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 08/16/2021

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 02/16/2021

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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You Are Not Alone
Alyson Sparkman, LMSW on 04/23/2020

You Are Not Alone

While the fear of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, there is fear that cases of domestic violence will also be on the rise. While residents of Oklahoma are being asked or issued to practice social distancing and remain within their homes, which is crucial in reducing the spread of COVID

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Growth and Harmony Found in the Garden
Deb Starnes on 04/09/2020

Growth and Harmony Found in the Garden

The Encyclopedia of Britannica states that the instinct and enthusiasm people share for gardening occurs all over the world and over all periods of human history with the earliest known garden plan from Egypt in 1400 BC. The encyclopedia goes on to say that the shared human desire to garden is from

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Call Me Dr……..or Not
Deb Starnes on 01/03/2020

Call Me Dr……..or Not

We all have problems and people are always willing to help. However, getting advice from a friend is not the same as counseling or therapy. We all struggle with life’s problems: relationship problems, money problems, job problems, car problems. Bottom line is we all have problems. Many of us have fr

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Anxious About the Holidays?
Deb Starnes on 12/10/2019

Anxious About the Holidays?

Parties. Family. Money problems. Lack of time. All of these things cause stress and anxiety during the holidays. Often times we think simply avoiding something will relieve all that stress and anxiety. Anxious about seeing family who criticize you? Just don't attend the family holiday party. After

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When Holidays Aren’t Merry and Bright
Deb Starnes on 11/21/2019

When Holidays Aren’t Merry and Bright

Tidings of comfort and joy. Be of good cheer. Have a holly jolly Christmas. May your days be merry and bright. It is the season of giving thanks. We hear these sentiments almost daily this time of the year. Too often we fail to realize that the holidays are a difficult time for many people. Life

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Stalking is Far from Talking
Deb Starnes on 01/07/2019

Stalking is Far from Talking

National Stalking Awareness Month is observed on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. It has been observed the month of January since 2004.Did You Know 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States. 15% of women and 6% of men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during the

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