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REACH Journey to Wellness

Racial Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

About REACH

The REACH Journey to Wellness program aims to improve health, prevent chronic disease, and reduce health disparities among Michigan’s American Indians through programs addressing nutrition, physical activity, commercial tobacco and adult immunizations. REACH tribal partners will address these disparities through policy, system, and environmental change strategies.  

Five tribes have partnered on this project: 

  • Bay Mills Indian Community  

  • Hannahville Indian Community  

  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi 

  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians  

  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 

Nutrition Resources

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Physical Activity Resources

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Tobacco

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Vaccinations

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Coalition

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Menthol and Other Flavored Tobacco Products

About

The high prevalence of menthol and flavored tobacco use in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities poses a significant threat to public health. Predatory marketing strategies by big tobacco companies on AI/AN communities has amplified initiation and addiction rates, further worsening health disparities. Menthol and flavored tobacco has been recognized as a catalyst for smoking initiation and addiction, posing an additional hurdle to quitting efforts. AI/AN communities encounter distinct challenges linked to the use of menthol and other flavored tobacco products, with the youth being particularly vulnerable to heightened risks. In a recent survey, 19.9% of youth in grades 8 report using vaping products at least once in their lifetime and 38.8% of 12th graders report having used vaping products. 1 Additionally,77% of youth surveyed in grades 8-10 did not perceive the use of vaping products as increasing their risk of developing cancer and other illnesses and nearly half of all respondents indicated that it was fairly easy for them to obtain vape products.1  

The harmful effects of menthol and flavored tobacco products extend beyond individual health, impacting community well-being and exacerbating existing disparities. It is imperative to address these issues comprehensively, emphasizing education, awareness, access to cessation services, culturally tailored interventions and effective policy initiatives to curb the prevalence of menthol and flavored tobacco use in AI/AN communities. 

Stanley, S. J., Kelley, D. E., O’Brien, E., Margolis, K. A., Navarro, M. A., Alexander, J. P., & O’Donnell, A. N. (2022). US digital tobacco marketing and youth: A narrative review. Preventive Medicine Reports, 102094. 

Food Farmacy

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan supports three Michigan tribal communities in addressing youth and adult nutrition related health disparities, including overweight and obesity, through a culturally and community-based Native American Nutrition Prescription Program – Food Farmacy.

  • Hannahville Indian Community
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Resources

Gigiigoo'inann Study

Explore the Gigiigoo’inaan App (Our Fish App) —an innovative tool developed by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCMI) and The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in collaboration with Anishinnaabe community members from the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) 1836 Treaty fishing tribes. This user-friendly app, available on iPhones, Androids, and the web, provides personalized recommendations for safe fish consumption in the Great Lakes and Bemidji Region. Tailoring advice based on factors like age, weight, portion size, and the waterway where the fish is from, the app is designed to help users make informed choices, safeguarding both their health and the environment.

Fish hold great cultural significance for the Anishinaabe, and their cherished fishing traditions face environmental threats. The Gigiigoo’inaan App is significant because it provides users safe fish consumption advices as well as healthy and easy fish recipes. This app has gathered positive feedback, with Anishinaabe fish consumers reporting increased confidence, higher fish consumption, and improved understanding of environmental health.

Join us in preserving fishing traditions and make informed fish-eating choices. Download the Gigiigoo’inaan App today!

Apple/iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mcwgiigooapp/id1447081687?Is=1 

Android/Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shorewoodtech.GigiigooApp&hl=en 

 
 
App preview screenshots below.

Three Fires Comprehensive Cancer Consortium

The Three Fires programs aim to decrease cancer rates, improve the quality of life among cancer survivors and decrease cancer morbidity and mortality for Michigan’s American Indians.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program aims to decrease colon, breast and lung cancer, improve quality of life among cancer survivors and decrease cancer morbidity and mortality for Michigan’s American Indians.

The Three Fires Cancer Consortium, addresses cancer-related health disparities among Michigan’s American Indian populations through the use of policy, systems and environmental change strategies.

Five tribes are participating in this consortium: 

  • Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Hannahville Indian Community
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community 
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Programs

Breast Cancer & Cervical Cancer Control (BC3NP)

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan supports Michigan tribal communities in reducing structural barriers to breast and cervical cancer screenings, follow-up diagnostic services, and cancer treatment.

Kwe Brave

Kwe Brave resource page for Native American breast cancer survivors and caregivers. Kwe is the Ojibwe word for women and aims to honor our sisters that face cancer diagnosis. 

Nutrition and Food Access

Nutrition-related chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, and heart disease) impacts many and can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle including physical activity and proper nutrition.  In an ever-changing world with a complicated food supply, nutritional knowledge is more important than ever to support healthy behavior change. The ITCM has initiated this compendium of culturally appropriate materials to increase both the knowledge and the consumption of healthy traditional foods to prevent disease and to achieve improved health. 

Resources

The USDA Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides food to income-eligible Native American families. Below is a list of FDPIR locations in Michigan.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
2608 Government Center Drive
Manistee, MI 49660

Ken LaHaye, Director of Food Distribution
231-398-6715
kenlahaye@lrboi-nsn.gov

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
824 Charlevoix Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770

Joe VanAlstine, FDPIR Program Specialist
231-242-1620
jvanalstine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
58620 Sink Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

David Halquist, Jr., FDPIR Supervisor
888-281-1111
david.halquist.jr@pokagonband-nsn.gov

Bay Mills Indian Community
12497 W. Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, MI 49715

Kristine Schwiderson, FDPIR Director
906-248-2528
kschwiderson@baymills.org

Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
3601 S. Mackinac Trail
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

Tony Nertoli, FDPIR Director
906-635-6076
anertoli@saulttribe.net

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
16613 Skanee Road
L’Anse, MI 49946

Darren Webb, FDPIR Director
906-524-7340
dwebb@kbic-nsn.gov

Cancer Prevention & Control Programs

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan works with tribes, state, and national partners to support effective cancer prevention, control, and survivorship strategies for American Indian populations.

Programs

Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Survivor's Story

COVID-19 Resources

What We're Doing To Keep Everyone Safe

RESOURCES, TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

This web portal is designed as a COVID-19 response to benefit the entire geographical area of Michigan both tribal and non-tribal through enhanced resource and information sharing, as well as joint communication and collaboration. The purpose of this COVID-19 portal is to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to support the 12 federally recognized tribes in conducting health activities in response to COVID-19.  

Community Resources

Healthcare Worker Resources

COVID-19 Data & Tracking

Provider Resources & Scientific Literature

From the White House

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

From the Indian Health Service (IHS)

From Other Federal Agencies

From All Other Agencies

Testing Guidelines

Emergency Preparedness

Vaccines

Telehealth Resources

Workplace & Facility Guidelines

Communication & Media Resources

CDC | Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Find COVID-19 public service announcements (PSAs) in multiple languages about what to do if you are sick, how to wear a mask, and other important topics.

CDC | Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

IllumiNative

American Indian Institute

UIHI | The 3 W’s Postcard
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MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Pause to Save Lives Infographic
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MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Social Gathering
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CDC cloth face covering building entrance
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CDC cloth face covering
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Face covering information
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COVID-19 fact Sheet
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Quarantine vs isolation
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Cloth face covering poster
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Social Distancing cloth face covering
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COVID-19 symptoms poster 11×17
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UIHI | COVID-19 Fact Sheets for Tribes and Urban Indian Communities
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MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Safe Social Pods Infographic
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COVID-19 Symptoms
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COVID-19 What you can do if you are high risk
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Important information about cloth face coverings
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Living in close quarters with large or extended families
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Prevention
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Center for American Indian Health | Weaving a Basket for Community Safety Against COVID-19
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Sick with COVID-19 Fact Sheet
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Stop the spread of germs poster 11×17
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Stop the spread of germs
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