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Wellness Strategies for
Community Health Representatives


Date: August 21 - 22, 2017
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Tuition:   $779


Today the Community Health Representative (CHR) is the link between the family and the clinic in many tribal communities. As the American Indian (AI) population ages, the CHR is providing services to many people who are experiencing the side effects of cancer, heart disease and diabetes - the top three causes of death of American Indians according to the Indian Health Service. This means that as a CHR, you need to know wellness strategies that you can share with the family members to help them stay healthy longer.

This class will provide you with in-depth information about how to take better care of yourself while taking care of others. We’ll examine recommended timetables for early detection screening, discuss preventative actions that you can teach to your clients and patients, and learn of other resources for health education about these three diseases in Native communities - including resources for support for patients, and how to establish a cancer survivor’s support group.

Come learn more about these three illnesses that are common in American Indian communities and explore culturally appropriate methods of improving wellness. Register for this important class today!


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Creating American Indian Cancer Support Circles
  • How to structure a support circle
  • Inventory checklist for cancer survivors
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Selecting circle learning topics
  • Using personal contracts
  • Making sure to meet local needs
  • Strategies for ongoing success
Cancer Detection and Prevention
  • Breast health:
    • Identifying breast cancer risks
    • Self-exams
    • Mammograms
  • Cervical health:
    • Risk factors
    • HPV information
    • Pap recommendations
  • Colon health:
    • Risk factors
    • How colon cancer is diagnosed
    • Screening recommendations
  • Lung health:
    • Traditional vs. casual uses of tobacco
    • Smokeless tobacco
    • Risk factors for lung cancer (beyond smoking)
    • Screening recommendations
  • Prostate health:
    • Risk factors for prostate cancer
    • Digital Rectal Exam
    • PSA test
Heart Disease
  • What is heart disease?
  • Prevention activities
  • How to reduce personal risks and reduce anxiety
  • Warning signs
  • How heart disease is diagnosed
  • Risk factors for heart disease
  • Preparing for an appointment
  • Tests and diagnosis
Diabetes
  • What is diabetes?
  • Risk factors for diabetes
  • Type 1 vs. Type 2
  • Prevention - Type 1
  • Prevention - Type 2
  • Complications
  • Preparing for an appointment
  • Tests and diagnosis
  • Treatment and drugs
  • Coping and support
  • Five Steps to Take Control
Lifestyle Change Recommendations
  • Healthy eating habits:
    • Identifying healthy traditional foods
    • Traditional food preparation
    • How to read nutritional labels
    • Measuring serving sizes
    • Food facts and myths
  • Increase physical activity:
    • How to get started
    • Supporting clients
    • Resources
  • Get social:
    • Create opportunities in the community for lifestyle changes
  • Reduce stress:
    • Encouraging fun, family, passions
  • Reduce/quit use of commercial tobacco
  • Resources you can use to support your patients/clients

*Topics subject to change.

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