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16 January 2007 @ 01:30 pm

"The University of New Mexico has unveiled a multimillion-dollar plan to create a think tank that will put Hispanic and Native scholars at the forefront of the national debate on health policy issues.

“We are delighted to create a center that will one day strongly influence health policy in this country,” said acting UNM President David Harris.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation officials have given the university an $18.5 million grant - the largest private gift in UNM history - to establish a national center for health policy at the university. The center aims to help Native and Hispanic students who are pursuing doctoral programs in the social sciences.

“To create the best health care services for all Americans, the country needs a diverse group of leaders in Washington and in academic circles who represent the interests, cultures and needs of this incredibly diverse nation,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation president. “When it comes to health, one size does not fit all. We need to nurture and support a new generation of health policy leaders with diverse perspectives.”

Charlene Porsild, program manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy, will be searching the country for doctoral students. Candidates will be eligible for $22,000 annual scholarships. Students will be able to choose courses of study existing within UNM's political science, economics and sociology programs.

“We can recruit Hispanics, we have so many in the pipeline already,” said Porsild. “The biggest challenge is going to be finding Native Americans. We just don't have that many in master's programs who are going that direction.”"*

*I know some of you ladies would be perfect for this

x-posted to ndnz
16 January 2007 @ 06:00 am
Three Sisters Cookbook

Excellent recipes!
13 January 2007 @ 05:43 pm
If you were going to stock a new pantry - nothing at all in it - and you wanted to do it with foods native to the Americas (with a few exceptions), what would you be sure to include?

24 December 2006 @ 03:15 pm
My roommate and I have started again at trying to decolonize our diets. Tonight I prepared the following:

2 butternut squash pies (1 has an egg in it, and the other has no egg but it has vanilla added. I was out of vanilla when I made the first one.) - They have tofu cooked into them because they were originally a vegan recipe but then I decided it would cook better with eggs. I'll let you know how that turns out. (Where do soybeans come from?)

Cranberry sauce with jalapenos (but I fess up to adding a little sugar and a little sherry)

Mashed potatoes (I tried making these the other day with vegetable bouillon and rice milk but it wasn't as good as the recipe that uses butter and milk, so today's batch has margarine and lactose free milk in it)

My un-fried mashed pinto beans with jalapeno and garlic and onion came out great.

Also made a sweet potato souffle with walnuts and brown sugar on top.

The turkey was supposed to be made by someone else but she flaked so I had to buy a pre-baked smoked turkey which bums me out, but at least its turkey.

Once my friend K gets here I will have the egg I need to finish my wheat-free cornbread muffins. He is vegetarian so he is bringing faux-salmon. I'd prefer REAL Alaskan salmon personally. Most of the faux-meat-soy products have wheat in them and wheat seems to be at the root of my illnesses.

So I did it. Mostly American foods. Corn, beans, squash, potato, sweet potato, jalapenos and turkey.

I have to go lay down now. I have been cooking for 2 days. I don't know how people do it.
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18 November 2006 @ 05:30 pm

MA tribes seen lacking in income, health

By Stephanie M. Peters, Globe Correspondent | November 17, 2006

The state Department of Public Health yesterday released its first study of the health of Massachusetts' estimated 20,000 American Indians, finding that they lag behind the general state population in healthiness, insurance coverage, and per capita income.

Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed reported being in poor or fair health, compared to 13 percent of the state overall. The obesity rate of adults in at least one tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoags, was 2.4 times higher than the rate of Massachusetts adults in general, the department said.

Poor education and poverty are associated with poorer health, the report said. The per capita income of American Indians was reported in the 2000 Census as $15,889 a year, 40 percent below the statewide average of $25,592. American Indians also reported not having health insurance and being unable to see a doctor because of cost at a rate twice that of the state as a whole.

The study is also the first in the nation to include data collected by American Indian researchers in their own communities, according to the department. The study will be used as a benchmark to track improvement in American Indian health, said Public Health Commissioner Paul J. Cote Jr.

"This report will provide a starting point for research into the health of American Indians so that we can develop programs and target resources for this population," he said in a statement.
14 November 2006 @ 06:47 am
Check this out: http://www.indianz.com/News/2006/016888.asp

It's been put OFF again. Grrrrr.

I suppose I shall write a scathing letter. Something. I am so sick of reading that the renewel is put off constantly when people are getting craptastic care.
08 November 2006 @ 02:24 pm
nutrition articles (below the Tae Bo piece)
14 September 2006 @ 12:01 pm
I just had a sandwich with that Ezekiel bread. It's that bread that's made with sprouted grains instead of flour and therefore doesn't raise your blood sugar or anything, ie. better for us PCOS types who have to watch out insulin.

I'd been putting off trying the bread because I imagined it to taste horrible. You know, dry, hard, not like bread at all. But you know what? It was really good. Tasted like a nice organic grains bread, which I prefer anyway (I really don't like white bread at all).

Anyway, totally random but just in case there are others out there who have given up bread/limited bread intake, here's an alternative that was surprisingly tasty.
05 September 2006 @ 09:02 pm
Aanii everyone!

Miigwetch for taking the time to join in. Health is an important issue in our communities, so feel free to share what is on your mind.
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