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Important Victories for Native Youth and Communities

Tribes granted more power over Native children and commission established to address problems faced by Native youth
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National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
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Top 5 Presidents for Indian Country

Several U.S. presidents have stood up for Native Americans’ rights, concerning historic issues ranging from land rights and tribal-government relations to economic and cultural disparities. In honor of Presidents’ Day, we’d like to highlight five U.S. presidents who sought to help strengthen the voices and protect the rights of Native Americans throughout the country.
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First-ever School Environment White House Listening Tours Are Underway

The goal of this first-ever school environment listening tour is to hear from students, schools, and communities on ways to better meet the unique educational and culturally-related academic needs of AI/AN students.
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Dr. Iris’s eTea Break

Native Community Needs Assessments
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Minding Our Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
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White House Releases Plan to Curb Campus Sexual Assault

White House Releases Plan to Curb Campus Sexual Assault
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Dr. Iris’s eTea Break

In honor of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I would like to share a few reflections in my first eTea Break.
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Tips for Engaging Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings provide many benefits over face-to-face gatherings: reduced cost, increased participation because attendees don’t have to travel, archiving with little cost and maintenance, on-demand viewing, and less environmental impact.
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Did you miss - March 24th "Tribal Day of Action" for Affordable Care Act Enrollment? Don’t worry it is not too late to sign up!

If you’re a member of a federally-recognized tribe and under a certain income level, you might qualify to pay reduced or no costs for a private health care policy, including low or zero out-of-pocket costs.
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KAI Honors Women’s History Month

KAI Honors Women’s History Month with the 1-Year Anniversary of the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act
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The Dreams and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Live On

The MLK Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.
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Happy Holidays from KAI!

Your friends at KAI wish you and your family the very best this holiday season!
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Champions for Change Working to Improve Oral Health Care in Indian Country

Joaquin Gallegos, the gifted college senior who in 2012 co-led an assessment of dental health on the Santo Domingo Pueblo, was one of five “2013 Champions for Change” who shared success stories and priorities for Indian Country at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, November 12.

Indian Law and Order Commission: Give More Authority to Tribes

One of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems servicing Native American and Alaska Native communities was transmitted today to Congress and the President, along with 40 recommendations to make tribal communities safer.

New health insurance options available October 1st

Open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces started today at 12:01 a.m. Those who would like to learn more about what is available will be able to get the facts, learn about assistance resources, and apply for coverage...

Stop Violence Against Women Day – September 27th

The first annual Stop Violence Against Women Day is taking place today, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be hosting a Health Resource Fair at the Coeur d’Alene Resort & Casino’s Event Center from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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September is National Preparedness Month

Are you and your family prepared to respond to a natural or manmade disaster? September is National Preparedness Month, and KAI recommends you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared.
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Federal Government to Consult with Tribes on ACA Hardship Exemption

As the federal and state Health Exchange Marketplaces get ready to open October 1, representatives of the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services are holding a conference call to consult with tribal leaders on the documents American Indians and Alaska Natives will need to apply for hardship exemptions to excuse them from penalties for not obtaining health insurance.

New Executive Order Promoting Self-Governance and Establishing the First White House Council on Native American Affairs

These past years have been very exciting for Indian Country with adoptions of formal tribal consultation policies in federal agencies, the Cobell Settlement, and the renewal of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act inside the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Now we can add one more to the list of actions happening.
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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Have you been tested? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine HIV screening in health care settings for adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65. Testing is essential for prevention, treatment, and care, and knowledge of one’s HIV status is important for preventing the spread of disease.
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Celebrating National Public Health Week, April 1-7

KAI joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) and hundreds of communities across the country in celebrating National Public Health Week , April 1–7.
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March 26 is Diabetes Alert Day

One out of every four Americans with diabetes doesn’t even know they have it. Could that include you? Why not make the most of Diabetes Alert Day, March 26, to take a simple online risk test and help protect your health?
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KAI Promotes Dental Therapists in This Week From Indian Country Today

American Indians and Alaska Natives have more untreated tooth decay and gum disease than any other population group. There are simply not enough dental professionals to meet the huge backlog of untreated disease—let alone to educate patients about oral health.
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Tribes Can Now Request Emergency or Disaster Declaration Directly From the President

Earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013. The Act includes a provision that allows federally recognized tribal governments authority to request emergency or major disaster declaration directly from the president of the United States.
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KAI Selected for NIH PICS Award

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of its select contractors under its Public Information and Communications Services (PICS) contract vehicle.
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KAI Receives Gold MarCom Award for Public Health Work

KAI recently received exciting news that our company won a Gold MarCom Award for “Protect the Circle of Life” marketing materials developed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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National Influenza Vaccination Week: Dec. 2-8

Did you know American Indians and Alaska Natives are up to four times more likely than the general U.S. population to die from pneumonia and other influenza-related conditions?
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Honoring Our Veterans

American Indian and Alaska Native people enlist in the armed forces at rates that are twice as high per capita as other racial groups. At home, veterans are given special respect for undertaking personal sacrifice for protecting their communities. Unfortunately, Native veterans, especially those who live in remote areas, have a harder time getting the benefits to which they are entitled.
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KAI Awarded Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Contract

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI), a Native American, woman-owned small business with offices in Spokane, WA, and Silver Spring, MD, has been awarded a new contract from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) within the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women and the second most fatal. It’s vital that AI/AN women take an active role in protecting their health. Learn how...
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Preparing for Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month and the news from the Gulf Coast, where residents are recovering from Hurricane Isaac, underscores the importance of planning for unforeseen emergencies.
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KAI Welcomes Lin Leslie as Director of Business Development

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is delighted to announce that Lin Leslie has joined the company as director of business development. She started work in the company’s Silver Spring, MD, office on July 23.
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KAI Earns 2012 Hermes Creative Award for SAMHSA Brochure

KAI recently received a second award for A Circle of Communities brochure created for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Native Aspirations project. This time, KAI was recognized with a Gold 2012 Hermes Creative Award.
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KAI Receives 2012 Communicator Awards

KAI received good news recently that our company won a 2012 Communicator Award of Excellence for A Circle of Communities, a brochure about Native Aspirations, a community-based project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), and a 2012 Communicator Award of Distinction for Walking on Common Ground, a Web site developed by the company for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI).
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SAMHSA Honors Resilient Youth and Their “Heroes of Hope”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) held its National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event. This year’s event was themed “Heroes of Hope” and featured Grammy-winning artist Cyndi Lauper, youth performers who overcame trauma, and the heroes who helped those youth find their way.
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Welcome KAI’s New Director of Research and Evaluation Dr. Ramya Sundararaman!

Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to welcome Ramya Sundararaman, MD, MPH, PMP, the company’s new Director of Research and Evaluation.
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Using Smartphones to Preserve Native Languages

Like everybody else, American Indians and Alaska Natives use smartphones to communicate, buy products and play games. Now there’s a new iPhone app that offers a hint that smartphones could help preserve Native languages and cultures.
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Fighting Heart Disease and Stroke

February is American Heart Month. It’s a time for us to focus on raising awareness about heart disease and stroke – the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States affecting more than 80 million people.

Tribal College Basketball: A Link to Culture, Hope, and Success

Basketball is a big deal in many American Indian communities, with star players being viewed as heroes and community pride resting on high school championships. An article in the current issue of the NCAA’s Champion magazine highlights basketball programs at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
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Consulting with Tribes – A Federal Responsibility

American Indian Tribes have a special relationship with the Federal Government. In 2009, the President issued a memorandum reaffirming the government-to-government relationship between Tribal Nations and the Federal Government, which includes regular consultation prior to taking actions that affect tribal governments.
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President Obama Takes Action on Indian Education

On December 2nd, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13592 on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.
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KAI's President Speaks at CNCS Urban American Indian Summit

This week, KAI President Jo Ann Kauffman was honored to give opening remarks at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Urban American Indian Summit. What a wonderful opportunity to work alongside CNCS – a federal agency that shares KAI’s commitment to supporting American Indian communities.
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December 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

Getting a flu vaccine not only helps protect you but those around you by helping stop the spread of flu. December 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a time to emphasize that everyone 6 months of age or older should get vaccinated.
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New KAI Website Earns 2011 Gold MarCom Distinction

Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) received a distinguished 2011 Gold MarCom Award for its redesigned website at The site won in the small business website category.
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Thank You, Veterans!

KAI salutes military veterans and their service to our nation.
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Colors and Their Meaning

Color drives design, branding, and buying decisions. Here are some findings and observations about colors - several particularly important in many American Indian cultures.
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Promoting Oral Health

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Expanding access to oral health care is a public health issue we have advanced at KAI.
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Social Media + Conversations = Change

Government, nonprofits, associations, and businesses are increasingly adding social media strategies to their marketing and public relations mix.
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KAI work featured in ICT article on Dental Therapy Project

KAI, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is working to bring dental care to every community through the Dental Therapy Project.
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Introducing KAI Conversations

We are excited about the launch of our redesigned website and the opportunity to share ideas through new and social media.
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KAI Receives Video Awards

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) has been recognized by two premier industry competitions, the Telly Awards and the Aurora Awards, for videos produced for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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KAI Receives Gold Ava Award

Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) has won a 2010 Gold Ava Award for its “Bringing Back Smiles” video created for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The video, which won in the nonprofit category, profiles the quality work of Alaska’s dental therapists who offer a successful community-led solution to filling America’s oral health gap.
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20 Years Doing Work That Matters

KAI remains a growing professional services firm, with a national reputation for providing high quality professional services in public health, education, and community and economic development.

Native Aspirations Community Meeting Addresses Youth Violence, Bullying, and Suicide

Elders and youth representing over 50 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages convened at the Doubletree Inn-City Center in Spokane, Washington, May 5 - 8 for a Native Aspirations Community Meeting that celebrated achievements in community efforts to overcome youth violence, bullying, and suicide.
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KAI Wins Communicator Award

Brochures, a calendar and related marketing materials created by Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Environmental Health and Engineering have won a 2009 Communicator Award of Distinction in the category of marketing/promotion campaigns.
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