Michigan Partnership, New Mexico Law, South Dakota Conference Focus on American Indian Health; New Jersey Project Teaches Black Women About HIV/AIDS
Central Michigan University: Under a partnership announced this week, health professions students from the school will spend part of their training at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center. The partnership will allow students to gain experience in rural health care and American Indian health needs, while the university will be able to provide American Indians with specialized health services. Through the effort, the university also will help with research and grant proposals (Ranzenberger, Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun, 3/7).
- New Mexico: Gov. Bill Richardson (D) has signed a bill (HB 236) establishing the Off-Reservation Native American Health Commission in Bernalillo County, where the largest concentration of urban American Indians lives in New Mexico. The commission will gather information about American Indians who live off reservations, including gaps in services, and work to find health funding (AP/KVIA, 3/3).
- SISTA Project: Famcare has developed a program, the SISTA Project (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS), in which black women learn about HIV/AIDS, including transmission and prevention. Participants meet weekly for five weeks and also learn about self-esteem, pride and how to equalize the balance of power in relationships (Laday, Bridgeton News, 3/1).
South Dakota State University: The school's student union this week hosted the 16th annual Conference on American Indian Histories and Cultures. The no-cost event, which was open to the public, had a theme of "Health, Healing and the Circle of Life: Native Issues and Perspectives" (Argus Leader, 3/6).