Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
IHCRC on 09/10/2022

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

It's estimated that every day, around 123 people lose their life by suicide worldwide. That means that every 40 seconds, someone somewhere decides that life is no longer worth living. Suicide is a global problem, and it touches all of us in one way or another. Whether we have lost someone to suicide

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Back to School Immunizations
Deb Starnes on 09/02/2022

Back to School Immunizations

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your child succeed in school. One important way to help your child is to make sure he or she is up-to-date on immunizations.Immunizations protect children from diseases like measles, mumps, and chickenpox. These diseases can cause serious health

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Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding
IHCRC on 08/04/2022

Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its policy statement on breastfeeding and the use of human milk. The revised policy updates recommendations on breastfeeding, highlights special considerations, and notes how pediatricians can support breastfeeding parents.Breastfeeding not o

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Exercises that fit your lifestyle
IHCRC on 07/18/2022

Exercises that fit your lifestyle

Don’t let age keep you from being fit and healthy! Exercise is important for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for our elders. Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. It can also help improve balance and flexib

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Happy Fourth of July!
Deb Starnes on 07/01/2022

Happy Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with family and friends, fire up the grill, and celebrate our nation’s independence. It’s also a great opportunity to get outside and get active. There are plenty of activities to choose from, so there’s no excuse not to get up and move! If you’re l

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Celebrate Pride!
Deb Starnes on 06/24/2022

Celebrate Pride!

For Native Americans, Pride Month is more than just a time to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ culture and history. It is an opportunity to learn more about our rich and diverse cultures, as well as a time to reflect. Despite making up nearly 3% of the U.S. population, Native Americans are often left out of the c

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Connections: Using Our Past to Build Our Future
Deb Starnes on 04/12/2022

Connections: Using Our Past to Build Our Future

In order to better serve the needs of American Indian youth ages 6 to 24, IHCRC began a redesign and reinvigoration of its youth programs last year. The team noted that while suicide and drug use prevention remain crucial, IHCRC's youth programs must also be designed to address one of the most impor

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Caring for our Adolescents
Deb Starnes on 03/21/2022

Caring for our Adolescents

In spring of 2020, IHCRC's Behavioral Health Department had a waiting list of more than 60 youth. Additionally, staff had begun to recognize the need to offer support for American Indian youth identifying as LGBTQ2S+. A study by Kids Data found that 7.6% of California's Native American youth identif

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The Unsung Heroes of IHCRC
Deb Starnes on 03/03/2022

The Unsung Heroes of IHCRC

Tucked away in a hallway rarely traveled by patients or staff are the hard working staff known as Patient Benefit Coordinators. We prefer to call them our unsung heroes. These individuals battle daily to ensure our patients have the health care, services, and insurance they need.A fallacy about Indi

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Protecting Our Elders
Deb Starnes on 02/03/2022

Protecting Our Elders

Ten percent of IHCRC's annual patient population are ages 65 and up. Another 1,500 are ages 55 to 64. According to the U.S. Census, 14.2% or 6,387 of Tulsa County's population are Native American ages 65+. Elders in Native American societies play a vital role in the preservation of Indian culture. E

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A Guide for American Indian and Alaska Native Families During Quarantine
Deb Starnes on 01/24/2022

A Guide for American Indian and Alaska Native Families During Quarantine

When part of a routine, children can develop relationships with those they interact with during those activities, and it can help support a sense of belonging and self-confidence. As they grow, they will be able to follow routines, begin to demonstrate independence, and more easily adjust to change.

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People.
Stacie Nutt on 01/12/2022

People.

The last two years have been all about separating ourselves from… you know… people. Other people. Those people. Them. As much as I want to believe, still, that pre-pandemic normalcy is surely right around the corner, I struggle with a pragmatic belief that we probably are living our new normal and m

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Celebrating 45 Years with Carmelita Skeeter
Deb Starnes on 08/15/2021

Celebrating 45 Years with Carmelita Skeeter

Carmelita began her career at IHCRC in 1976 when she helped survey residents to assess health needs of the local urban Indian population. Survey results showed medical needs of Tulsa’s Native Americans were not being met. When she was hired as one of IHCRC’s original four employees, the agency provi

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Transgender and Gender Identity
Elena Gore, MS, LPC on 06/14/2021

Transgender and Gender Identity

Most of us have heard about transgender people in the news recently, with multiple celebrities coming out and also multiple states attempting to pass legislation prohibiting treatment for transgender youth and preventing transgender youth from competing on athletic teams matching their gender identi

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Elena Gore, MS, LPC on 06/07/2021

Two Spirit

Two Spirit people have existed in the American Indian culture for centuries. But what exactly does Two Spirit mean?https://youtu.be/A4lBibGzUnE“Two Spirit” may sound like a new terms for most people, however, it has been around since 1990 in Canada. The term “Two Spirit” is used as an umbrella term

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When Can My Child Get a COVID-19 Shot?
AD Hopkins, MD MPH on 04/01/2021

When Can My Child Get a COVID-19 Shot?

With COVID-19 here to stay for the foreseeable future, many parents are left wondering how to protect their children. Schools are returning to in-person learning which can increase a child’s risk for potential exposure, and many parents are hopeful that vaccination can be an additional line of defen

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SNOW DAY
Deb Starnes on 02/15/2021

SNOW DAY

IHCRC will be closed February 16th due to weather. Stay safe and warm!

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Shot or Not
Jesicah Gilmore, MD on 02/01/2021

Shot or Not

Going into 2020, none of us knew what it was going to be like. Maybe you had plans like a vacation or graduation, a new job or a wedding. Or maybe you were looking forward to spending quality time with family that you don't get to see very often. Whatever you were hoping to do in 2020, COVID-19 prob

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4 Reasons to Rethink Your November
First Nations Development Institute on 11/24/2020

4 Reasons to Rethink Your November

At First Nations, we always put Native communities first – every day and with every opportunity. But for many people outside Indian Country, thoughts about Native Americans and Native communities can be fleeting, and come to the forefront only on certain occasions. For many, those occasions happ

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Circle of Blue: Pre-Diabetes
Jacquelyn Nickel MS, RDN, LD on 10/30/2020

Circle of Blue: Pre-Diabetes

A diagnosis of pre-diabetes can be confusing and scary but what is pre-Diabetes? A diagnosis of pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than what your doctor considers normal. This is usually diagnosed with an A1C reading. An A1C is a representation of a 2-3 month average of blood

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