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HEALTH TOPICS - CHILDREN'S HEALTH

Our Health

Abuse/Neglect

Cancer

Dental and Oral Health

Diabetes
Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH)
The Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools program provides curriculumn research and evaluation resources. The "Health Is Life in Balance" curriculum has been designed to increase American Indian and Alaska Native students understanding of health, diabetes, and maintaining life in balance; to increase their understanding and application of scientific and community knowledge; and to increase interest in science and health professions among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

How is Diabetes Treated in Children
(Food and Drug Administration)


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
FAS in Native American Communities
(Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Community Resource Center)

For Kids
Darkness Calls
(Healthy Aboriginal Network)
This comic book is of a teenager, Kyle, who faces social problems and constant criticism from authority figures at school. He finds himself too overwhelmed one day at school and considers taking his own life, but his grandfather gives him hope with a traditional story-- a story of the struggle between good and evil over the spirits of youth.

Eagle Books
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

How Mother Bear Taught the Children About Lead (PDF, 3,877 KB)
(Healthy Environments for Children Initiative for the Penobscot Indian Nation)

Knees Lifted High
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Rain That Dances introduces Thunder Cloud, his best friend, to Mr. Eagle who encourages the boys to be physically active every day. Eagle Book Series animated feature [7:36 minutes]

A Plate Full of Color
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Introduces Miss Rabbit and the boys' friends, Little Hummingbird and Simon. Miss Rabbit teaches the value of eating a variety of colorful and healthy foods. Eagle Book Series animated feature [8:10 minutes]

Through the Eyes of the Eagle
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Introduces the characters of Mr. Eagle and Rain That Dances, the American Indian boy he befriends. Mr. Eagle reminds the young boy of the healthy ways and wisdom of his elders. Eagle Book Series animated feature [6:36 minutes]

Tricky Treats
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Introduces the character of Coyote, a trickster, and shows children the difference between healthy snacks and sweet treats. Eagle Book Series animated feature [10:50 minutes]

Infants
Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

Insurance
Insure Kids Now!
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Mental Health
Indian Country Child Trauma Center
The Indian County Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for Native American children and their families.

Organizations


Native American Programs agency
(Administration for children and Families, DHHS)

Parenting
Family Spirit Program Overview
(John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
The Family Spirit Program is an evidence-based and culturally tailored home visiting intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals as a core strategy to support young, vulnerable Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum.

The Warrior Within: Father Factor
(Administration for Children and Families, DHHS)
Motivational storyteller, author, and coach D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas inspires Head Start professionals and child advocates to persevere in their fatherhood initiatives and other programs. Vanas shares personal experiences of Native American traditions to challenge listeners to find and nurture the "warrior," or person who keeps fighting, within themselves. This video is 50 minutes long.
(This video requires the use of the RealPlayer, which can be downloaded from RealPlayer's Web site at no charge.)

Programs
Ride Safe - Child Passenger Safety Program
(Indian Health Service, HHS)



Tribal Child Care Technical Assistance Center
(Administration for Children and Families)

Research


Native American Child Health
(American Academy of Pediatrics)

Substance Abuse


Ethnic Pride, Biculturalism, and Drug Use Norms of Urban American Indian Adolescents (PDF, 216 KB)
(School of Sociology, and School of Social Work, Arizona State University)
This study examines how strength of ethnic identity, multiethnic identity, and other indicators of biculturalism relate to the drug use norms of urban American Indian middle school students. These results have implications for better understanding and strengthening the protective aspects of American Indian culture in drug prevention efforts.


Youth Regional Treatment Centers in Indian Country
(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS)
Experts from the Youth Regional Treatment Centers will cover services provided to American Indian and Alaska Native youth, success stories, challenges encountered, and recommended solutions. This is video is 58 minutes long.
(This video requires the use of the RealPlayer, which can be downloaded from RealPlayer's Web site at no charge.)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet (PDF, 3.6 MB)
(National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
This packet, which includes the Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook, Healthy Actions for Native Babies Handout, Toolkit disk, and Tooklit User Guide, describes ways to reduce the risk for SIDS among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) babies.

Honor the Past, Learn for the Future: Reduce the Risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (PDF, 1.8 MB)
(National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
This single sheet lists ways to reduce the risk for SIDS among American Indian/Alaska Native babies.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby (PDF, 938 KB)
(National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
This brochure focuses on risk factors common among American Indian/Alaska Native communities and explains ways parents and caregivers can reduce the risks of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death and provide a safe sleep environment for infants.


Teen Health
Dare to Make a Choice
After a dangerous event, Travis moves from urban Minneapolis to the rural Fond du Lac Indian reservation in northeastern Minnesota and positively changes his life.

This digital story was produced at Fond Du Lac Human Services, with assistance from nDigiDreams, LLC, and sponsorship from the American Indian Health User Group and the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine.
        Transcript (PDF, 10 KB)


Teen Pregnancy
Teen Pregnancy
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Vaccinations
Protect the Circle of Life
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)


Vaccination Coverage of American Indian/Alaska Native Children 2000-2001
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

Research and Tools

Turning "Yuck!" to "Yum!" (PDF, 553 KB)
(Health for Native Life Magazine from the Indian Health Service)
This article discusses the Suquamish Head Start program that introduces students to healthy foods. Includes a low-fat, easy to prepare recipe.

General Health Information

Children and Teenagers in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Children's Page in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)


Pregnancy and Substance Abuse in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Smoking and Youth in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Underage Drinking
(National Library of Medicine)

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