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Communicating in Indian Country: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

New ready-to-use communication tools on the topics of heart and brain health as they related to American Indian and Alaska Native communities were recently released by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the International Association for Indigenous Aging, with support from the CDC. These materials are intended to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of public health resources to address the connection between brain health and heart health.

The series of materials, Communicating in Indian Country: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain, includes posters, flyers, a provider guide, radio public service announcements and short videos with important medical information and key messages that include input from public health, tribal health and aging experts. Here's how you can put these materials into use:
 
  • Distribute the program flyer or posters at senior centers, inter-tribal organizations, health care facilities, health fairs and other locations.
  • Meet with your state-tribal liaison and/or tribal health leaders to discuss ways to utilize these materials.
  • Distribute the provider guide to health care providers and facilities within your community to encourage use of culturally aware messages and medical information.
  • Share with your partners and providers through newsletters and social media postings.
 
As an added plus, there is a workshop on this topic at the n4a Annual Conference later this month in New Orleans. See workshop 192 on Monday, July 29 at 10:30 AM. Learn more and register: n4aconference.org
 

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