Epilepsy 101

Jenniafer Walters with The Epilepsy Foundation of Oklahoma will be educating on epilepsy and provide first aid training on epilepsy. A seizure kit will be available for participants. The seizure kit is very educational and has a seizure DVD that each teacher and nurse can use for reference for years to come. We will also welcome questions.
Learning Objectives:
  • Different type of seizures and their descriptions
  • Side effects of seizure medication
  • What it is and how it is diagnosed,
  • How to handle a seizure and when to call 911
  • Understanding behavioral, learning and disorder associated with epilepsy
  • Additional information on how seizures effects children/teens
  • IHS OKC Area Oral Health Updates

    Indian Health Services National Oral Health Initiatives are formulated to provide systemic outcomes to achieve over a specific length of time. These initiatives for 2010-2018 include early childhood caries, periodontal disease, access to dental care, oral disease burden, perceived quality of care, and integration of oral health. One main focus is to reduce oral health disparities by increasing access to care and providing quality care as primary health care.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Identify six oral health disparities American Indians/Alaska Natives experience within their communities.
  • Understand the purpose of the Oklahoma City Area Dental Support Center.
  • State three strategic goals of Indian Health Services National Response to strengthen the oral care access of the American Indians/Alaska Natives population.
  • Tribal Cultural Competency: Understanding Cultural Sensitivity

    Tribal Cultural Competency (TCC) , what is it? Who is responsible? How do you apply TCC in the work environment? This presentation will define what is cultural competency, and how a Tribe can develop a training (TCC) to be used for non-Native entities or individuals. The main objective is how to overcome cultural sensitivity issues in the work environment.
  • Defining Cultrual Competency
  • Developing Tribal Cultrual Competency
  • Creating proactive work relationships with non-Native entities or individuals
  • Family Caregiving: Prepare to Care

    Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play. It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling bills. AARP will present practical tools, resources and guides to help you care for your family member or close friend.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the needs, wants and perceptions of American Indian and Alaska Native family caregivers.
  • Learn where to access tribal, federal, state and local resources to support a family caregiver.
  • Learn the importance of why employers should create a caregiving-friendly workplace and how to support caregivers in the workplace.
  • Respecting the Indigenous Relationship to Tobacco

    Many Tribes across the Nation have a time immemorial relationship with tobacco. Commercial tobacco abuse is highest amongst American Indian and Alaska Natives. Although not all Tribes/Villages have a cultural relationship with tobacco, this workshop will attempt to educate participants on a nationwide plan to encourage keeping tobacco sacred and reduce commercial tobacco abuse. Discussion will include traditional uses of tobacco and examples of medicinal plants used for tobacco; national Tribal, Urban and Indian Health Service plan to reduce commercial tobacco abuse, and cessation
    Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn examples of and traditional uses of tobacco
  • Participants will actively participate in discussions promoting commercial tobacco prevention
  • Participants will learn the six focus areas of a nationwide plan to reduce commercial tobacco abuse
  • What is Lupus & Why Are Clinical Trials So Important for Lupus Patients? Also, Referring Patients for Clinical Trials

    The presentation has two parts. The first contains an update on lupus including information on disease pathogenesis, therapies, and importance of clinical trials for improving therapeutic strategies. The second discusses culturally competent communication, past abuses of research patients, current protections for research patients, informed consent, and strategies for discussing clinical research including referral to research centers.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Apply techniques to empower patients to participate in clinical trials
  • Define the importance of minority involvement in clinical trials
  • Identify cultural aspects of trial participation
  • Summarize “two-way” listening skills between the patient and clinician
  • Describe how minorities are disproportionately affected by autoimmune diseases such as lupus
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Creating Awareness

    This interactive presentation will provide information about what are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and some prevention techniques in order to raise awareness. ACEs is the term given to describe types of abuse, neglect, and household challenges that may have been experienced by individuals under the age of 18. These experiences have been linked to reduced health and well-being later in life. CDC estimates that the lifetime costs associated with child maltreatment at $124 billion. The presenter will describe how these adverse childhood experiences can be prevented. Native Americans have protective factors built into their communities and families that can help mitigate the effects of these ACEs. Two brief videos will be shown, one that describes what ACEs are and the other will highlight some alarming statistics about the occurrence of ACEs in Oklahoma. The presenter will facilitate a discussion with the participants to gain insight into how to raise awareness of this preventable situation and spread the word throughout AN/AN communities throughout the United States.
    Learning Objectives:
  • The participants will be able to identify some Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • The participants will be able to list some mitigating factors to prevent ACEs.
  • The participants will be able to identify mechanisms to raise awareness about ACEs.
  • Rise Above: Empowering Youth Through Sport

    American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth are at risk of not reaching their full development potential because they suffer from the negative consequences of living in fragmented families, generally have low educational attainment levels, and many suffer from poor mental health. These development conditions are a determining influence on the chances of success later in life. Other issues, such as chronic poverty, historical trauma and the lack of responsive social service programs, exact large costs on individuals, their communities and society more generally; thus compounding the nature and scope of the problem. RISE ABOVE is a Native Owned and Operated 501(c)3 that highlights the positive image benefits of an active lifestyle to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and drug use by tribal youth in addition to improving their overall physical and mental health. By using sport as a modality to empower native youth to live healthy lives, RISE ABOVE aims to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for AI/AN children and decrease risk factors leading to poor mental health, suicidal ideation, incarceration, substance abuse and chronic diseases, such as diabetes. The project model is based on the Behavior-Image Model (BIM) that integrates the prevention of harmful behaviors with the promotion of healthy habits, in brief, locally designed interventions. It directly supports fostering the development of a strong sense of identity, developing skills to cope with challenges, supporting access to make positive choices, and fostering intergenerational, culturally responsive family connections in traditional and emerging modalities. The project yields benefits to AI/AN youth, the reservation based programs serving them, and tribal communities in Indian Country. Through a collaboration with RISE ABOVE, reservation-based programs serving AI/AN youth will have the increased capacity to design and implement tailored programs with local feedback and data, increased local coordination among child-serving systems, demonstrate increased in the delivery of trauma-informed care practices within child-serving systems, and increased cultural sensitivity in the delivery of support services for tribal youth. Our long-term community-wide outcomes include 1) the development of community advisory councils, 2) development of community-specific intergenerational action plans, 3) local/regional youth conferences and 4) increased local peer leaders. In addition, there are objective specific outcomes (short-mid range) expected to influence demonstrated needs related to family health, educational support, and positive self-image. This project will influence thousands of youth across Indian Country over the next five years and provide a generation with the tools to RISE ABOVE.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Awareness
  • Why working with children and creating resiliency at a young age is so important
  • Long-term positive effects for American Indian/Alaska Native Youth
  • Policy Updates

    State-level overview of health care policy issues and information regarding any recent changes in legislation that could impact health care.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding health care challenges in Oklahoma
  • Understanding State-level policy changes made in recent years
  • Understanding impact of health care policy changes on all Oklahomans

    GENERAL SESSION 7:45 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Open Registration

    8:30 – 8:35 A.M. Blessing: Clarence Yarholar

    8:35 – 8:50 A.M. General Session Opening Remarks: Governor Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma

    8:50 – 10:50 A.M. Keynote Presentation: Chasing Hope, Parents of a Child with Special Needs Alex Smith, Dr. Laura Riffel, Jenniafer Walters, Tara Hood, Aietah Stephens, Ellen Kimbrell, Anita Lena

    The infamous “diagnosis” should be the call to action for parents with children who have special needs. However, too many families transition into depression after a diagnosis. The constant emotional demands of parenting a child with special needs can result in compassion fatigue, burnout, and other health issues. Knowing how to navigate through difficult paths, setbacks, and hard conversations in your child’s development is key to finding solutions to short-term and long-term issues facing families and caregivers. As parents who “chase hope” everyday, our goal is to help other parents of children with special needs make sense of what’s out there in the form of help and hope. In addition, we need all hands on deck in creating greater awareness, acceptance, understanding, and accommodation in the general public. 10:50 – 11:00 A.M. Break

    11:00 – 11:30 A.M. Awards Ceremony: Youth Award, Community Advocate Award, Sally Carter Award

    Special Presentation: Sally Carter Tribute

    11:30 – 12:15 P.M. Plenary Presentation: Tribal Sovereignty and Why It Matters Casey Ross

    The session will focus on the development of tribal sovereignty as a legal doctrine, with a specific focus on tribal law’s protection of sovereign interests. Attendees will also examine the importance of tribal sovereignty in the context of public health programs, particularly relating to inter-governmental cooperation.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the legal framework of tribal sovereignty.
    • Articulate how tribal laws are designed to protect tribal sovereignty.
    • Understand why tribal sovereignty is important for American Indian tribes.
    • Analyze how public health programs and inter-governmental relations can be enhanced by an understanding of tribal sovereignty.

    12:15 – 1:15 P.M. Lunch Tribal Public Health Academy Presentation