Monday, August 3, 2015 – Midwives in Native America

Who was there when you were born? Usually, there are doctors – and maybe a midwife – at every birth in America. On this program, we explore Native views on birth and midwifery. We will also examine issues and trends for midwives who work in Native communities. Guests include Nicolle L. Gonzales (Diné), certified nurse-midwife and founder of The Changing Woman Initiative.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – Dementia in Native America

American Indians in Northern California have a 5 percent higher rate of dementia, according to long-term study conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the University of California. Additional research is needed to learn more about dementia in our communities. What are the risk factors for dementia? Can dementia be prevented? Having a family member with dementia can be a challenging and stressful experience, but resources are available for family members and caregivers. Join our conversation and share your experiences and advice. Guests: Dr. Heather Snyder – director of medical and scientific operations at the Alzheimer’s Association.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – Effects of Climate Change on Native American Culture and Tradition

Climate change is already causing sea level rises, drought and severe weather and Native communities are seeing the impact of those changes. In February, the U.S. Department of Interior allocated $8 million for tribal climate change adaptation and planning projects. Beyond the physical and economical damages, what changes in the climate affect Native ceremonies, traditional foods and cultural happenings?


Thursday, August 6, 2015 – The Stigma of Mental Illness

American Indian and Alaska Native adults have the highest prevalence of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Recent violent tragedies in the news have sparked a new conversation about mental health in the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience some type of mental health event each year. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy. It not be a common conversation around the dinner table, but are adults seeking the treatment they need? What can be done to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness? Guests: Dr. Art Martinez (Chumash) – clinical psychologist at the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Program.


Friday, August 7, 2015 – Preparing for College

According to the National Indian Education Association, 39% of American Indian/Alaska Native students who started in 2005 as first-time, full-time students at 4-year institutions graduated within 6 years. In the same time period, 60% of white students graduated. How can we better prepare Native students for the first day of college? Join our conversation with Native student success centers for tips on how to tackle your first years of college. Guests:

Pamela Agoyo (Cochiti, Kewa, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos) director of American Indian Student Services at the University of New Mexico, Layton Lamsam (Osage), 2nd year Medical Student at Stanford University, and Victoria LaPoe (Cherokee),  a professor of broadcast and film at Western Kentucky University.



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