Get Out the Vote

iknowmine staff - Thursday, July 05, 2012

Voter Registration at Indian Health Clinic Can Boost Indian Turnout at Polls

Can this be implement in Alaska? Does this occur in your community already? Share!

indiancountry:

Voting should be easy, almost routine. If it’s election day, we should vote. It’s that simple because it’s the very foundation of democracy. It is only when “we” have a say in what happens next, in our future, that governance meets the basic test of a democracy.

But, too often, that’s not the case for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This week the National Congress of American Indians called the problem of access to voting a “civic emergency” requiring an immediate fix.

(via indiancountry)

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Supreme Court rules Affordable Care Act Constitutional

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court rules Affordable Care Act Constitutional!

myplannedparenthood:

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court rules the Affordable Care Act constitutional - a major victory for the health of women and families. Today’s ruling means millions of women will have access to birth control without co-pay … Millions of women  - many of whom had no coverage or inadequate coverage previously - will have access to affordable, quality health care. Planned Parenthood congratulates the President, supportive senators and representatives, and the Supreme Court for making the Affordable Care Act a reality!

How do you think this will impact Indian Country? How will this affect IHS?

(via myplannedparenthood)

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US Supreme Court Upholds Indian Health Law and Obama Health Law

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 28, 2012

US Supreme Court Upholds Indian Health Law and Larger Obama Health Law

indiancountry:

WASHINGTON – In a major victory for the Obama administration, the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 has survived under the taxing power of the Congress, according to a widely anticipated decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28. Also surviving is the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), which was part of the larger law and paved the way to permanently reauthorizing some important federal and tribal Indian health-related programs and funding pathways.

Interesting, how many of you knew that the Indian Health Care Improvement Act was hidden inside of the Affordable Health Care Act?

(via indiancountry)

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Women of Color and HIV

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012
redpumpproject:
“ 85% of Black women with HIV contracted the disease through heterosexual sex.
Graphic from: US Conference on AIDS
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redpumpproject:

85% of Black women with HIV contracted the disease through heterosexual sex. 

Graphic from: US Conference on AIDS

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Fact: Average Penis Size

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012

How long is the average penis?

fuckyeahsexualhealth:

The average erect penis is 5 1/2 inches long, the same length as a sharpie marker.



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Planned Parenthood: How about Home Pregnancy Tests?

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hi! We're Planned Parenthood: Home Pregnancy Tests

plannedparenthood:

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Someone asked us:

Q. Where can I get a home pregnancy test? How much do they cost? How reliable are they?

Pregnancy tests are really accurate: Most work 99 out of 100 times if you take it after you miss your period. Pregnancy tests can be less effective if you take them too early or…

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Condom Use: Everyone of All Ages Should Use Condoms

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012
plannedparenthood:
“ There’s a ton of interesting info in this graphic, but it’s especially striking how condom use decreases with age, even with casual partners. Condoms shouldn’t be something you grow out of as you get older — the protection they...

plannedparenthood:

There’s a ton of interesting info in this graphic, but it’s especially striking how condom use decreases with age, even with casual partners. Condoms shouldn’t be something you grow out of as you get older — the protection they offer against STDs is unrivaled by any other form of birth control besides abstinence! Your high school sweetheart may not be in your life anymore, but condoms should be. 

source good.is

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Are we Really Helping? Re-thinking Safer Sex Messages

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Focus group finds rural NC African-American teens don’t identify with safer sex messaging

hellyeahscarleteen:

“In 2006, we recruited 37 black adolescents from two rural North Carolina counties to participate in focus groups exploring adolescent understanding of how primary prevention strategies reduce STD transmission, described common barriers to the adoption of prevention strategies, and identified risk reduction strategies adolescents commonly employ,” says Aletha Y. Akers, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh.

“What we found is adolescents understand how STDs are transmitted but consider primary prevention strategies like abstinence and consistent condom use unlikely or difficult to implement.”

As reported in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, adolescents in the study say they develop their own strategies to reduce their STD risk, which include indirect partner assessments like evaluating a person’s physical appearance, eye contact, and body language.

Girls who were interviewed often used regular STD testing as a way to fact-check their partners’ faithfulness. As long as they remained STD-free, they felt they could trust their partners’ commitment.

“This study is incredibly important because it shows us a disconnect between adolescents and the public health messages put forth,” Akers says. “We need to identify whatever misconceptions about STD transmission they may have and correct them.

Read the rest here or read the original study.

For a check-in on what safer sex is NOT — like what people look like, or only one person’s test results — you can have a lookie-loo here.

I feel like this is also true in Alaska Native/American Indian/NDN populations. True? Not true?

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ANTHC Hosts Statewide Tribal HIV/STD Taskforce

iknowmine staff - Monday, June 11, 2012
We’re hosting the Tribal HIV/STD Statewide Taskforce and have awesome speakers! #std #hiv (Taken with Instagram at BP Energy Center)

We’re hosting the Tribal HIV/STD Statewide Taskforce and have awesome speakers! #std #hiv (Taken with Instagram at BP Energy Center)

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Resources for Parents: Chatpacks!

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 07, 2012
Stuffing our Chat Packs for adults to talk to youth about sexual health. Sending 50 out across the state! #std #sti (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

Stuffing our Chat Packs for adults to talk to youth about sexual health. Sending 50 out across the state! #std #sti (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

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