World Breastfeeding Week

August 1-7, 2015

Every August, ITCA WIC highlights the importance of promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. The theme this year is Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make it Work! The theme is focused on recognizing and promoting lactation support in the work place.

Worldwide, more than 170 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. At the community level, ITCA WIC clinics will be hosting health fairs, community walking and running events, and breastfeeding talking circles. Activities and events will help spread awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding, along with supporting moms in the workplace.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. Human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants. Breast milk is easy to digest and offers breastfeeding infants protection against bacterial and viral infections. Research indicates that women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding also helps mother’s health and healing following childbirth.

For more information about ITCA WIC’s support of World Breastfeeding Week or a local agency’s planned activities, please contact Claresa Bedonie at (602)-307-1510, or email claresa.bedonie@itcaonline.com. For more information and ideas on how to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2015, visit http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/.

United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) National Breastfeeding Week Proclamation 

EPA Office of Air and Radiation Tribal Air

http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/index.html

EPA Region 9 Tribal Program

http://www.epa.gov/region9/tribal/

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

http://www4.nau.edu/itep/

National Tribal Air Association (NTAA)

http://www.ntaatribalair.org/

Piktochart Demonstration Workshop

Greetings,

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) is holding a Piktochart Overview and Demonstration workshop on August 12, 2015 from 8:30 a.m-2:00 p.m.

What is Piktochart?

Piktochart is an easy infographic design website that requires very little effort to produce, high quality graphics.

What is an Infographic?

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly

The workshop will focus on describing the use of Piktochart for infographic creation, identify functions of the Piktochart toolbar, and demonstrate how an infographic is made using Piktochart web-based software.

Please register by August 10, 2015. To obtain the registration form e-mail TECinfo@itcaonline.com

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the ITCA TEC team at 602-258-4822 or TECinfo@itcaonline.com

 

Thank You,

Piktochart Demonstration Webinar

Greetings,

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) is holding a Piktochart Overview and Demonstration webinar on July 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m-10:00 a.m.

What is Piktochart?

Piktochart is an easy infographic design website that requires very little effort to produce, high quality graphics.

What is an Infographic?

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.

The webinar will focus on describing the use of Piktochart for infographic creation, identify functions of the Piktochart toolbar, and demonstrate how an infographic is made using Piktochart web-based software.

Please register by July 27,2015. To obtain the registration form please e-mail TECinfo@itcaonline.com

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the ITCA TEC team at 602-258-4822 or TECinfo@itcaonline.com

 

Thank You,

 

WIC Kiosk Software Development Request for Quote 15-05

ITCA is soliciting quotes from companies with experience in kiosk software development to create or upgrade custom software for kiosks in WIC clinics.

Kiosk Software Services RFQ 15-05

Current Kiosk Software

Information for Bidders

ITCA Contractual Provisions

ITCA Reporting Forms

Assessment Documents -   Congregate Meals / Respite / Home Delivered Meals / Socialization & Recreation / Personal Care / Housekeeping

Short Form Intake Document

 

Caregiver Reporting Forms

Non-Registered Form

Registered Form

 

Long Term Care / Ombudsman

Monthly Ombudsman Data Collection Form

Time Sheet for Staff and Volunteers(NEW)

Case Complaint Form

 

Public Benefit Outreach Project Form

Client Contact Form

State Health Insurance Program Public and Media Activity Form

Senior Medicare Patrol Outreach Event Tracking Form updated form

 

Enhance Fitness

 

Transportation

 

2015 Tribal Operator of the Year Award

Nomination Period Closed

The National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program, brought to you by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), is seeking nominations for the 2015 “Tribal Operator of the Year” Award. The purpose of this award is to formally recognize an outstanding and well-deserving water/wastewater system operator, whose commitment and dedication to providing safe drinking water or adequate sanitation to Tribal communities has directly lead to the protection of public health and the environment.

The selection will be made by the ITCA Program’s Advisory Committee based on a review of each nomination description provided on the nomination form. Each nominee will be notified by ITCA and encouraged to attend the Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting on August 26, 2015. Travel expense reimbursements will be available to eligible Tribal personnel for attending the Workgroup Meeting.

ITCA will acknowledge each nominee and present the award at the Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting, which is scheduled for August 26, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you would like to nominate an operator for this award, please complete the nomination form and return by mail, email or fax to ITCA as soon as possible, but no later than close of business on July 31st, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Tribal Water Systems Program by phone at (602) 258-4822.

Tribal Operator Advisory Committee Meeting, August 25, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Tribal Operator Advisory Committee Meeting

August 25, 2015
North Phoenix Campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU)
15451 North 28th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85053

The National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (the “ITCA Program”) was created to meet the needs of Tribal communities and is maintained “by tribes and for tribes” through oversight from the Tribal communities it serves. The purpose of the ITCA Program’s Advisory Committee (the “Advisory Committee”) is to have direct involvement by Tribal water and wastewater utility managers and system operators in the advisement and planning of the certification program’s continuation and growth.  Your participation is critical for the continued success of the program.

Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting, August 26, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Click Here: Announcement, Agenda and Registration

Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting

August 26, 2015
North Phoenix Campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU)
15451 North 28th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85053

Since 1983, the Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Workgroup Meetings have been a forum for Tribal water and wastewater system operators to share ideas and concerns with peers, attend short training sessions, and contribute directly to the continuing development and planning of the certification and technical assistance services provided by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA).  As professional Tribal water/wastewater utility and environmental staff, your feedback is vital to maintaining the quality and effectiveness of the Tribal Water Systems Program at ITCA.  You are encouraged to participate in the roundtable sharing session and bring ideas or suggestions to the meeting.  The ITCA Tribal Water Systems Program is your program and all input and suggestions are welcomed.  The Tribal Operator Workgroup Meetings help ensure that these services are genuinely “by tribes and for tribes.”

Invitation for Public Comment on WIC

ITCA is holding its annual public comment period for WIC from June 11, 2015 to July 10, 2015. You are invited to comment on the program and to assist in identifying opportunities to improve services.
Invitation for Public Comment

26th Annual Arizona Indian Council on Aging Conference

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

September 15 & 16 2015

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The purpose of the 26th Annual AICOA Conference is to promote healthy practices and socialization as a means to advancing the well-being of American Indian elders, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.

Conference Theme: Native Elders Aging with Dignity through Better Health

Registration is Closed !!!

26th Annual Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

26th Annual Elder Nomination Form

26th Annual Recognition Nomination Process

26th Annual Senior Prom Nomination Form

26th Annual Vendor/Exhibitor Application Form

Gila River Indian Community Business Application

Raffle Items

26th Annual Sponsorship Application Form

 

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Eagle Sponsorship

Colorado River Indian Tribe

Ak-chin Indian Community

 

Bear Sponsorship

 

Turtle Sponsorship

Tohono O’odham Tribe

Salt River Senior & Disability

 Helping Hand Sponsorship

Hualapai Tribe

Strickland & Strickland

Gila River Telecommunication Inc.

Ak-chin Farms

Tohono O’odham Utility

Hopi Elderly Committee

HWAL Bay Ba J Enterprise

8th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment

“Road to a Healthy You and Your Environment”
June 22 – 24, 2015
Marriott University Park Hotel
Tucson, Arizona

Purpose

The Eighth Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment will provide information to motivate and encourage youth to take responsibility for their overall health and become better stewards of their environment.

Objectives and Activities

During the conference, youth will:

  • Learn about health promotion and making healthy choices through fun and interactive workshops;
  • Bring awareness that people’s health and well-being are directly connected to how we all treat the land, air and water;
  • Prepare for higher education and become oriented to the University of Arizona

Target Audience

The conference is designed for American Indian youth ages 12 to 19 years old.

Location

The conference will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located at 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona 85719.

For more information about the conference location, visit the website at:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusup-tucson-marriott-university-park

Registration

The conference is open to the first 100 youth with paid registrations. Complete the following required forms (MSWord or PDF) and return to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), along with payment:

  • Group Registration (Chaperones must include their names on the registration form)
  • Youth and Parent/Guardian Release Form (Must be signed by youth and parent/guardian)
  • Emergency Contact Information Form (Must be signed by parent/guardian)
  • Chaperone Release Form (Must be signed by chaperone)

All registration forms are due by Friday, May 29, 2015, to ITCA

Computer-Based Testing Period #3, July 1, 2015, through September 4, 2015

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management Certification

Computer-Based Testing Period #3

July 1, 2015, through September 4, 2015
200 Regional Testing Centers Nationwide

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater personnel to achieve professional certification, ITCA is offering a year-round opportunity for eligible tribal personnel to take professional certification exams through Computer-Based Testing.  Advantages of Computer-Based Testing include scheduling a convenient testing date at a regional testing center at over 200 locations throughout the country, as well as immediately receiving your exam score.  The Computer-Based Testing Period is a window of time in which Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel may apply and test for the following professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.  This is the third of four periods for Computer-Based Testing during the 2015 calendar year.

Paper-Booklet Testing Session No. 2, July 31, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona

Registration is Closed

Paper-Booklet Testing Session No. 2

July 31, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU)
15451 North 28th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85053

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater system operators to achieve professional certification, ITCA is offering its last Paper-Booklet Testing Session of 2015.  A Paper-Booklet Testing Session provides Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel the opportunity to apply and test for professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.  Prior approval is required.

Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 Training and Exam, RESCHEDULED TO: August 10-14, 2015, Flagstaff, Arizona

Registration is Closed: Class is Full

Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 Training and Exam

RESCHEDULED TO: August 10-14, 2015
Northern Arizona University (NAU) Main Campus
Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Drive
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

Hosted by the Hopi Tribe Water Resources Program

NAWMA New Mexico Chapter Meeting, September 10, 2015, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Native American Water Masters Association (NAWMA)
New Mexico Chapter Meeting

September 10, 2015
Hosted by the Pueblo of Santa Ana
AMERIND Training Center
502 Cedar Drive
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87009

The NAWMA meetings serve as a forum for Tribal water operators to share and discus matters concerning their Tribal drinking water systems and for learning more about compliance with federal safe drinking water regulations.

Safe Drinking Water Act 101: Basics and Consumer Confidence Reporting Training, RESCHEDULED TO: September 21-23, 2015, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Safe Drinking Water Act 101: Basics and Consumer Confidence Reporting Training

September 21-23, 2015

AMERIND Training Center
502 Cedar Drive
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87004

The Safe Drinking Water Act 101 training course will explore the regulatory structures of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as it pertains to Tribal water systems.  Course subjects covered include:  SDWA history; regulatory framework and enforcement (including the nexus between the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act); Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and water quality constituents of concern; compliance monitoring requirements; interpreting and reporting sample results; and SDWA rules such as the Public Notice, Total Coliform, Lead & Copper, Groundwater, and Arsenic rules.  The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) rule will also be covered extensively.

Yogurt and Whole Wheat Pasta, Fresh Fruit and Veggies for Infants, now available on WIC!

Effective April 1, 2015, ITCA WIC added yogurt and whole wheat pasta to the foods available on WIC! Women and children participating in WIC will be able to purchase a 32 ounce container of a variety of plain or flavored yogurt. Loaded with calcium, vitamin D and protein, yogurt can be used for parfaits with fruit and cereal, as a dip for fruit or as a topping to tacos. Whole wheat pasta will be allowed as an option in addition to the whole wheat bread or tortillas, corn tortillas or brown rice currently offered. Whole wheat pasta is loaded with fiber and is so versatile- it can be used in soups, macaroni salads or pasta dishes.

Parents will be happy to hear that babies 9 months and older will have the option to receive a check for up to $8 in fresh fruit and veggies if their child is developmentally ready for finger foods! This allows parents to provide appropriate foods for their baby’s age.
Whole Wheat Pasta with Vegetables and CheeseYogurt parfait

Competing for Federal Grants Training

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is pleased to welcome the “Competing for Federal Grants” training to Phoenix, Arizona. We would like to invite you to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop. The training will be held March 23-27, 2015, at 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.

The Grantsmanship Center introduced the first grants training ever for nonprofit organizations and government agencies in 1972, and continues to lead the field. The Grantsmanship Center’s programs have been described as the “gold standard” of grants training. To date, the Center has trained more than 115,000 program planners, grant proposal writers, and decision-makers in nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies nationwide and abroad.

“Competing for Federal Grants” will equip you with the skills you need to develop proposals that will be competitive at the national level. The trainer uses recent application guidelines and funded proposals for presentations, classroom discussion, and hands-on activities. During the training, you’ll develop a workplan for proposal development, write key proposal sections, review proposals drafted by your peers, and have your own work reviewed by others.

This training is designed for all who need to:

  • Understand federal funding programs
  • Read and interpret application guidelines
  • Assess, realistically, whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
  • Assemble a workplan for proposal development
  • Develop effective, well-documented arguments
  • Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder’s requirements
  • Upon completion of the workshop, graduates receive a full year of free follow-up services through the Alumni Membership Program. These include professional proposal review and access to a comprehensive online database of foundation, corporate and government funding sources.

    The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is hosting this training to provide an opportunity to our tribal partners with the training needs and information to build program capacity and operate programs that comply with federal regulations and policies. As a non-profit organization, we know the funding challenges facing Arizona nonprofits and tribal communities. We believe that well-planned programs, like those that The Grantsmanship Center training emphasizes, are the key to increased grant support for organizations and communities like ours.
    Tuition for this premier training program is $1,195.00 ($1,095.00 for early registration). To qualify for the early registration discount, payment must be received 30 days prior to the start of the workshop.

    To ensure personalized attention, enrollment is limited to 25 participants. These workshops often fill to capacity, so we encourage you to enroll early. To register, call The Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860. Or you may enroll online at www.tgci.com. For more information about the training site, contact Africa Dorame-Avalos at (602) 258-4822 or africa.dorame-avalos@itcaonline.com

    We hope you’ll be able to join us for this special training opportunity on March 23-27, 2015.

    More Information and On-Line Registration

    Registration Form

    2015 TWS Training and Exam Calendar

    Calendar

    The Tribal Water Systems Program is excited to offer another year full of training and professional certification.

    The 2015 Training & Exam Calendar is now complete and has been mailed to our Tribal contacts.  If you have not received one, please contact our office.

    Feel free to contact our office with general questions or for more information on a particular event.

    We may be reached at (602) 258-4822.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Download the calendar by clicking on the image to the right.

    Online Training for Professional Development Hour Credit, October 2014, through September 2015

    Online Training for Professional Development Hour Credit 
    October 2014, through September 2015

    The ITCA Program offers free access to online trainings that are ITCA-approved for non-specific PDH credits for certification renewal.  The goal of this endeavor is to make continuing professional development training more accessible to Tribal operators for certification renewal purposes, thus reducing the need for costly travel.  ITCA purchased a limited number of access licenses from an online training provider to offer non-specific PDH training courses during the 2015 fiscal year.  These licenses will provide a certified operator with access to the online courses for a specified time period.  Course durations (the number of PDHs) vary, depending on subject and skill level being covered.  Please note the training contact hours earned from these online training courses are non-specific and cannot be applied towards the certification-specific 10 PDH credits requirement that is explained in the announcement.  ITCA-certified Tribal operators that have access to the internet are encouraged to enroll in this online professional development training program.  If interested, please download and submit the Enrollment Application Form below or contact the TWS Program at (602) 258-4822.

    Click Here: Announcement and Enrollment Application Form