Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area IHS Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336

PURPOSE: The Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) was officially confirmed in 1984 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Everett Rhodes, IHS Director, Dr. George Bluespruce, Phoenix Area IHS Director and Tribal Leaders representing the Intertribal Council of Nevada, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Tribes in Utah served by Phoenix Area IHS. The Committee is comprised of elected Tribal Leaders and an Urban Indian health program representative. It provides advisement to the IHS on appropriations, policies and programs. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Tribal government and Urban Indian health program representatives. The meetings focus on American Indian health risks and policy concerns in order to discuss, prioritize and advise the Phoenix Area IHS.

Meeting Summary

Phoenix Area Strategic Plan 2018-2019
National and Phoenix Area Strategic Plan

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service CHARTER

Phoenix Area Health Services Master Plan

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Issue Letter
Tribal Technical Advisory Group Memo on Civil Rights Concerns

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS: STATE APPROACHES IN THE PHOENIX AREA

ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIAN COUNTRY Briefing Paper
TRIBAL OPIOID LEGISLATION – 115TH U.S. CONGRESS (2017-2018)

CHR ADVOCACY PACKET

Closely Spaced Pregnancies

We know you love your little bundle of joy. How could you not, look how cute they are! But with almost 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. being unplanned, we understand that many people may have wanted that bundle of joy a little later in life.  Luckily, families have more control over child spacing than ever before.

Most studies show that 18-24 months between pregnancies is ideal for multiple reasons including the health of the mother and the baby.  Check out some of the other reasons here:

Closely Spaced Pregnancies Infographic

Test your knowledge on pregnancy spacing:

True or False:

  1. You cannot get pregnant while breastfeeding.
  2. It is not recommended to continue taking your prenatal vitamin while breastfeeding.
  3. Over 50% of ITCA WIC moms spaced out their pregnancies by at least 18 months.
  4. One reason to space out pregnancies is to reduce the risk for birth defects.

Answer Key:

  1. False
  2. False
  3. True
  4. True

Whole Grains Month

September 2018

September is whole grains month and ITCA WIC encourages all of you to make at least half your grains whole! Consuming whole grains has many proven benefits such as reduced risks of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. The consumption of them can lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as improve digestion.

The Whole Grains Council has provided the following ways to slowly increase your intake of whole grains:

  • Buy three different loaves of whole-grain bread and taste all of them to see which one you like best.
  • Serve bulgur or brown rice instead of potatoes with dinner one night this month.
  • Look for the Whole Grain Stamp every time you shop.
  • Try a new breakfast cereal with whole grains as the first ingredient.
  • Buy some whole-wheat pasta and try it.
  • Make my favorite whole grain recipe for a friend.
  • On the weekend, try cooking a pot of steel-cut oatmeal.
  • Make pizza for the kids with whole wheat pita as the crust.
  • Serve hamburgers with whole wheat buns this week.

Whole Grains Infographic

Happy Whole Grains Month!

Consumer Alerts

Emergency Preparedness

Food Recalls

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Things you Need to know

WATCH OUT FOR Spoofing SCAMS!!!

What is a Spoofing Scam?

A Spoofing scam is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally, but also can be used legitimately, for example, to display the toll-free number for a business.

Information About Scams!!!

Recently, we have heard of a number of scams where individuals posing as Social Security employees call and ask for personal information like your name, Social Security number and bank account information. The caller alleges that we need this information so we can issue you additional funds or rebates or they allege that because of a computer glitch your personal information has been lost. If you receive any phone call with the number 800-772-1213 on your caller-ID screen, beware. While that number is the SSA’s national customer service line, the call is likely to be a technological trick that thieves are using to try to obtain your Social Security Number (SSN) or other personal information.

Another scam used an email that was designed to look like it came from Social Security. It provided information about the annual cost-of-living-adjustment and directed readers to a website designed to look like Social Security’s site so people could “update their information” — valuable information to identity thieves and criminals.

In an effort to combat such scams, we want to make one thing perfectly clear: Social Security will not send you an email asking you to give us your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or other private information. If someone saying they are from Social Security does email you requesting information, don’t respond to the message. Instead, contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to see whether we really need any information from you.

Whatever you do, don’t fall victim to a scam. Don’t give out your personal information.

Social Security and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) take these scams very seriously. We do everything we can to stop the perpetrators and educate the public. To report suspicious activity, please call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101.) A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at OIG’s website: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm.

You will always receive prior notification from us by mail or telephone before a personal visit is made. When in doubt, contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and we can verify the identity of the Social Security employee who has contacted you.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers a great deal of information on Scams and Safety.  Their website is http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety.

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Medicare Cost Sharing 

Important information recently comes to light

 

New Medicare Card Rolling out in April of 2018 

“THE NEW MEDICARE CARD HAS A NEW“MEDICARE NUMBER”

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.   This law requires the removal of the social security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019.  This new initiative is referred to as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI.) A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the social security number.  When the initiative gets underway all Medicare beneficiaries will be assigned a new MBI and be sent a new Medicare card.

The primary goal of the initiative is to decrease Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft by removing the social security number from their Medicare cards and replacing it with a new Medicare MBI which does not contain any other personal information.

Key information 

Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Number. The mailings will be staggered throughout the year,with completion expected by April 2019. The 2018 Medicare &You handbook will have information for you as well.

What you will need to prepare for are:

  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected,contact;
  • Social Security at www.ssa.gov/myaccount  t or 1-­‐800-­‐772-­‐1213.TTY user scan call 1-­800-­‐325-­‐0778.
  • Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. Social Security and Medicare will never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare number and card.
  • Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
  • Once you get your new card,destroy your old card and start using your new card right away
  • Protect yourself by making sure no one can get your personal information from your old Medicare card
  • Your new Medicare card will have a “Unique number” or “number that’s unique to you”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention project that
removes Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft and safe guard taxpayer dollars.

  • Providers and people with Medicare will both be able to use secure look-­‐up options that will support quick access to Medicare numbers when they need them.
  • The new Medicare numbers won’t change Medicare benefits .People with Medicare may start using their new Medicare cards as soon as they get them.

The primary goal of the initiative is to decrease Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft by removing the social security number from their Medicare cards and replacing it with a new Medicare MBI which does not contain any other personal information.

New Medicare Card

 

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2019 Open Enrollment Medicare coverage  for Part D is in the fall of 2018, from October 15 to December 7.

During this annual enrollment period (AEP) individuals can make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

  • You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
  • You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
  • And if you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

If you want to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must meet some basic criteria.

*If you are an American Indian /Alaskan Native and utilize Indian Health Services, You will need to know that Medicare Advantages plans are not accepted by your local IHS facility.

Auto-renewal is available

  • If you’re already enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan and you don’t want to make changes to your coverage for 2019, you don’t need to do anything during open enrollment, assuming your current plan will still be available in 2019.
  • If your plan is being discontinued and isn’t eligible for renewal, you would have received a non-renewal notice from your carrier prior to open enrollment. If you didn’t, it means you can keep your plan without doing anything during open enrollment.

Benefits and Premium changes for 2019

  • Be aware that your benefits and premium could be changing for 2019. So even if you’re confident that you want to keep your current coverage for the coming year, it’s important to make sure you understand any changes that may apply, and that you’ve double checked to make sure that your current plan is still the best available option. The available plans and what they cover changes from one year to the next, so even if the plan you have now was the best option when you shopped last year, it’s important to verify that again before you lock yourself in for another year.

* Medicare General Enrollment for Part A & Part B  is in January 1 – March 31 of every year 

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Public Benefit Outreach Flyer

National Breastfeeding Month

August 2018

Every year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month during the month of August.  This year’s theme of Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life celebrates how breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition and ensures food security for babies, especially in times of crises.

Nutrition, Food Security, and Poverty Reduction:

  • Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to formula feeding.  Breastfeeding can contribute to poverty reduction.
  • Breastmilk is FREE.  Not breastfeeding results in financial losses of about $302 billion each year. Families worldwide spend about $54 billion every year on formula.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy that can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity. Breastfeeding means food security for infants.

National Breastfeeding Month Infographic

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources:

WABA – World Breastfeeding Week
WHO – Breastfeeding

 

Tribal Dental Therapy Forum

On May 16, 2018, Governor Ducey signed HB 2235 into law that establishes dental therapy in Arizona and outlines requirements and permissions for dental therapists. Specific provisions in the law allow implementation of dental therapy in the Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Programs as soon as it is effective later this year in August 2018.

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Wassaja Foyer 114
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264

Memorandum and Agenda

Tribal Dental Therapy Forum: Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law
AGENDA

HB2235 – Chaptered Version

Background and Overview of the Forum
ALIDA MONTIEL

Dental Therapy Law in Arizona
KRISTEN BOILINI

Dental Therapy Authorization Comparison by State
KRISTEN BOILINI

Panel – Vison for Incorporating Dental Therapy in ITU Dental Programs
DR. JOHN MOLINA

Panel – Vision for Incorporating Dental Therapists Into Your Program
DAN HUBER DMD

Keynote – Utilizing Dental Therapy to Improve Outcomes & Efficiencies/Guidance on Training Programs
DR. TODD HARTSFIELD

Panel – Dental Therapists as Part of the Dental Workforce Model
DR. TOM BORNSTEIN

Panel – Working With A DHAT
SAVANNAH BONORDEN

Steps to Achieve Medicaid Reimbursement
CHRISTOPHER VINYARD

Indian Health Service CHAP Expansion Update
DR. CHRISTOPHER HALLIDAY

National Indian Health Board 2018 Tribal Oral Health Assessment Results
BRETT WEBER

Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program
DR. MARY WILLIARD

SIPI – Developing a Dental Therapy Training Program
VALERIE MONTOYA

Dental Therapy Rulemaking in AZ
WILL HUMBLE

Dental therapists linked to improved dental outcomes for Alaska Native communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

REPORT: TRIBAL DENTAL THERAPY FORUM – Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law (August 1-2, 2018)
KEVIN WHITNEY RUSSELL

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Portion Control

June 2018

Tips on managing your portions at home and when eating out.

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Upcoming Training

In-Person Training

Current Training Courses offered by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program (HMEP). All courses are provided at NO COST to Tribal Nations in Arizona.

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For more information or to request training courses, please contact: Nathan Nixon, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at: Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com

ICIN Meeting dates & information


Future ICIN Meetings:

Call-In Information
Phone Number: 1-800-832-0736
Room Number: 8215391#

Tuesday September 4, 2018 – Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. – Phoenix, AZ


Past ICIN Meeting Documents:

April 3, 2018 Meeting – Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Documents

Tuesday July 17, 2018 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Little America Resort, Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Tribal Law Enforcement News & Information

ICIN Resources

ICIN Resources

Resources listed here are for Tribal Law Enforcement and Tribal Communities for information and reporting purposes:

ICIN Links

State of Arizona Links:

Law Enforcement:

Certification:

Intelligence and Criminal Justice:

Federal Links:

Law Enforcement Organizations:

Age Appropriate Nutritional Foods

April 2018

Tips on age appropriate foods for infants and children 18 months and younger.

Age Approrpriate Food Inforgraphic

National Nutrition Month

March 2018

“Go Further with Food”

A Public Service Message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Whether you’re starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a workout, the foods you choose can make a real difference. March is National Nutrition Month, the time to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food.” Planning meals and snacks in advance will add nutrients, save you money and help reduce food waste. Here are some tips:

  • Create a meal prep plan that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  • Buy only the amount of food that your family can eat or freeze within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes – just eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.

In order to find a personalized plan that works best for you and your family, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. Learn how to go further with food and find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your area by visiting eatright.org  and following hashtag National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month Handouts and Tips for Families and Communities

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American Heart Month

February 2018

February is American Heart month and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the American Heart Association want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives by getting the word out on heart health. With cardiovascular disease accounting for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US, American Heart Month is an attempt to remind Americans to focus on their health. Check out the infographic below for more information:

American Heart Month Infographic

You can also help raise awareness, particularly on February 2nd, which is National Wear Red Day. Why wear red? It’s because February 2nd is a day that has been dedicated to helping raise awareness of the high risk of stroke and other cardiac events in women. By wearing red, you are helping spread the word that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Take control of your own health and encourage other women to do the same by knowing their numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Wear red, share your photos on social media, spread the word!

Native American Veteran Income Tax Settlement Fund

On November 22, 2000, the United States Justice Department issued a memo declaring that the taxation and withholding of state income taxes from active duty military pay of Native Americans domiciled on their reservation was impermissible. The United States Department of Defense began mandatory Arizona income tax withholding on all active duty military pay on September 1, 1993 and continued withholding Arizona income tax through December 31, 2005.

Beginning January 1, 2006, Arizona no longer taxed active duty military and therefore discontinued state income tax withholding on this type of income.

The Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund was established on July 1, 2016 to refund Arizona income tax erroneously withheld from Native Americans who served in the military while claiming tribal land as their domicile from September 1, 1993 through December 31, 2005. During the 2017 Arizona legislative session, House Bill 2158 was introduced to amend the original legislation when it was discovered the Department of Defense may have withheld Arizona income tax prior to September 1, 1993.

Effective August 9, 2017, refunds may be claimed for years 1977 through 2005. The claim form and additional information is available at the following websites:

AZ Department of Revenue        https://www.azdor.gov/NativeAmericanVeteranIncomeTaxSettlement.aspx

AZ Department of Veterans’ Services
https://dvs.az.gov/nasf-native-american-settlement-fund

Key Dates

  • December 31, 2019: The AZ Department of Veterans’ Services will not accept claims after this date.
  • June 30, 2021: The AZ Department of Revenue will not grant refunds after this date.
  • July 1, 2021: Any money left in the Fund will be swept into the general fund.

For questions, contact:

Verna Johnson
Project Manager
602.258.4822
Verna.johnson@itcaonline.com

Dental Awareness

October 2017

Taking good care of your teeth is not just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath.  A healthy mouth may help you ward off medical conditions.

Tooth decay is a significant health problem for American Indians.  In 2014, more than 2.4 million American Indians lived in counties with dental care shortage areas, and half of all American Indian children lived in a shortage area. In fact, preschool-aged American Indian children had four times more cases of untreated tooth decay than white children—43 percent compared with 11 percent. Studies show that it appears the prevalence of dental disease among American Indians is increasing. Read on to learn more about how poor dental health can affect your overall health.

Poorly Controlled Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you’re already at increased risk of developing gum disease. But chronic gum disease may, in fact, make diabetes more difficult to control. An infection may cause insulin resistance, which affects blood sugar control.

Cardiovascular Disease: Oral inflammation due to bacteria called gingivitis may play a role in clogged arteries and blood clots. It appears that bacteria in the mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. This inflammation may cause buildup of plaques in the arteries, possibly increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Preterm Birth: Severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery and giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Research estimates  that as many as 18 percent of preterm, low birth weight babies born in the U.S. each year may be attributed to oral infections. They suspect oral bacteria release toxins, which reach the placenta through the mother’s bloodstream and interfere with the growth and development of the fetus.

Nutrition: Sensitivity in the mouth or pain while eating caused by dental problems can affect the foods we chose to eat. This can result in elimination of entire food groups which can greatly affect our health. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any pain or sensitivity in your mouth during your routine checkups.

Start taking care of your oral health early on in life because you’re making an investment in your overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too. See the information below to find steps to care for your mouth in all stages of life.

Dental Awareness Infographic

Healthy Mouth –  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/

Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month

September 2017

This month aims to bring your attention to eating more fruits and vegetables, whatever that may mean to you. You could add one more to your plate, try a fruit or veggie that is new to you, learn about fruits and vegetables, teach your kids, or try a new recipe.

Why is it so important to eat fruits and vegetables? The American Indian population has among the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States. Studies have shown that among overweight adults, higher intakes of green leafy or dark yellow vegetables were significantly associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. More than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest dietary guidelines. Dietitians recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables.  Check out this link for tips to help meet this goal:

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/quick-guide-to-getting-more-fruits-and-vegetables

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National Breastfeeding Month

August 2017

Every year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating National Breastfeeding Month.  This year’s theme of Sustaining Breastfeeding Together celebrates working together for the common good, so that mothers are supported and protected in their breastfeeding efforts.   It continues to focus on sustainable development to better the planet for the generations to come.  Breastfeeding can have a beneficial effect on many different aspects of sustainability that may not be apparent.

Environment and Climate Change:

  • Breastfeeding uses less energy compared to making formula. It reduces the need for water, firewood and gas in the home.
  • Breastfeeding is earth friendly compared to formula feeding with zero packing, pollution and waste! Making formula involves dairy farming that stresses natural resources and adds to carbon emissions and climate change.
  • Breastfeeding creates less waste compared to formula feeding. Formula production and distribution lead to waste that pollutes the seas and affects marine life.

Nutrition, Food Security, and Poverty Reduction:

  • Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to formula feeding.  Breastfeeding can contribute to poverty reduction.
  • Breastmilk is FREE.  Not breastfeeding results in financial losses of about $302 billion each year. Families worldwide spend about $54 billion every year on formula.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy that can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity. Breastfeeding means food security for infants.

Survival, Health, and Well-being:

  • Breastfeeding improves the health, development and survival of infants and children.  It helps to improve health and wellbeing of mothers, both in the short and long term.
  • Breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of breast and cervical cancer. In fact, 20,000 deaths due to breast cancer could be averted if mothers breastfed.
  • Breastfeeding is essential for readiness to learn. Breastfeeding promotes brain development and helps with learning.

Breastfeeding promotion in the community and workplace can help improve all these aspects, but it requires collaboration and effort.  The more it is talked about, the more effective these messages will become.  WIC works to promote a positive attitude towards breastfeeding.  Let’s work to promote breastfeeding to help the lives of mothers, children, our planet and future generations to come.

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources:

National Breastfeeding Month Infographic

WABA – World Breastfeeding Week – http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

World Health Organization (WHO) – http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/

 

Hydration Tips

July 2017

Summer is here and so is the heat! During these hot days be sure to stay hydrated by following some of these tips.

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High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

May 2017

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and ITCA WIC would like to share some information with you. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk of certain diseases and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and seventh major causes of death amongst American Indians and Alaska Natives respectively and yet many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it due to a lack of signs and symptoms. High Blood Pressure Education Month encourages people to get their blood pressure checked regularly and to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. Check out the following resources to find out what you can do to control your blood pressure.

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5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure 
Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest
Definition, Causes, Treatment and Prevention of High Blood Pressure

 

 

2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/20/2018

Maria Dadgar,MBA
Executive Director
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
602-258-4822
Brian.Bennon@itcaonline.com

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

National Tribal Water Program Selects 2018 Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year

 

Phoenix, Arizona (September 20, 2018)The National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., (ITCA) announced Mr. Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in North Dakota, as the 2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year. ITCA presents the Operator of the Year recognition award annually to a water/wastewater operator who has demonstrated exemplary work ethic, and community involvement while contributing to the high level of water quality within their water/wastewater systems.

Mr. Ridley began his career as an operator for the Standing Rock Rural Water System and was promoted to Operations Supervisor. In his time as Operations Supervisor, Mr. Ridley has assisted in improvements to the supervisory control and data acquisition control system, continues to work on a project to provide GIS mapping of the water system, and has maintained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulatory compliance. Mr. Ridley is a certified Class III Water Distribution Specialist.

“Mr. Ridley is a great asset to both the Standing Rock Rural Water System and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” said Mr. Doug Mund, Senior Project Manager with Bartlett & West, Inc. “Mr. Ridley is recognized and respected by his coworkers, Tribal leaders, and his peers in both the North and South Dakota water communities as a leader in the water profession. Mr. Ridley goes above and beyond the assigned duties of his job and is a role model for providing service to others.”

Mr. Ridley was honored at the 2018 ITCA Tribal Operator of the Year Award Ceremony held on August 30, 2018, during the recent National Tribal Operations and Maintenance Summit in Temecula, California. A private award ceremony for Mr. Ridley will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Administration Office in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

ITCA received nominations for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year Award for operators working on tribal water/wastewater systems from all across Indian Country. Mr. Ridley was one of nine nominees recognized for professional service and dedication to maintaining safe drinking water and effective wastewater management on behalf of their tribal communities.

The following nine nominees for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year were recognized by ITCA at the National Operations and Maintenance Summit.

  •  Ethan Arch, Program Manager
    Eastern Band of Cherokee, Water and Sewer Operations & Maintenance Program,
    Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Veronica Flores, Lab Technician/Operator
    Pueblo of Santa Anna, Pueblo of Santa Ana Utilities Department
    Santa Ana, New Mexico
  • Bruce Fox, Sr., Operations and Maintenance Supervisor
    Three Affiliated Tribes, Forth Berthold Rural Water,
    Mandaree, North Dakota
  • Jerron Henscheid, Director
    Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Utilities, Omaha Tribal Utilities
    Macy, Nebraska
  • Leslie Jodie, Maintenance Technician
    Navajo Nation, Dilcon Community School Inc.
    Winslow, Arizona
  • Kyle Leon, Interim Operations Manager
    Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority
    Laguna, New Mexico
  • Margaret McPartland, Operations and Maintenance Lead
    Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Red Hawk Casino Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant,
    Placerville, California
  • Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Rural Water,
    Fort Yates, North Dakota
  • Dustin Voytoski, Wastewater Supervisor
    Ak-Chin Indian Community
    Maricopa, Arizona

“The need for safe and reliable drinking water and effective wastewater management is critical to the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and self-determination goals of Tribal communities throughout Indian Country,” said Maria Dadgar, Executive Director for the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.  “The ITCA Tribal Water Department works with hundreds of tribal water and wastewater system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the public health and environment of their communities.”

“The daily work performed by these public health professionals, who are often on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is admirable.” stated Brian Bennon, ITCA Tribal Water Department Director.  “Our team believes that exceptional operators, who go above and beyond their responsibilities in making outstanding contributions to their communities, should receive recognition for their dedication.”

Over the past 25 years, the ITCA National Tribal Water Certification Program has provided training and USEPA approved drinking water and wastewater operator certifications for tribal personnel working on federal trust land and serving tribal communities.  ITCA is the largest American Indian organization offering USEPA approved operator certification.

For more information about ITCA or the National Tribal Operator Certification Program, please visit our website at www.itcaonline.com, email TWSinfo@itcaonline.com or call (602) 258-4822.

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IMPORTANT: Postponement of Switching to the New ABC 2017 Exams

ITCA has postponed its use of NEW Certification Exams in 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA) National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program must postpone its switch to using the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) new 2017 operator certification exams. 

Until further notice, the ITCA Program will continue using the existing ABC 2012 Standardized operator certification exams for both Paper-Booklet Testing and Computer-Based Testing.

For more information about this postponement, click here: Postponement of Change

If you have any questions, please contact the ITCA Tribal Water Department at (602) 258-4822.
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2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition


2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition
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