Announcements

Thank You Health Workers – AST Native Connections Grant invites YOU to show your gratitude to our hardworking AST Health System employees by sending a “Thank You Letter” and/or “Thank You Coloring Sheet!” Below you can find “Ne-Yi-Wa” templates, however you are welcome to submit your own work as well. Submissions can be sent via email to agonzalez@astribe.com, via mail to Attn: Native Connections Grant 15951 Little Axe Drive Norman, OK 73026 , or drop them off at the Behavioral Health Department during your next visit. All letters and artwork will be shared with AST Health System employees, and you can receive a FREE giveaway item simply for participating! For more information, please contact Angela Gonzalez at agonzalez@astribe.com or (P) 405.701.7995 (C) 405.827.6489.  
Do you or someone you know have an art or skill you would like to teach Native youth? Examples include beadwork, storytelling, painting, moccasin making, drum making, basket weaving, pottery, and everything in between! AST Native Connections Grant wants to partner with YOU to lead a class for our upcoming cultural series for Native youth and young adults. You will be compensated and get to share your skills with our community to ground us more in culture! Interested in partnering? Simply use your phone camera to scan the QR code or click the following link (https://forms.gle/AjjFQXhT6MxSgmEFA). For more information, please contact Angela Gonzalez at agonzalez@astribe.com or (P) 405.701.7995 (C) 405.827.6489.
NOTICE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2021 COVID-19 & ANTIBODY TESTING (Please enter the clinic for testing) Little Axe Health Center, 405.447.0300 COVID-19 Testing 5:30 – 6:30 pm: • Tues., Jan. 12th  • Tues., Jan. 26th  ANTIBODY Testing 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (LA Only) • Thurs., Jan 14th • Thurs., Jan. 28th  Shawnee Clinic, 405.878.5850 COVID-19 Testing 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: • Wed., Jan. 20th  For inquiries please call 405.695.1787 In the event of rain or adverse weather, testing will not be conducted.  Testing is open to the public. For your visit, please… • Wear a mask • Bring identification For Antibody Testing • Be prepared to have blood drawn • Those not being tested will not be allowed entry into the clinic • Testing is available to anyone ages 10+
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        29 December 2020                    AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: ASTHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information (Photo: Dr. Marty Lofgren, Medical Director for the ASTHS) The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System (ASTHS) received their first shipment of the Pfzier COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, December 18th  and immediately implemented their vaccine distribution plan which includes frontline healthcare workers, first responders, tribal leadership, and people 65 years of age and older in Phase l.                 “We are grateful to have received the Pfzier COVID-19 vaccine from the Indian Health Service, and now the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines will be an integral part of our COVID-19 response plan,” said Dr. Marty Lofgren, Medical Director at the ASTHS. As Oklahoma’s rate for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, ASTHS continues to offer free COVID-19 testing and antibody testing events to the public. To date, a total of 8,668 COVID-19 tests and 383 antibody tests have been performed by the health system. The ASTHS will continue with providing a testing schedule in January 2021 while they await further guidance from the Federal Government to fund other follow-on support into the New Year with this effort.  “There has been a lot of information out regarding the vaccine and we want to reassure our patients and our community that it’s safe, and encourage them to seek out answers from credible sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Institute, and local health facilities like our Health System,” said Dr. Lofgren.       The vaccines are based upon the use of mRNA, which contains a piece of the virus’s genetic material. Using mRNA vaccines give your body the instructions to build immunity directed at the COVID-19 virus. The vaccines do not contain live virus, inactivated virus, or preservatives.  The vaccines cause the body to develop the ability to recognize the COVID-19 virus and attack it without using a live virus to do so.  Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations are administered as a series of two doses. The Pfizer vaccine doses are 21 days apart and the Moderna are 28 days apart in accordance with The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.   As with any vaccination, individuals can experience some side effects which are just normal signs that your body is working to build protection.  Some of the most common side effects noted by the CDC include discomfort at the injection site, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.  Everyone will be monitored for 30 minutes after the injection for any signs of severe reaction prior to being released.     Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, the ASTHS still encourages you to get the vaccine whenever it becomes available to you.  “Inline with the CDC’s recommendations, I also want to encourage all people that qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine to get it,” stated Dr. Lofgren.  "The vaccine will help to protect you, your family, and our vulnerable populations at risk.  We must use all the tools available to combat this pandemic! "  Please do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by remembering the 3 W’s: - Watch your distance, stay 6 feet apart - Wear a mask - Wash your hands Thank you for your patience as we receive more shipments of vaccine and continue our vaccination efforts.  ASTHS will share announcements on Facebook, Twitter, as well as the Tribal and ASTHS websites as things develop and more vaccinations arrive.  For more information about the ASTHS COVID-19 response, visit: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19 COVID-19 24/7 Hotline: 405.695.1787                                                                   ###        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 December 2020 AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:                                                                                                                                                       Subject: ASTHS Receives Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine   The Absentee-Shawnee Tribal Health System (ASTHS) received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations began for frontline workers and Tribal leadership yesterday. Governor John Johnson of the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe (AST) received the first dose. “Today is a great day for the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe,” said Governor Johnson. “I’m very proud of our Health System…they do so much for our people.” The vaccine will be administered as a series of two doses (0.3 mL) three weeks apart, in accordance with The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization. “As a healthcare provider it is my responsibility to put others first; that is why I volunteered to be one of the first in the clinic to get this vaccine,” said AST Tribal member, Dr. Gregory Reading. “I engage every day with patients and as a Chiropractor I am in close contact with those patients. I am also one of the few AST Tribal members that is also a healthcare provider and need to be an example to the community.” ASTHS will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended vaccination distribution schedule in a three-phase plan. The initial phase will be given priority to health care workers and first responders, followed by Tribal leadership, Absentee-Shawnee Tribal Elders 65 and older and other high-risk populations. As more doses become available, ASTHS will proceed to Phase 2 (see Figure 1). To stay informed of changes and access the most current COVID-19 information, please bookmark our website at: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally, we offer a 24/7 COVID-19 Information Number to help Tribal members at: 405.695.1787. Ne-yi-wa! (Figure 1)                                                                                                                     ###
***UPDATE*** (12.14.20) Shawnee Pharmacy adjusted hours: Monday-Friday (11:00 am to 7:00 pm). Closed Saturdays & Sundays.   Due to the recent COVID-19 resurgence, temporary adjustments have been at the Shawnee Clinic.  Shawnee Clinic and SameDay Clinic are closed until further notice except for the Pharmacy which will maintain normal hours but will close on Saturdays. Please keep in mind: PlusCare Clinic hours have altered to Monday-Friday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Last patients are accepted 30 minutes prior to closing.  Little Axe Clinic will continue current operations of Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. All patients can expect an increase in offerings of virtual patient encounters as well as sporadic interrupted or slowed services due to the impact of community spread within our area, the State, and its subsequent impacts upon operations. Purchase Referred Care Services (formerly Contract Health) will be conducted mostly via telephone assistance for the near future. Shawnee: 405.878.5850; Little Axe: 405.447.0300 For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System Administration at 405.447.0300. To stay informed of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. The AST Health System 24/7 COVID-19 Information Number: 405.695.1787 is available. Ne-yi-wa!
NOVEMBER 2020 AST Health System will be closed on the following dates for Holiday observances:   WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2020 (Veteran’s Day)   LITTLE AXE HEALTH CENTER (LAHC), SHAWNEE CLINIC & SHAWNEE PHARMACY CLOSED PlusCare & LA Pharmacy OPEN 9 AM until 5 PM, last patient accepted at 4:30PM     WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2020 All AST Health Facilities Close at noon.  -PlusCare and Shawne SameDay OPEN at 8AM until 5PM (last patient at 4:30pm) -LA pharmacy and Shawnee Pharmacy OPEN 8AM-5PM.    THURSDAY, NOV. 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day) ALL AST HEALTH FACILITIES CLOSED     FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 2019 LAHC, SHAWNEE CLINIC & SHAWNEE PHARMACY CLOSED PlusCare & LA Pharmacy OPEN 9 AM until 5 PM, last patient accepted at 4:30PM     Please remember that on the first Wednesday of each month our facilities are closed from noon to 5pm. Shawnee Clinic OPEN at 5PM until 8PM (last patient at 7:30PM). PlusCare OPEN at 5PM until 8PM (last patient at 7:30PM).   In the event of a predicted severe weather forecast, please call ahead for possible health system closure or delay: LAHC 405.447.0300 • Shawnee Clinic 405.878.5850 • PlusCare 405.447.0477   *DON'T FORGET TO REQUEST MEDICATION REFILLS BEFORE CLOSURE. LAHC PHARMACY: 405.292.9530 • SHAWNEE PHARMACY: 405.878.5859   Health closures/delays are posted on the “Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System” Facebook page and on the ASTHS website at www.asthealth.org.  
Help Yourself, Help Your Tribe SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A $0 COST HEALTH PLAN AT NO COST TO YOU OR YOUR TRIBE 2021 Open Enrollment OPEN ENROLLMENT Oct. 15–Dec. 7, 2020 OPEN ENROLLMENT Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2020 • Patient Benefit Advocates and our contracted benefit advisers can help you qualify for a $0 cost health plan via Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicare. • You may also qualify for extra benefits such as Dental (including dentures or major services), Vision (exam/lenses), Hearing Aids, and more! • Enrolling in a health plan expedites the Purchase & Referred Care referral process, providing you immediate access to specialized healthcare services and gives you peace of mind when you travel at zero cost to you and our tribal community, if eligible. • Per Purchase/Referred Care guidelines, all Native American patients must apply for all available resources, if elegible. • Contact a Patient Benefit Advocate to see if you are eligible for Native American Cost-Savings under the Affordable Care Act. Did You Know? • The Tribe is only funded approximately 40% of cost to render care to patients? Most people think it is funded 100%. • To add services, equipment, or help more people, we need your assistance. • By signing up for a zero cost plan, you allow the tribe to bill for services and to be reimbursed by insurance companies. This frees up more dollars to help those who are not eligible for a zero cost plan helping Purchase & Referred Care d o l l a r s go further. We Can Help, Contact a Patient Benefit Advocate Little Axe Health Center, 405.447.0300 Shawnee Health Center, 405.878.5850 A contracted benefit adviser is also available to assist our tribal community with their open enrollment options free-of-cost. www.asthealth.org
Get Your Flu Vaccine AFTER HOURS FLU SHOT CLINIC AT LAHC ONLY 4:30pm-6:30pm / Walk-In basis 15951 Little Axe Drive, Norman, OK. 73026 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 November 5 All ASTHS clinics will administer flu shots during regular business hours, including Shawnee Walk-In Clinic and PlusCare.  *Shawnee Walk-In Clinic and PlusCare ages 4 yrs and up. For more information please call 405.447.0300

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