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The mission of AASTEC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program is to honor tribal traditions and knowledge on the path to Native defined wellness through relationships, respect, compassion, and service for the LOVE of THE PEOPLE.
We aim to provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and resources to the 27 American Indian Tribes, Bands, Pueblos, and Nations within the IHS Administrative Area to promote community-level changes that support health and wellness and prevent and manage type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke and their associated risk factors, such as commercial tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet. This initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn about our specific strategies to achieve these aims by clicking the links below.
About the Tribal Commerical Tobacco Prevention and Control Project
The aim of the Tribal Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control Project is to enhance tribal efforts to address the burden of commercial tobacco within the 27 Tribes in the Indian Health Service (IHS) Albuquerque Area.
Key activities include:
- Inform stakeholders about the burden of commercial tobacco use, while honoring sacred uses of traditional tobacco
- Convene a multidisciplinary tribal tobacco coalition in the IHS Albuquerque Area
- Assess existing strengths, needs, and capacity for commercial tobacco control/prevention activities
- Offer trainings on best practices for commercial tobacco prevention and control
- Develop culturally appropriate small media to promote commercial tobacco prevention and control
- Provide tribal sub-awards to pilot test, implement, and evaluate commercial tobacco prevention and control initiatives that:
- Increase the number of tribal members protected from second-hand commercial tobacco smoke
- Decrease exposure to commercial tobacco marketing and availability of commercial tobacco products
Health Communities, Healthy Ways, Keep Tobacco Sacred: An eGuide for Tribal Communities
This Keep Tobacco Use Sacred eGuide was designed to assist tribal communities and organizations to identify resources, learn established best practices, and take action to implement comprehensive community-based, commercial tobacco prevention and control initiatives.
Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language
The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. We include community perspectives by actively engaging a national advisory body (NAB) of 14 transgender identified leaders from throughout the country. The collective experience of our diverse and talented NAB assures that our programs address issues that are timely and relevant to the community.
Policy Reports & Best Practices
Champions of change are people within an organization, agency, school, or medical facility that want to see their organization adopt policies and make changes that improve the experience of LGBTQ+ people in those organizations.
Bright Spaces, Welcome Places directory wants to partner with champions of change in mental health agencies.
Champions can be anyone in an organization.
Champions care about LGBTQ+ people and health equity.
Champions build coalitions with everyone, including LGBTQ+ colleagues, allies, peers, decision-makers, and administration.
Champions ask for and seek out training, especially multi-session training.
For support for organizational-level change for health equity, contact us.
Department of Health operates public health clinics that offer a variety of services to New Mexicans. This site is a directory of public health clinics. Each location has its own hours of operation, and a unique set of services. Please note that some locations require an appointment and do not accept walk-ins.
Services may include:
Testing Sexually transmitted diseases
Women, infant, children (special supplemental nutrition program)
Children’s medical services
Breast and cervical cancer screenings
The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Webinar on LGBTQ Health topics. https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/lgbt-education/learning-modules/
Technical Assistance for clinics to adopt LGBTQ inclusive policies: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/about-us/technical-assistance/
Buildings that have gender-free/gender-neutral restrooms create a physical environment that welcomes and affirms transgender and nonbinary people. If a building already has a single stall bathroom, it is easy to make it gender-free with a new sign. In fact, it’s the law.
For multi-stall bathrooms, there are many easy and free options to increase safety for transgender people.
See the Unitarian Universalist toolkit and signage resources.
Here is a Restroom Toolkit by the University of Maryland.
LGBT people suffer from stigma related health issues like smoking or mental health problems. When we fear a chilly welcome we avoid doctors, which means we also don’t get well-person care like cancer screenings. The first step in breaking this chain is getting LGBT people in regular healthcare; this tool can help you be confident of your rights.
Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index 2017
The HEI program works with in-patient healthcare facilities to adopt LGBTQ-protective policies.
This program provides best practices for LGBTQ equit and inclusion as well as free CME/CEU credits to participating healthcare facilities.
For mental health and medical agencies can better support clients that want to quit tobacco by setting up a QUIT NOW referral system.
Get help with:
• Upgrading to Electronic Health Records Systems (EHRs)
• Meeting Meaningful Use criteria for tobacco treatment
• Meeting Joint Commission standards
• Meeting PCMH standards
• Integrating US Public Health Service Guidelines for tobacco treatment
• Coding and billing for tobacco-related diagnoses and treatment
• Providing evidence-based, high-quality tobacco treatment and referral
For inquiries, or to sign up, please call 1-844-267-4497.
Free consultation, technical assistance, and training available for tobacco treatment health systems change
The program also includes free training and information on additional resources available
to help patients in New Mexico stop using tobacco.
You can view a 20 minute guide to tobacco systems change work in New Mexico here:
“I am Me” is an educational training video that explores the challenges our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face and how adults can be supportive allies. The video begins with the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and then explores the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth face through personal stories from young people and adult advocates. The video ends with youth sharing how they need to be supported and a checklist on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. More resources for training found here: I_Am_Me_Resource_Guide
This training is great for any adult who works with LGBTQ youth.