NEWS and Avanoo Partners with MPHI to Provide Online Program for the Healthcare Industry

Trauma-informed, victim-centered, and evidence-based online curriculum for the health care industry, to broaden human trafficking education in the nation.

Okemos, Michigan — October 18, 2017 – through an innovative partnership with Avanoo and, MPHI is launching a new online curriculum with continuing education credits for health care industry providers.  The program is designed to create communities of practice where those trained can offer support to others in their respective fields to engage and empower human trafficking victims.  For more information on the curriculum and pricing, CLICK HERE.

With over 30+ years of curriculum and presentation experience, Patti Hathaway, M.Ed., CSP has co-authored with trafficking survivor and author Ruth Rondon, to develop Human Trafficking Awareness for Healthcare:  W.A.R. on Slavery.

Distinctive from other programs, the course is evidence-based, utilizing 49 medical research sources as the basis for 20 short, 3 minute online lessons.  The lessons allow staff to complete the course at their own pace, within a flexible time-frame.  Avanoo, an online learning management system, has a proven formula and learning platform intended for learner retention and team engagement.  The format is based on storytelling, micro learning, analytics, and chat features with the authors and fellow learners to create internal communities of practice within organizations, allowing those who have completed the courses to help educate others to affect change.  As stated by CEO Daniel Jacobs, “Avanoo at its heart and core is about helping people, teams, and organizations recognize the resources they have and be open to their potential.”

Continuing education credits are offered for the following providers:  health educators, health care quality administrators, nurses, physicians, social workers, and risk managers.  Organizational pricing as low as $20 per person, with continuing education is available.  Individuals may choose to sign up at a special invitational price of $40 per person, plus optional continuing education fees.

If you would like more specific information about the curriculum, please contact Sherri Hines at

Human Trafficking Awareness for Healthcare:  W.A.R. on Slavery receives praise within the health care industry:

“I just finished the eLearning.  What an incredible job you’ve done here!  There is so much value in each and every video, but it’s not overwhelming.  You give just the right amount of information and suggested actions.  This is going to be an awesome resource for so many!”  — Elise Hilton, HT Advocate and Author of A Vulnerable World:  The High Price of Human Trafficking

“I am the Clinical Staff Educator for the Emergency Departments at Lakeland Regional Health.  This education is effective because of the real-life examples given with each lesson.  The lesson then goes on to talk about what to look for and how to talk to the victim so that they do not feel more shame and will begin to trust you.  The videos also repeated the important info we need to say when we recognize our suspect HT.  Love the soothing background music and beautiful calm scenery.  The three minute daily videos give you time to digest what you have learned.  Very effective…”

“I truly cannot imagine what these survivors have gone through.  As a health care provider, I need to be able to stop.  Think.  Listen.  Not just to what’s being said, but all the other clues also.”


The Fight to Close the Racial Health Gap Just Got Harder

By Laura Bliss of The Atlantic CityLab

Repealing the ACA could eliminate groundbreaking initiatives that ease urban health disparities.  Bronx Health REACH is one.


Mother, daughter featured in statewide media campaign – Escanaba Daily Press – CLICK FOR MORE 

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REACH – Michigan Tribes Continue to Tackle Obesity with Ad Campaign


REACH – Journey and MPHI host Michigan Tribal Health and Wellness Quality Improvement Workshop



Tribal Home Visiting and Healthy Start Programs Host Quarterly Meeting



CDC Launchees 2016 Tips Campaign

Have a look at the four new new digital stories from ITC!

In the U.P’s Native American communities, early childhood education is getting a big boost!

 Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Awarded $994,621to Drive Down

Chronic Diseases in Seven Michigan Tribal Agencies

Program aims to improve health and reduce health disparities

Today the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan was awarded a REACH grant of $994,621 for cardiovascular disease prevention in  Native Americans residing within 7 Michigan federally recognized tribes and one urban Indian Health Services Agency:  The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa and Chippewa Indians , the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Hannahville Indian Community, the Bay Mills Indian Community and the American Indian Health and Family Services Agency in Detroit.

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) award is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grants, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.

Overall, HHS awarded $35 million in new grant awards to 49 local health agencies. REACH, a CDC program that began in 1999, focuses on racial and ethnic communities experiencing health disparities. REACH is financed in part by the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act.

Awardees include local governmental agencies, community-based nongovernmental organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian Health Programs, and tribal and inter-tribal consortia. They will use public health strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities.

“Comprehensive efforts are greatly needed in order to impact disparate communities and reverse social norms specific to smoking, physical activity, nutrition and health care”, said Ms. Noel Pingatore, Principal Investigator.  “For instance, because between 48% – 72% of the Michigan Native American population smokes, much more effort is needed to advance smoke-free policies than for a population with fewer smokers.  This premise applies to physical activity and nutrition, as well”.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Journey to Wellness Project builds upon work started through the Healthy Native People Coalition, along with sub-sets of local coalitions within each Tribe, and several state partners.  The project ultimately hopes to: 1) increase access to prevention, risk reduction and chronic disease management opportunities, 2) Increase access to environments with healthy food or beverage options, 3) Increase access to physical activity opportunities, and 4) Increase access to tobacco-free and smoke-free environments

Each tribe will receive a sub-contract in the amount of $75,000 for each year of the three-year project in order to support one full time Tribal REACH Coordinator.   “The tribal public health infrastructure is strengthened when each tribe adopts local culturally tailored strategies to meet its public health challenges”, said Cathy Edgerly, Project Manager.  “Our Journey to Wellness project will address the unique needs of the seven tribal communities by utilizing community-based participatory approaches to implement evidence-based policy, systems and environmental change strategies via local tribal coalitions, resulting in improved cardiovascular risk factors and quality of life.

To learn more about the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s prevention and wellness projects, visit


 Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Minority Serving National Organization’s (MNO) Success Stories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 23, 2014
Contact: Nicolette Warren, (202)

 – Six minority serving national organizations proudly release a new booklet showcasing their efforts to close the health disparities gap experienced by racial and ethnic minority groups.  Entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Minority Serving National Organization’s (MNO) Success Stories: How Six Minority Serving National Organizations are Working to Decrease Disparities, the booklet shares the experiences of the national groups and provides guidance to others committed to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through capacity building, education, policy and systems changes, and access to care for  improved disease prevention, treatment and management.

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) to address the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in the U.S. Through the REACH program, six National Organizations that Serve Minority Communities (MNOs) were funded to design and implement health equity projects that would work toward closing the health disparity gap in at least one of the following racial and ethnic minority groups: African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. The REACH MNOs focused on reducing disparities in one or more of the following health priority areas: breast and cervical cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, tobacco use, and infant mortality.

The booklet provides a synopsis of the efforts of each organization’s programs, partnerships, successes, and lessons learned during their five years of CDC funding.  A brief description of each MNO’s Health Equity Project is provided below.

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), with the help of its affiliates and partners, developed the National Asian Pacific Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD) to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Focusing particularly on communities in New York City, the Seattle area, and the Pacific nation of Palau, evidence-based information and culturally- and linguistically-specific materials were disseminated over the program’s five years. For more information, go to

The Black Women’s Health Imperative, along with its partners the Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta and South Side Help Center in Chicago, launched the SisterREACH US initiative to explore what is known about breast and cervical cancer inequities experienced by Black women in the areas of research, early detection, timely diagnosis, and access to quality treatment. Through this initiative, the Imperative and its partners advanced the science around effective strategies for eliminating barriers to education, treatment, support, and care for Black women at risk for or living with breast or cervical cancer; and educated decision-makers on the programmatic, health care delivery, funding, and legislative levels to increase understanding of the complexities and challenges Black women face in pursuing health.  For more information, go to

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, along with two affiliate organizations-Red Star Innovations and Hannahville Indian Community-disseminated evidence-based information and culturally specific materials about commercial tobacco prevention and control via program websites, newsletters, in-person trainings, webinars, and national conferences. Capacity and knowledge in tribal communities regarding tobacco control and prevention have increased, as shown through evaluations and success stories. For more information, go to

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and its PLACE MATTERS teams (local affiliates) built the capacity of communities and leaders to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. An integrated communications strategy using both traditional community outreach and social media, implemented over the course of five years, led to policy shifts that address racial disparities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and infant mortality in Baltimore, MD, and Bernalillo County, NM. For more information, go to

To address the disproportionate incidence and mortality rates due to cervical cancer among Latinas, the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) Institute for Hispanic Health, with the help of its community-based Affiliate organizations, developed and implemented a culturally competent and linguistically appropriate cervical cancer prevention intervention called Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte (Healthy Woman, Strong Family) in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC. Statistical analyses have found that Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte has increased knowledge, positive attitudes, self-efficacy, and intent to screen for cervical cancer among Latina community members. For more information, go to

The Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) Health Equity Project focused on promoting healthy lifestyles to prevent, manage, and delay the onset of diabetes and to reduce the prevalence of risk factors for chronic diseases. The healthy lifestyle interventions concentrated on increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and reduced tobacco use among an African American/Black population in the rural area of Jenkins County, GA, and an American Indian/Alaska Native population in the urban area of Oakland, CA. National SOPHE continues to expand the number of its Chapters and their partners who implement evidence-based programs within minority communities. For more information, go to

The booklet is available free online


Dept. of Health & Human Services
HHS announces nearly $212 million in grants to prevent chronic diseases

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and help lower our nation’s health care costs.

Read more about today’s announcement

Podcast on Lung Cancer Screening

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the second of four podcasts, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Lung Cancer Screening.” These podcasts continue the exploration of key topics covered at Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 16th annual national conference Dialogue for Action™: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening.

This free and informative podcast features speakers: Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lung Cancer Alliance, a national nonprofit, and Andrea B. McKee, M.D., Chief of the Radiology Oncology Department at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.

“We find ourselves at a historic moment for the lung cancer community,” says Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

Tune in to learn all about lung cancer screening, what low-dose computed tomography is and the debate that’s underway regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services coverage of lung cancer screening.

Stay tuned. Check back in two weeks when we release a podcast on how to implement a successful lung cancer screening program.

Listen to all of our podcasts today, and visit for more resources on cancer screening.

Make sure to save the date for the 2015 Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening: Expanding Access through Innovation! on April 22-24, 2015, in Baltimore, MD

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigans SEMA Project

Dont Be a Replacement – Be an Original

Media Campaign Kicks off!

 What would you do if each year 79 Boeing 757-200 airplanes filled to capacity (184 passengers) crashed each year in Michigan?  Do you think Michiganders would sit up and take notice?  14,500 is the number of adults in Michigan who die each year from their own smoking according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.  Or, as one student was quoted as saying; “That’s a whole city.” (the size of Sault Ste. Marie, or Escanaba, or Traverse City, based on the 2012 Census)

Commercial tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death within our tribal communities.  Its use impacts nearly every organ in your body.  Over 7,000 chemicals are going into your body just by breathing in the tobacco smoke.  It gets into your bloodstream, lungs, and ends up sticking somewhere in your body.  Seventy (70) of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, according to the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking.

“To sell a product that kills up to half of all its users requires extraordinary marketing savvy.  Tobacco manufacturers are some of the best marketers in the world.”  Quoted from the World Health Organization, MPOWER Report, 2008.  The tobacco company’s aim is to make commercial tobacco use not only acceptable but fashionable, glamorous, and sexy.  Industry documents reveal that the companies carefully study the habits, tastes, and desires of their potential customers and use that research to develop their products and marketing campaigns, according to the American Cancer Society’s report titled, How Do You Sell Death?  Who are they studying?  Our youth.  Every adult who dies early because of commercial tobacco use is replaced by two new, young smokers.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s SEMA Project (Strengthening and Educating Michigan’s Anishinabe) worked with tribes in Michigan to develop a youth tobacco prevention media campaign to empower youth to take a stand against Big Tobacco companies.  The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the dangerous effects from commercial tobacco use, as well as, expose the marketing tactics used by the tobacco industry to entice our youth to experiment with their tobacco products with the anticipation of eventually becoming addicted.

The campaign; “Don’t Be a Replacement, Be An Original” kicked off on April 22nd.  During the months of May and June a push will be made to provide tobacco education to youth in various programs sponsored by the tribes and/or schools.  Coming in July, the SEMA Project will be sponsoring a You Tube Challenge. All of the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan, as well as, the American Health and Family Services Agency in Detroit, received campaign material to begin implementing in their individual tribal communities.

Please watch for posters and we hope you and your family attend presentations scheduled in your communities.


ITCM’s SEMA Project:  “Don’t Be a Replacement – Be An Original”

You Tube Challenge

July has always been thought of as the month of Independence, and this is the month that youth between the ages of 13-17 are invited to voice their independence from the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics.

The tobacco industry spends millions of dollars each month advertising, promoting, and sponsoring their products.  Millions of the tobacco industry’s customers die from tobacco related disease or quit each year.  The tobacco industry must replace them in order to survive.  Who better to target than young people?  They have many years ahead of them to purchase their product.  Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started before the age of 18.  “According to the American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey, once initiated, by the time our teens graduate from high school, they are already addicted to commercial tobacco products” states Deana Knauf, SEMA Project Coordinator.

Tribal teens will have a chance to declare their independence from falling into the marketing schemes of the tobacco industry by developing a You Tube video informing their tribal community they heard the facts and they choose to remain commercial tobacco-free.   Rules for the Challenge can be found on SEMA’s facebook page:  Your local SEMA Coordinator or tribal community health program/tobacco coordinator also has information on the Challenge.

You Tube Challenge entries must be submitted to your local SEMA Coordinator /tribal community health program by Friday, August 15th.  Once submitted the video’s will be judged based on the rules and guidelines found on the Facebook page.  Also located on the Facebook page are a few examples of You Tube videos that had previously been developed for other projects, just to help get you started.

The top three videos from each tribal community will be forwarded to the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s SEMA Project Coordinator.  Those videos will be placed on the SEMA Facebook page at:  All of the tribal communities will have a chance to vote for the video they think is the best.  Voting begins Monday, September 1st and polls will close Sunday, September 14th.  The top three videos will receive a People’s Choice Award to be announced on Michigan Indian Day, which is Friday, September 26th.  As the summer draws to a close reminders about the Challenge will be advertised.


Editorial from American Journal of Public Health: Addressing Disparities in the Health of American Indian/Alaskan Native People: The Importance of Improved Public Health Data

The New England Journal of Medicine: Nicotine Poisoning in an Infant

The New England Journal of Medicine: Candy Flavorings in Tobacco

Public Health Services and Systems Research:
Investigating Characteristics of Tribal Public Health System Organization and
Performance: Call for Community Research Partner

MPHI PHSSR Tribal PH Study QandA Summary to post and distribute
More information about this study here.

Native Safe Sleep – PSA


Noel L. Pingatore
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan


Download a full copy of the press release here.

CDC OSH National Networks

The Center for Disease Control’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) are partnering to support a consortium of national networks to advance commercial tobacco use prevention and cancer prevention. The effort focuses on populations experiencing tobacco-related and cancer health disparities. This program is intended to enhance the quality and performance of specific public health programs, public health data and information systems, public health practice and services, public health partnerships, and public health resources that focus on tobacco-related and cancer health disparities in specific populations. The five-year project began September 30, 2013 with an investment of $5 million dollars for the first year.
This five-year project expands the current national network model to increase capacity and infrastructure to address health disparities identified by CDC’s National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) and National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). It is predicated on the successes of previous cooperative agreements funding national networks to impact tobacco-related disparities and national organizations to address cancer health disparities. The partnership provides leadership on and promotion of evidence based approaches for prevention of commercial tobacco use and cancer. This includes facilitating and providing education, training, and technical assistance that complement other CDC-funded chronic disease program activities.

The awardee organizations and their areas of focus are:

National African American Tobacco Prevention Network: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact the African American population

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact the American Indian and Alaska Native population

APPEAL (Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, & Leadership): Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander populations.

National Alliance for Hispanic Healthcare: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact the Hispanic population.

CenterLink: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) populations.

National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the USA-YMCA: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact low socioeconomic population.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare: Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA): Addressing commercial tobacco and cancer disparities that impact geographically defined populations.

Keep It Sacred: To provide a forum for tribes and tribal organizations to obtain and disseminate evidence-based and culturally appropriate information in order to identify and eliminate health disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse.

Please join us in welcoming these National Networks to our National Tobacco Control Program.