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.
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.
Native Community Needs Assessments
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
White House Releases Plan to Curb Campus Sexual Assault
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.
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.
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.
KAI Honors Women’s History Month with the 1-Year Anniversary of the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act
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.
Your friends at KAI wish you and your family the very best this holiday season!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
KAI joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) and hundreds of communities across the country in celebrating National Public Health Week , April 1–7.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to welcome Ramya Sundararaman, MD, MPH, PMP, the company’s new Director of Research and Evaluation.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kauffman and Associates, Inc. (KAI) received a distinguished 2011 Gold MarCom Award for its redesigned website at http://www.kauffmaninc.com. The site won in the small business website category.
KAI salutes military veterans and their service to our nation.
Color drives design, branding, and buying decisions. Here are some findings and observations about colors - several particularly important in many American Indian cultures.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Expanding access to oral health care is a public health issue we have advanced at KAI.
Government, nonprofits, associations, and businesses are increasingly adding social media strategies to their marketing and public relations mix.
KAI, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is working to bring dental care to every community through the Dental Therapy Project.
We are excited about the launch of our redesigned website and the opportunity to share ideas through new and social media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.