfully string those
is a better word. The speakers were D.J. Eagle Bear things together. We often need motivational and inspi-
Vanas and Scott Robinson. rational reminders. Therefore, my Urban Beat column
will incorporate into each issue the new logo “Balance
D.J. spoke at our Clinic staff development out- Your Life” created by Artist Marwin Begaye. It will
ing at Camp Dakani. He was flown in from Colorado be my humble effort to encourage all of us to live well.
Springs, highly recommended. And he did not disap-
point. We sat in a small amphitheater in a wooded
area and the highest percentage of us were enthralled
with what he had to say.
“The path of a warrior is not an easy one. War-
riors make mistakes, feel pain, get scared and they cry.
Sometimes they fight with all the fury they can mus-
ter, only to find out they are fighting themselves. All
of this doesn’t matter because warriors keep going in
spite of it all, in spite of themselves. They persist in “Specializing in Native American Homeownership”
fighting to become the person they desperately need DebbieLindsey@kw.com
to be; a better person for the Creator, for their fam- 405.948.7500 office
ily, friends, community, co-workers, clients and them-
selves. Warriors are people like you – and like me.” - KELLER WILLIAMS
R E A L T Y
D.J. Vanas: from his book The Tiny Warrior—A Path 5629 N. Classen Blvd.
to Personal Discovery and Achievement. Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Each office is independently owned and operated
M otivational I nspiration
Clinic staff take time to enjoy nature,
get motivated and have fun!
By Dawn Rodgers, BA
Every year in the fall the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic takes time
for team building. This year a nationally acclaimed motivational
speaker D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas spoke to the staff of the Clinic. He is
also the author of The Tiny Warrior A~Path to Personal Discovery
In the field of medicine as caregivers we often give and give with-
out taking time to replenish our own energy. Mr. Eagle Bear Vanas
spoke on finding our inner strength and utilizing our warrior spirit to
better serve others and ourselves. He also spoke on the importance
of having balance in our lives. Balance of mind, body and spirit. When
one of those are weak it can make us unbalanced which can effect our
lives in many ways.
"What do our elders say is the best
form of medicine?—Laughter"
~D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas
D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas
Clinic Staff Take A Pick Up Football Team
Time To Play
The Clinic's Finest
Bettie Burton, Rhonda Heim Joe Pueblo Robyn Sunday-Allen
Shereena Starr Thetath Tofpi Tenesha Ezell Bettie Burton
Steve Daugherty Alice Youngbear, Natalee Knight-Glass, Janice Hixson, MD
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
210 South Quadrum Drive
OKC, OK 73108
(near Reno and Portland)
WIC benefits are available OKCIC
for eligible pregnant women and
their children under 5 years of age. Reno S
WIC benefits include nutrition
Quadrum Driv e
Bob M ills
and breastfeeding education, WIC
supplemental foods and
health care referrals.
This insitution is an equal opportunity provider.
As of August 1 , WIC has added additional foods to their supplemental nutrition program.
Now, eligible women and children can receive fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, whole grain
products, and an option of canned beans or dry beans.
Participant Fruits & Vegetables Whole Grains Beans
Pregnant Women $8 cash value 1 lb dried OR (4) 16 oz. Cans
Breastfeeding Moms $10 cash value 1 lb dried OR (4) 16 oz. Cans
Formula Feeding Moms $8 cash value ---- 1 lb dried OR (4) 16 oz. Cans
Children 32 oz.
$6 cash value 1 lb dried OR (4) 16 oz. Cans
(1-5 years old) (2 lbs)
New foods given to WIC participants shown in Table
Do you know what to look for on a food label for it to be considered a whole grain? The first
ingredient should be a whole grain such as whole wheat or whole corn.
Whole grain options added to the WIC program include: 16 oz. of whole grain bread, oatmeal,
brown rice, bulgur, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas.
Adults need to be consuming at least 3 oz. of whole grains per day. 1oz would be 1 slice of
whole grain bread, ½ cup brown rice or ½ cup oatmeal.
Beans are a good source of fiber which can lower blood cholesterol levels and help the digestive
tract operate smoothly. WIC has been offering dry beans to the participants, but they have now
added the option of canned beans or dry beans. Just remember, if choosing canned beans, rinse
them off with water and drain them to decrease the sodium.
Fruits & Vegetables
Apples, bananas, oranges… oh my! WIC is happy to announce they have added fruits and
vegetables to the food packages. All fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables any variety, whole or
cut without added sugar is eligible except for potatoes. Sweet potatoes and yams are allowed.
Photo by Andii Tittle
Hours of Operation are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ♦ Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
nEW LOCATIOn: 4901 W. Reno~Suite 850 (east of main building)
All patients must have a referral less than one year old from a Clinic provider to workout at the fitness center.
Appointments available Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please allow 30 minutes for initial consultation.
Zumba: Class taught by Monica Collins, RDH
Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Total Body Kick: Class taught by Leanne Wolraich
Beginners Class: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Intermediate/Advanced Class: Monday and Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Circuit Training: Class taught by Leanne Wolraich
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
To be announced. If interested, please see Steve Daugherty for more information.
To be announced. If interested, please see Joe Pueblo for more information.
Children’s Nutrition & Physical Activity: Class taught by Diane Clayton, MS, RD/LD
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. **Must register to attend children’s class**
For more information contact the Clinic Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Technicians:
Leanne Wolraich and Joe Pueblo (405) 948-4900 ext. 168
for Healthy Change
Being Responsible American Indians with Diabetes
The Fall 2009 BRAID meeting had over 100 patients and
family members in attendance. Behavioral Clinician, D.J. Battiest
played the flute as patients and family members gathered for the Darryl Tonemah, PhD, MEd
diabetes education meeting. Thanksgiving dinner was served to Associate Director of Outreach, Assistant
all attendees. Portion control and limits of starchy foods were dis- Professor of Family Medicine, University of
cussed during the meal. Often it is easy to overeat during the holi- Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
days, seeing examples of proper portion sizes makes those choices
easier. Three patients, Sarah Wolfe, Gerald James and Lois Wilson
shared their stories of struggles and success with diabetes.
Guest speaker Darryl Tonemah, PhD, MEd, Associate Director of Outreach,
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sci-
ences Center spoke on empowering ourselves for healthy change. Darryl said to
eat only until we are "not hungry." Many times we eat until "we are full." He
spoke about asking his own children, "are you full?" When he realized what he was
doing, he began trying to encourage them to eat only until they are not hungry.
The BRAID meeting was inspiring and informative.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 BRAID Volunteer Jennifer Chadwick
Diabetes and Heart Health Native American Coordinator,
OU Children’s Diabetes Center
Guest speaker is University of Oklahoma Cardiologist
Mazen Abu-Fadel, MD, FACC
Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. ♦ Specialty Clinic 405-948-4900 ext. 212
BRAID Volunteer Gary Lankford
Diabetes Coalition Liaison/
Outreach Specialist, Association
of American Indian Physicians
Lois Wilson's Story
One night this past October, I had this dream that really shook
me awake. I dreamed I was in a hallway in a building, like an office
building. Thinking I was there on business, I kept walking. This man
came out of an office and told me, he had been waiting for me. We
walked into his office and he pointed to a chair. As he turned to get a
book off the shelf behind him, I sat down. Then I asked, “Why am I
here and where am I?” As he turned and looked at me, he said, “You
don’t know?” I shook my head no. He opened the book and said “Let
me see the reason you’re here.” Then looking at me he said, “Mrs. Wil-
son, are you aware that you’re dead?” I could not speak; I only shook
my head no. As he looked down at the book, he said, “You died of dia-
betes.” Then added, “This was a health condition you should’ve taken
care of and you wouldn’t be here.” As I stood up and looked this man
in his eyes, I said, “I’m not staying and you’re not keeping me here!” I
woke up shaking. I started to pray and bind this dream in Christ Jesus’
name. I knew I had to share this dream with others that had diabetes.
Because now the word diabetes means, Death Beat us, if we don’t take
care of ourselves. As native people of this land, we now have health
care programs to help us with diabetes. It’s time we help ourselves and
listen, learn and do our best to care for ourselves. Bottom line, be as
healthy as we can and live, or “Death Will Beat Us”.
—Thank you, Mrs. Wilson
Gerald James' Story
My name is Gerald James better known as “Jerry”. I was born in
a small town of Lonepine, in Northern CA and raised in Los Angeles.
My story includes my trials and tribulations related to diabetes. I am
a truck driver by trade since 1999. I was diagnosed in 2000, when I
got seriously sick not knowing what was wrong I was admitted into the
emergency room hospital and forbidden to drive until the doctor felt
things were under control. I did fine for about 2 years. My levels came
back up and back to the ER. It was all up and down until I decided to
get serious about my treatment. When I finally came to the Oklahoma
City Indian Clinic I was in the 15th percentile for my A1c. My doctor
put me on insulin, 2 types, so, I got serious with my exercise. When I
first started at the Wellness Center I weighed in at 216 pounds. At that
point my levels improved, I was eating better and I felt great. However
I noticed my levels were getting too low, in the 27 to 45 range, spoke
to the doctor and she took me off the insulin and gradually off most
of my meds. I am now weighing in at 191 and not uncomfortable like
before. My whole story is that I wanted to live for those I love.
By Diane Clayton, MS, RD/LD
Project POWER after school program
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic recently developed a teen- The first program will begin January 19, 2010 at Madison Elemen-
friendly bike program called Power Peddlers that encourages tary School in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesdays and Thursdays
patients to increase their activity level. The program was possible from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The program will continue through
after the TODAY Show Lend a Hand program donated 25 TREK March 11, 2010. We have established a new partnership with the
bikes. Power Peddlers was held six times last summer and met Oklahoma City Indian Education program to begin June 2010.
for two hours each session. The program included a healthy light Project POWER is sponsored by the Aetna Foundation and the
snack, physical assessments, one hour of physical activity and Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
three educations that covered bike safety, nutrition and physical
activity. Seven to 12 teens and their parents participated in TURTLE Camp
Power Peddlers. On the last day of the program, the participants The Clinic in conjunction with OU
received an Academy gift card and activity gift bag. Although College of Public Health and First
small in size, the program was a success. The participants and American United Methodist Church will
their parents were excited to see an activity program that was host a week long Camp March 15-19,
geared toward adolescents. The program was held at different 2010. The program will be available to
locations along the Oklahoma River and Lake Hefner. With new Native youth in the OKC metro area.
funding from CEED/REACH U.S. Legacy an improved program Please call for more information.
will begin Spring 2010.
Children’s Nutrition Clinic
Teen Fitness Program Nutrition and physical activity classes are available to all youth
A new Teen Fitness Program has been developed. Activities
and parents interested in learning more about nutrition and get-
throughout the year include quarterly meetings and evening bike
ting more physical activity. The classes are only available to Clinic
rides. Evening bike rides are the first and third Tuesday of each
patients. Classes will be held by appointment only on Wednesdays
month starting February 2010 at the OKC River Trails—15th
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Clinic Wellness Center. Sign up
and Meridian. The program is important because teens are making
with Diane Clayton to attend the class.
decisions about their health. Parents are encouraged to attend to
provide support and be a positive role model. This program
promotes a healthier lifestyle through physical activities.
For more information about any of these
programs please call Diane Clayton, MS
RD/LD at 405 948-4900 ext 160.
By Hazel Lonewolf, MPH
In our third year of reporting GPRA (Government Performance Results Measures), the
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was the only urban facility to ever meet all of the urban measures.
The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, or more commonly referred to as GPRA,
is a federal law which requires federal agencies to demonstrate that they are using their funds
effectively toward meeting their missions. As the competition for federal dollars increases, it will
become increasingly important to link healthcare provided to performance measures. And, as
you can see by our report card below, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is continually striving to
provide the very best medical and behavioral health services.
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
2009 Final GPRA Report
Desired 2009 2009 2009
DIABETES Outcome Final Target Results
A1c > 9.5 (Poor Control) ê 10.0% 16.0% Met
A1c < 7 (Ideal Control) é 41.8% 39.0% Met
BP Controlled (<130/80) é 48.3% 39.0% Met
LDL Cholesterol Assessed é 69.9% 68.0% Met
Nephropathy Assessment é 77.6% 53.0% Met
Retinopathy Assessment é 58.9% 57.0% Met
Annual Influenza 65+ é 85.4% 64.0% Met
Pneumovax Ever 65+ é 92.4% 83.0% Met
Childhood Immunizations é 91.5% 79.0% Met
Pap Smear Rates é 64.2% 60.0% Met
Mammogram Rates é 72.4% 53.0% Met
Colorectal Cancer Screen é 35.9% 35.0% Met
Tobacco Cessation Counseling é 32.7% 26.0% Met
FAS Prevention é 59.8% 55.0% Met
IPV/DV Screening é 60.9% 51.0% Met
Depression Screen 18+ é 61.3% 37.0% Met
Assessment é 38.5% 36.0% Met
Prenatal HIV Testing é 82.7% 76.0% Met
* 2009 target based on 2009 Oklahoma City Area IHS Target.
Source: CRS Version 9.0
"Thank you Dr. James,
Steve, and Leanne!"
It Is Never Too
Late To Start Photo by Steve Barse
By Steve Barse, MEd
“I never thought I would be going to the Wellness Center at eighty- So, Elizabeth Brooks, age 85, goes to work out twice a week. She
five years old. It has done me real good doing exercises twice a starts at 8:00 am to beat the crowd and spends ten minutes on each
week.” Elizabeth Brooks machine. When feeling good she does a total of thirty-five minutes.
She had knee surgery two years ago and has some arthritis, but that
Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 26, 1923 in Hughes County, doesn’t stop her, “I don’t hardly miss any.” She is especially grate-
Oklahoma and attended Pecan Grove School until the 9th grade. ful to Dr. Mark James at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. He
Unfortunately, she had to drop out to care for her mother who had referred her to the Wellness Center. “He really helped me by doing
gone blind. With the advent of World War 2 she supported herself that.” She adds, “If it wasn’t for him and Erica I would be home sit-
by cleaning homes. She later moved to Oklahoma City and worked ting around.” In addition, Steve Daugherty and Leanne Wolraich
briefly for Uniform Industrial. She then went to work for Mid- “have really been good to me and tell me to keep on coming to the
Continent News and retired in 1989 after twenty-six years. Wellness Center.”
A tragic set of circumstances left Elizabeth in care of her fifteen Nearly all her family is diabetic, but she is not. “I try to watch
year old niece Erica. She has essentially raised her since then. Now my health so I don’t get diabetes.” Elizabeth has been healthy all her
twenty-three years old, Erica works part-time and is working to- life. “I go to church every Sunday and help them out.” Maintain-
ward becoming a dental assistant. Erica stays with Elizabeth who ing a healthy balance in her life has given her a good quality of life
says, “she is a great help to me. She pushes me to come to the Well- in her senior years. She is a role-model for us all.
ness Center.” Elizabeth states that her niece tells her “it will do you
good, keep you going.”
C ONgRATuLATIONS !
Debbie roundtree Vicki Jemison
retires With 28 years Awarded Community Health
Of Service representative of the year
By Rita Wright-Burkhalter, RN, MPH By Rita Wright-Burkhalter, RN, MPH
Today we say goodbye to a friend and colleague who is leaving us The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
for a special time of retirement. Debbie Roundtree who has been a proudly announces that a longtime
28 year veteran for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is turning in employee, Vicki Jemison received
her keys. Debbie has been known for years as an original founda- an award for being the Community
tion stone of the Clinic. She and two of her best friends, Edwina Health Representative for the Year
Amos and Jeanette Kemp are the three original members of the staff from the Oklahoma Association of
that have worked at the Clinic the longest. Community Health Representatives.
Living in McLoud, Debbie traveled almost an hour to and from Vicki is the sole staff member for the Clinic that is responsible
work each day. She was dedicated to “her Clinic” and therefore for making transportation arrangements for patients who would
trudged on day after day westbound on I-40. Through rain and otherwise not be able to make their medical appointments. Many
snow and heat and cold, traffic jams, a family at home, and just times as the other Clinic employees approach the parking lot for
life, Debbie came day after day to contribute to the Oklahoma City their 8:00 a.m. deadline for work, Vicki can be seen in a Clinic
Indian Clinic’s mission. Debbie always took pride in her job, was van, already loaded with a patient and pulling out to get them to
a quiet listener when needed, but a firm believer in promoting cul- the Carl Albert Indian Hospital or the Lawton Indian Hospital,
turally appropriate healthcare for all American Indians in central or another designated facility. Other times in the parking lot, you
Oklahoma. will see Vicki loading a wheelchair into the Clinic van and assisting
There have been numerous position descriptions for Debbie dur- a patient into the passenger seat. Many evenings after the Clinic
ing her time here. She was at the front registration desk for many has long been closed, Vicki comes driving back into the parking lot
years, worked in pharmacy, radiology and most recently with the to crawl out of the Clinic van and get into her own private vehicle
diabetes program. Debbie has come to know many of the patients after a long day of getting patients where they need to go.
who have been at the Clinic for a long time, and they place their Rain or shine, Vicki Jemison takes her responsibility very
trust in her as a Clinic staff member. seriously. She is prompt, courteous, and always willing to go
Debbie was presented a Pendelton blanket by Clinic CEO the extra step to make sure her patients get to their destination.
Robyn Sunday-Allen at an all staff meeting. Robyn said to Debbie, She is always quick to identify patients who have special needs that
“Thank you for your years of loyal dedication to the American might be met by a staff member here at the Clinic. Many of the
Indian people of central Oklahoma. You are a friend to so many people who Vicki makes transportation arrangements for might
of us, both staff and patients. We will miss you, think of you otherwise be forgotten, if they did not have Vicki as their patient
often, and always consider you a member of our Clinic family. advocate.
CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement! Our sincere and The job responsibility that Vicki Jemison demonstrates takes
best wishes to you!” much courage and true grit to accomplish. She often visits areas
of town that are considered not safe, or unfriendly. This is not a
job for the faint of heart. The entire staff at the Clinic salutes you,
Vicki, for your accomplishment of receiving this prestigious award.
for Clinic transportation
services call Vicki Jemison
948-4900 ext. 162
Appointments should be
made two weeks in advance.
Debbie Roundtree and Lisa Toahty
By Amy R. Cozad, PHN,
Injury Prevention Specialist,
Director Kiowa Injury Prevention and Kiowa Teen Suicide Prevention Programs
This full promotional picture was used in our car seat Public Service Announcement (PSA) this year. Posted within the
town of Anadarko, over 4 thousand cars pass by in a month's time to stress the use of car seat restraints and seat belt use to
our native communities. The original ad began in 2006, although the state and national highway officials use seat belt cam-
paigns in their initiatives to address the injuries and deaths that occur each year. However, none of their campaign address
native communities directly.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American Indians nationwide, ages 0-44. This statistic suggests
we should use a "grassroots" mentality of meeting our Native people on a common ground by producing campaigns to spe-
cifically reach them. This year's campaign focuses on car seat restraints.
Indian people have always been concerned with the safety of our children, so the picture depicts the old way and our tran-
sition to use the new way of safety to perpetuate our generations to come. The old black and white picture is my grandfa-
ther, Bill Bear, safely secured in his cradleboard made by his mother with her own hands. The color picture is of a little native
boy, dressed in his regalia, safely secured in his car seat. This is how we can continue to protect our future as the campaign
For more information contact:
OKC’s Premier Native American Unique Arts Store
P.O. Box 369 Carnegie, OK 73015
(580) 654-2300 ext. 361
(405) 638-0024 work cell
"Saving the Next Generation"
Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force
Native American Owned & Operated
Tonemah Hosts 3rd Annual
Christmas Concert On December 15, 2009 a Norman, Oklahoma resident and
nationally recognized American Indian folk singer, Darryl
Tonemah, hosted his third annual Christmas Concert to benefit
American Indian Children in Oklahoma. The price of admission
was a new toy or article of clothing. Groups designated to re-
ceive the gifts were the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic as well as the
Comanche, Kickapoo and Kiowa tribes.
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic greatly appreciates Darryl’s
efforts. When he returned to Oklahoma from Phoenix three years
ago he contacted the Clinic Community Liaison, Steve Barse to
see if we wanted to participate in his first concert. The Clinic has
been a part of his generosity ever since.
The very talented Tonemah has won the Native American
Music Award for Best Folk Recording for the CD “Your Rainy
Day.” He was also awarded the Silver Arrow Award for contribu-
tions to Native American music in 2008. He released his 7th
album “Ink Blots and Random Thoughts” in 2009.
A New Movement In American Indian Art
The Urban Indian 5 have joined the fight against
diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other debilitating
health issues among American Indians, including the
impact of historical trauma. From their art a new
healing spirit is emerging. To learn more contact Steve
Barse, Community Liaison, Oklahoma City Indian
Clinic at 405.556.1665 or email@example.com
Artist Contact Info:
Urban Indian 5 Brent
Brent Greenwood - Shan Goshorn - Holly Wilson - Thomas Poolaw - Gerald Cournoyer
urbanindian5.com Shan firstname.lastname@example.org
The Urban Indian 5 have found a new home with Dr. J. Neil Henderson at:
American Indian Diabetes www.hollywilson.com
755 Research Parkway Suite 150 Thomas www.myspace.com/tpoolaw
Located West of the OU Health Sciences Center
off Lincoln Blvd. and 8th St. Gerald email@example.com
YOUTH The Oklahoma City
Serving youth 6-21 years of age
and their families for mental Upcoming
health and substance abuse.
Diabetic Eye Exam Weeks:
Call in January 4-8th to schedule your
♦ Assessments diabetic eye exam for the following week….
♦ Counseling January 11-15th
♦ Referrals Call in february 16-19th to schedule your
♦ Crisis Intervention diabetic eye exam for the following week….
♦ Education February 22-26th
The Oklahoma City Call in march 15-19th to schedule your
INDIAN CLINIC diabetic eye exam for the following week….
Services and glasses are available to age 65 and over,
East of Main Building~Suite 700 ♦ 948-4900 ext. 110 children age 5-18, patients with diabetes and anyone
enrolled in school.
Warm and Fuzzy Committee
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic staff donate to help others.
Over 120 coats were given to children at the Clinic.
61 turkey baskets were donated to provide Thanksgiving meals to families.
100 children received toys from the Clinic Toy Drive.
Thank you for your generous donations and support!
• Scott Edge and the Eastpoint Community Church congregation who donated a large portion of the
coats to the Clinic's coat drive.
• Darryl Tonemah for the Toy Drive Benefit Concert
• Clinic staff members for donating, we could not do it without your help.
COAIHC, Inc. Non Profit Organization
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