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ASTHS Press Release: J&J Vaccine

PRESS RELEASE: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

14 April 2021

 

The AST Health System has paused its inventory of all Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccinations as per the CDC and FDA guidelines via communication with the I.H.S. OKC Area Office.

April After Hours COVID-19 Vaccine event

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1 - APRIL 29, 2021

AFTER HOURS COVID-19 VACCINE EVENTS

We care about the members of the communities we serve and are proud to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible persons.*

Visit us at www.asthealth.org or follow us on Facebook for future vaccine opportunities.

WHO*

  • Anyone over the age of 16 years old.

HOW

Walk-in only, no appointments. First come, first serve. Limited vaccine availability.

April COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

NOTICE APRIL 2021

COVID-19 & ANTIBODY TESTING

(Please enter the clinic for testing)

Little Axe Health Center, 405.447.0300

COVID-19 Testing

5:30pm - 6:30pm:

  • Tues., April 13th

Events

Free Medication Take Back event

AST Tribal Opioid Response Grant Presents:

Free Medication Take Back Event

Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal!

*intravenous, injectable solutions, and syringes will not be accepted due to hazard.

When: April 27, 2021

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Second Annual Seeds of Hope event

Second Annual Seeds of Hope event

Free Drive-thru Prevention Activity

Join AST Behavioral Health Prevention grants to receive a free goodie bag of seeds and prevention information.

Dates of events:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Little Axe Health Center

Building Our Future Event

Building Our Future: Creating Leaders of Change

Join the Native Connections Grant for our upcoming virtual event "Building Our Future: Creating Leaders of Change" featuring Native motivational speaker, Brian Frejo! This FREE & VIRTUAL event will provide Native youth with traditional leadership values for positive decision making, wellness, resiliency, and so much more.

 

Classes & Meetings

Native Connections Virtual Beaded Ornament Class

Native Connections is hosting a virtual class event on December 11, 2020 at 6 PM for our “Native Youth Beaded Ornament Class". The flyer has a QR code that can be scanned for the registration form, however, participants can register using the following link below as well. For additional information, please contact Angela Gonzalez at agonzalez@astribe.com or call 405.701.7995.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/ePhGJ176rGfkAHcJ8

Healthy Cooking Demo

Please join us for our March Healthy Cooking Demonstration Thursday, March 12th, at 2:00 P.M. in the Diabetes & Wellness demo kitchen. Free samples, recipe cards, & BINGO!

Menu: Stir Fry and Cauliflower Fried Rice

Questions? Contact the Diabetes & Wellness Program at 701-7977 or email at swarden@astribe.com

Youth Shawl Making Class

This event is open to all youth, ages 12 to 24 ONLY. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay and help your child. Our Native Connections Grant is hosting a shawl making class on Thursday, Feb. 13th beginning at 6 PM at the Little Axe Resource Center. To learn more and to reserve your spot, contact Margo at 405.701.7995

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Testimonials

The quality of care and compassion is above and beyond other health care facilities I have used in the past.

Graciela F.

Love this place

I love this place.  I think it is the best clinic I have been to.

Shelly

Good customer service

Very good customer service.

Anonymous

Criminals who plot to defraud the Government and steal money from the American people have a new target: people with diabetes.

Although the precise method may vary, the scheme generally involves someone pretending to be from the Government, a diabetes association, or even Medicare, calling you. The caller offers "free" diabetic supplies, such as glucose meters, diabetic test strips, or lancets. The caller may also offer other supplies such as heating pads, lift seats, foot orthotics, or joint braces, in exchange for the beneficiaries' Medicare or financial information, or confirmation of this type of personal information. Additionally, you may receive items in the mail that you did not order.

The call is a scam.

If you receive such a call, OIG recommends the following actions:
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PHARMACY NEWS - ABSENTEE SHAWNEE TRIBAL PHARMACY
  • As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates a current photo ID is required for EVERY time ANY controlled medication being picked up.
  • Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations both fill prescriptions for members of all tribes, but outside prescription orders are restricted to Absentee Shawnee Tribal citizens with established charts.  
  • If you would like to receive a text message to your cell phone when your medications are ready for pick-up, please alert the pharmacy staff and provide us with a current cell phone number.

The following are a few tips to help us be more efficient in our delivery of  pharmacy services to you:
  • Present insurance cards each time you pick up or drop off a prescription
  • Keep us informed of changes in address, phone number and other contact in-formation.
  • Let the Pharmacy staff know if the prescription is going to be picked up or needs to be delivered.
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The grand opening of the new clinic at Little Axe was a huge success. Our guest speakers were Absentee Shawnee Gov. George Blanchard and IHS Area Director Kevin Meeks. We were also blessed to hear the Shawnee language spoken by tribal elder Isaac Gibson, Sr. He opened up the grand opening with a prayer in his native language. We also had the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Veteran’s Association raise the flags and the Scissortail Drum group performing. Thank you to these two groups who made the day even more special. Other special guests were representatives from the AST Health Board of Directors, the Norman Police Departments, Nabholz Construction Company, BancFirst, Childers Architects, and ADG Project Management Group. We also had visitors from the tribe, local businesses, members from other tribes’ health programs, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this day very special not only to the employees of the health program but to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. 

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Be careful not to avoid the dentist too much because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse than a toothache. The pain is so intense and noth-ing seems to make it go away . Some people have said “I would rather be in labor than have a severe toothache.” 

Fortunately, most toothaches can be prevented by visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Unfortunately, many people wait until they have a severe toothache before going to the dentist. 

In my dental career, I have noticed that the two major reasons that most people avoid the dentist are finances and dental fears and phobias.
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Employee of the Month - Ms. Marla Throckmorton - April 2012

Marla Throckmorton has served as the Clinic Administrator for the Shawnee Clinic. She has transformed the Clinic  into an outstanding model of how health care services can be delivered into an effective, caring and compassionate manner.   The number of patient visits have increased 100% over this time last year. She has been a leader in implementing the “Improving Patient Care (IPC)” model of care and as a result on February 14th, 2012, the AST Health System had been selected by the Indian Health Service to participate in this Program.  One of the very few tribal programs, nationwide, who have been selected.  She also serves as co-chairman of the “Customer Service Taskforce” and has been instrumental in the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the AST Health System.   Marla displays outstanding leadership skills and is important part of our AST Health System management team.
The new clinic at Little Axe is nearing completion. The last of the touch up work is being completed and furniture and equipment are being delivered on a daily occurrence. There is a lot of activity at the new site and many new employees are being hired to staff the facility. The planned first day to start seeing patients will be Monday, April 30, 2012. Because of the need to move employees from the current location to the new clinic, the old clinic at Little Axe will close during the week of April 23-27th. This includes the pharmacy. So please plan accordingly with any refills. We will be moving all medications from the old clinic to the new clinic and pharmacy staff will be doing an inventory of the current medi-cations. All the pharmacy staff from Little Axe will be involved with the move. If you have medication to pick up, please make plans to pick it up before April 23rd. We will not be able to allow patients in the clinic during that week due to movers coming in and out moving supplies and employees from one building to another. During the closing of the old clinic, you will be able to call the Shawnee clinic for urgent care. Any chronic or follow-up appointments will be rescheduled for another time.
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Most Common cause of tooth sensitivity in adults is the exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Do your teeth hurt when you eat something cold or hot?  When you breathe in really cold air? Then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity happens when the vulnerable under layer of your teeth-the dentin- is exposed. This allows the tubules that run from the dentin to the nerve to carry pain sensations.  

Causes:
  • Brushing too hard
  • Receding gum line allowing the root to be exposed
  • Excessive  use  of  tooth  whiteners  and  abrasive  toothpaste
  • Mouthwash or foods with high acidity
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Diabetes & Wellness announces April is foot health month 

Take care of your feet for a lifetime 
  • Keep diabetes under control.  
  • Check your feet every day.  
  • Wash your feet every day. 
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth. 
  • Wear properly fitting shoes and socks at all times. 
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold 
  • Be more active. 
 
You can prevent damage to your feet by looking for  
  • Blisters                          
  • Cuts or scratches 
  • Ingrown  toenails 
  • Red or black spots 
  • Dryness 
 
DIABETES & WELLNESS 
Call us today to schedule a foot exam 
Little Axe Clinic 
15702 E. Highway 9 
Shawnee Clinic 405.878.5850
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Warm Weather is Here! Let’s Get Moving!

As spring approaches, it is now a good time to start preparing for some outdoor activities. One of the most easiest and basic forms of physical activity is walking. We walk when we go shopping, we walk at work, we walk to check the mail, and we walk for many other reasons. We pretty much walk all of the time. However, walking for exercise can be different. Walking may be performed at many levels of intensity. In order for walking to become an exercise, we must walk for certain periods of time with variety of intensities. A good way to begin a walking routine is to begin with finding a safe area for you to walk. Walking with a partner is a great way to maintain good support and safety. Once you find area suitable for safe walking, begin you walk with a moderately paced stride for 5-10 minutes, for a good warm-up.

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The Behavioral Health Department welcomed a new member to the staff this month. Monte Blake is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, with 26 years of experience in mental health and social services. Utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy coupled with an empathic understanding of the psychodynamic influence of early childhood experiences and the complexities of life, Monte has provided therapeutic services to a wide range of populations and people of all races and walks of life. Monte has worked in mental health centers, mental health hospitals and public schools. He has provided therapeutic services in the home and spent ten years providing services to incarcerated men in a medium security prison.

A prevailing philosophy for Monte has been the belief that people are capable of positive change in their life, regardless of their personal struggle, if they are willing to afford themselves an honest self evaluation through reflection, contemplation and examination of their internal dialogue and behavioral choices.

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