Dental Awareness Month

April 2016

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, also called gingivitis, may also 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 Month Infographic

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/

Social Media Services Request for Proposals

ITCA is soliciting proposals from firms for social media services. See attached document for more information.

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National Nutrition Month

March 2016

For National Nutrition Month® 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ITCA are encouraging everyone to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”. Food works as fuel for our bodies and gives us the nutrients we need to fight off disease, heal wounds, bring life into this world, and more. Food is a source of enjoyment, a means of social gatherings, and something that brings us all together. Take this month to savor the food that does so much for us with some of these tips:

Enjoy Social Experiences 
Whenever an important event or holiday comes around, what do we all gather together to do? EAT! Gathering around food to share and converse with friends and family is something that puts everyone in a good mood. Even something as simple as a nightly family dinner has been proven to be beneficial in terms of strengthening family relationships as well as healthy eating. Savor those moments.

Appreciate Foods Pleasures and Flavors 
In today’s busy world, many of us eat on the run and don’t even sit down for a bite. This has resulted in many of us eating quickly and mindlessly. Slow down. Savor each bite and actually experience your food. Eating slower has been linked to eating less because your stomach has time to tell your brain it is getting full.

Flavor your Food in a Healthy Way
Sugar, fat, and salt are three of the things Americans tend to consume in excess.

Sugar: 50% of the sugar in the typical diet comes from sweetened beverages and another 25% comes from sweet treats. Try to:

  • Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like coffee or iced tea.
  • Buy low-calorie beverages or better yet, drink water! Try making it exciting by flavoring it with your favorite fruits or vegetables.

Fat: The average American eats 26 grams of saturated fat per day. That’s almost twice the recommended amount. To cut down, try to:

  • Use canola or olive oil for cooking instead of butter or lard.
  • Try baking, broiling, or grilling foods as opposed to frying.
  • Replace whole-fat dairy with low-fat or nonfat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Replace meats with skinless chicken or fish a few days a week.

Salt: Nearly all Americans consume too much salt and 75% of salt comes from eating processed and restaurant foods. Try to:

  • Limit salty condiments such as ketchup and salad dressing. Try a yogurt-based dip instead.
  • Instead of deli meats like bologna, salami, ham, and hot dogs, try baked chicken or turkey in sandwiches.
  • Skip the salt and try salt-free seasonings such as herbs, spices, garlic, vinegar, black pepper or lemon juice.

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit:

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Heart Disease Awareness Month

February 2016

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona WIC Program is increasing awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in the United States, particularly in American Indian women. Heart disease causes one in three deaths in women each year. That equates to one woman every minute. American Indians die from heart diseases at younger ages than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Thirty–six percent of those who die of heart disease die before age 65. February is National Heart Month so join us in taking a stand against America’s top killer, heart disease, because 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

The first step is becoming familiar with your family history. The information you provide will help your doctor be on the lookout for early signs of the same diseases in you and your children. Go to your doctor for regular physicals and screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol. This is especially important because heart disease may have no symptoms.

We can also take measures every day to help keep our hearts healthy.

Eat Well: Eat foods that will fuel your body by:

  • Limiting processed and packaged foods which are loaded with salt
  • Cutting down on fried foods such as fry bread, red meats such as mutton, as well as lard and cheeses
  • Eating more fiber through fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Drinking plenty of water everyday

Exercise Well: Manage your weight. Choose activities that you will enjoy doing such as hiking, gardening, or traditional dancing. You can do anything physical that keeps your heart rate up for 30 minutes 5 days a week. If you don’t have time for a whole workout, try doing spouts of exercise for just 10 mins a few times throughout the day.

Live Well: Try to adopt healthy habits that help manage stress such as smudging or exercise. Make sure you get enough sleep each night.  When you’re asleep, your heart rate and blood pressure go down. That gives your heart a much needed break. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake.

February is a month to take a stand against heart disease. Talk to your doctor and start making healthy choices each and every day. For more information, check out these r esources:

New WIC client video now available!

ITCA is pleased to announce that videos are now available in English and Spanish to help new WIC clients learn about WIC and how to use WIC benefits!

Check out the videos here!

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January 2016

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona is working to raise awareness of birth defects and to promote strategies that can reduce the risk of birth defects and their complications.  The National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s 2016 theme is Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects: Make a PACT for Prevention.”  Although not all birth defects can be prevented, the community can help all women, including teens, who could become pregnant or are pregnant to lower their risk of having babies with birth defects by encouraging them to follow some basic health guidelines throughout their reproductive years:

Plan ahead

  • Get as healthy as you can before you get pregnant.
  • Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Avoid harmful substances

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Be careful with harmful exposures at work and at home.

Choose a healthy lifestyle

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats and oils.
  • Be physically active.
  • Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.  

Talk to your healthcare provider

  • Get a medical checkup.
  • Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Talk about your family medical history.

January is a perfect time to call additional attention to the importance of folic acid in preventing certain birth defects.  The United States Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms (400mcg or .4mg) of folic acid daily to prevent up to 50 – 70% of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly.

You can make a difference in the lives of our families.

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2016 Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Examination Calendar

The National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program at ITCA is excited to provide another year full of training and professional certification in 2016.

2016 Calendar

The 2016 Training & Exam Calendar is now ready. We are currently preparing to have hard copies mailed to our Tribal contacts. Please contact our office if you would like to request a hard copy to be mailed to you.

Please view and download the calendar here: 2016 Training and Examination Calendar

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Feel free to contact our office with general questions or for more information on a particular training or examination event. We may be reached at (602) 258-4822.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Computer-Based Testing Period #2, April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Period #2
April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016
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 professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management Certification

Water Distribution – Level 1 Training and Exam, May 2-6, 2016, Bismarck, North Dakota

Water Distribution – Level 1 Training & Exam
May 2-6, 2016
Bartlett & West North Dakota Office
3456 East Century Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503

Hosted by Bartlett & West – North Dakota Office

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Agenda

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Wastewater Collection – Level 2 Training and Exam, May 16-20, 2016, Maricopa, Arizona

Wastewater Collection – Level 2 Training & Exam
May 16-20, 2016
Ak-Chin Water Reclamation Facility
42600 West Ralph Street
Maricopa, Arizona 85138

Hosted by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Water Operations

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training and Exam, May 16-20, 2016, Sequim, Washington

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam
May 16-20, 2016
Red Cedar Hall
1033 Old Blyn Highway
Sequim, Washington 98382

Hosted by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Facilities Department

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Coming Soon: Agenda

Safe Drinking Water Act 202: Compliance Monitoring and Lab Awareness Training, June 1-3, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) 202: Compliance Monitoring and Lab Awareness Training
June 1-June 3, 2016
TestAmerica Phoenix Laboratory
4625 East Cotton Center Boulevard, Suite 189
Phoenix, Arizona 85040

Hosted by TestAmerica Phoenix Laboratory

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 Training and Exam, June 6-10, 2016, Maricopa, Arizona

Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 Training & Exam
June 6-10, 2016
Ak-Chin Water Reclamation Facility
42600 West Ralph Street
Maricopa, Arizona 85138

Hosted by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Water Operations

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Certification

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training and Exam, June 13-17, 2016, Fort Yates, North Dakota

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam
June 13-17, 2016
Sitting Bull College
9299 Highway 24
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538

Hosted by Sitting Bull College

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam, June 20-24,2016, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam
June 20-24, 2016
AMERIND Training Center
502 Cedar Drive
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Hosted by the Santa Ana Pueblo Utilities Department

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Workshop, June 29, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Workshop
June 29, 2016
ITCA Conference Room 1
2214 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Held at the office of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA)

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Region 10 Tribal Water Operator Summit, July 13-14, 2016, Portland, Oregon

Region 10 Tribal Water Operator Summit
July 13-14, 2016
CRITFC Board Room
1200 NE Multnomah St.
Portland, Oregon 97232

Hosted by Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

FY 2016 Title III & VI Monitoring

FY 2016 Monitoring Schedule:

Water Treatment – Level 2 Training & Exam, July 18-22, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona

Water Treatment – Level 2 Training & Exam
July 18-22, 2016
Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant – Training Room
3030 W. Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85051

Hosted by the City of Phoenix, Public Works Department

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Region 5 Tribal Water Operator Summit, July 27-28, 2016, Prior Lake, Minnesota

Region 5 Tribal Water Operator Summit
July 27-28, 2016
Playworks Link Event Center
2200 Trail of Dreams
Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372

Hosted by the Mdewakaton Sioux Community

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

2015 Tribal Operator of the Year Award

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(September 17, 2015) For more information contact:

Maria Dadgar or Brian Bennon
(602) 258-4822
Brian.Bennon@itcaonline.com

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona National Tribal Water Program
Recognizes 2015 Tribal Water System (TWS) Operator of the Year

PHOENIX, Sept. 17 – - The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., (ITCA) National Tribal Water Program announced today that Mr. Eli Abeita, a member of the Pueblo of Zuni, was presented the 2015 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award during the recent ITCA Tribal Water Operator Workgroup Meeting held in Phoenix, AZ on August 26, 2015.
Over the past 30 years, the ITCA National Tribal Water Systems (TWS) program has provided training and certification for tribal operators so that they can provide professional water and sanitation services to their respective communities. This recognition award is presented annually to water/wastewater operators who have demonstrated exemplary work ethic, and community involvement while contributing to the high level of water quality within their systems.
Mr. Abeita, an employee of the Zuni Utility Department, was one of 9 nominees who received recognition for their professional service and dedication to maintaining safe drinking water and effective wastewater management on behalf of their tribal communities.
“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,” stated Maria Dadgar, Executive Director, ITCA.
The ITCA Tribal Water Systems Program works with hundreds of system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the health 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, Program Manager, ITCA, TWS.
“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.”

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Awardee: Eli Abeita, Water Operator for Zuni Utility Department and Maria Dadgar, Executive Director of Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

The Advisory Committee of the ITCA Program completed the review of nominees and selected Eli Abeita, who serves as System Operator for the Zuni Utility Department of the Pueblo of Zuni, as the third annual ITCA 2015 Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator of the Year.

“Mr. Abeita has now been with the Zuni Utility Department for well over 13 years, and has progressed to the point where he could be considered as an expert in his current field as a Water Distribution System Operator. He is also our Regulatory Compliance Officer and through his efforts, we have not had a violation throughout his employment. He is truly the best system operator that any water system could ask for; the Zuni Utility Department is truly blessed to have someone like him on board.”
-Strallie Edaaki, Manager of the Zuni Utility Department

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. would like to recognize and publicly thank the following 2015 nominees for the care, service, and dedication they have shown to their communities.

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ITCA 2015 Tribal Water/Wastewater System Operator of the Year nominees (from left to right);

  • Steven Pajarito, Santo Domingo Tribal Utility Authority
  • April Garza, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Public Works
  • James Patchon, Hualapai Tribe Public Services
  • Wayne Yazza Jr, Picuris Pueblo Environment Department
  • John Cruz, Big Valley Rancheria Water District
  • Eli Abeita, Zuni Pueblo Utility Department
  • Les Jodie, Dilcon Boarding School, Navajo Nation
  • Not Pictured: Weston Tso, Navajo Nation and James Real, Battle Mountain Band

NEW! Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1)

For Tribal Water and Wastewater Utility Personnel

The purpose of the Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1) is to create a standardized pathway for Tribal water professionals to advance into and ascend through the field of water and wastewater utility management.  The TUMC-1 is designed specifically for experienced Tribal water/wastewater utility professionals that are newly entering into utility program management.  The TUMC-1 professional certification is a voluntary mechanism that can be used to strengthen one’s career as well as the credibility and integrity of Tribal water utility programs.

Testing for TUMC-1 is available during the current Computer-Based Testing Period #4, which is available from October 19, 2015, through December 18, 2015, at 200 regional testing centers. Click the link below to register and apply.

Computer-Based Testing Period #4: Announcement and Registration

Please contact our office for more information by phone at (602) 258-4822.

Technical Assistance to Tribal Communities

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Tribal Water System Program is dedicated to providing technical assistance to tribes in order to develop technical, managerial, and financial capacity (TMF), as well as water & wastewater utility sustainability through education, access to resources, training, and technical assistance. The program partners with federal agencies and other organizations to ensure these services are available to Tribal Water Utility operators and managers.

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Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting

When: December 3, 2016 (Day 1)
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Conference Room 1

When: December 4, 2016 (Day 2)
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown {Tentative}
3600 North Second Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 604-4900
Training Topic: Nutrition

When: March 3, 2016 (Day 1) {Tentative}
March 4, 2016 (Day 2) {Tentative}
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Day 1)
8:30am – 12:30pm (Day 2)
Location/Host: Gila River Indian Community
Training Topic: TBA

When: June 2, 2016 (Day 1) {Tentative}
June 3, 2016 (Day 2) {Tentative}
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Day 1)
8:30am – 12:30pm (Day 2)
Location/Host: Yavapai Apache Nation
Training Topic: TBA