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IHS and the Native Services Unit Partner to Deliver SMART Training

Dr. Beverly Cotton, the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, spent the morning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit team members and National Director, Carla Knapp, to attend their SMART Moves training in Atlanta, GA!

In attendance were four of IHS’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Purpose Area 4 grantees: Bay Mills Indian Community, MI; Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Community, NM; Aroostook Band of Micmacs, ME; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, KS.

This training day for the SMART Moves/Meth SMART program was hosted at BGCA’s National Headquarters. The goal of the course is to help Clubs members develop healthy lifestyle through the implementation of the SMART Moves program, which is designed to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as assist in postponing sexual activity. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to convey the philosophy and importance of SMART Moves, assess individual knowledge and attitudes, identify the program components, develop a plan to implement SMART Moves, and utilize the SMART Moves Evaluation guide and tools.

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CNCS Takes Lead in Recognizing Tribal Leaders

Recognition is a vital process to incorporate into our daily, monthly, and annual routines. It helps partnerships grow and flourish so that good work will continue throughout our communities. The Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) has created a special day to recognize and celebrate the hard work Tribal leaders, board chairs, and officials put forth to help our communities.

Known as “Recognition Day for National Service”, this day is designed to spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve. Tribal leaders, county board chairs, mayors, and county officials are all recognized for their service during this annual celebration. According to CNCS, 2,786 officials representing more than 150 million citizens participated in the 3rd annual Recognition Day in April 2015.

Recognition Day 2016

This year, on April 5, 2016, Tribal leaders, mayors, and county officials will participate by holding public events and highlighting the value of national service to communities across the country through available media outlets. Tribal governments have a broad range of responsibilities that includes strengthening communities and fostering civic engagement; these responsibilities mirror those of the CNCS. This coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. CNCS encourages participation in Recognition Day to highlight the impact of citizen service, support national service groups and inspire residents to serve their communities.

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