Announcements

29 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 30th moving forward until further notice.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program is implementing the following meal disbursement plan beginning March 30th and the same process will continue until further notice. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program:   For homebound elders receive: Monday—we will deliver 1 hot meal and 4 additional meals consisting of non-perishable food items for  (milk/juice) Thermometers will be given out during home deliveries.   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday—10:00am-2:00pm, you will be given 5 days’ worth none perishable food items (milk/juice)        For your safety and staff, prior to receiving your meal, you will be stopped by AST Police to have your temperature checked       For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!    
29 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 30th moving forward until further notice.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program is implementing the following meal disbursement plan beginning March 30th and the same process will continue until further notice. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program:   For homebound elders receive: Monday—we will deliver 1 hot meal and 4 additional meals consisting of non-perishable food items for  (milk/juice) Thermometers will be given out during home deliveries.   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday—10:00am-2:00pm, you will be given 5 days’ worth none perishable food items (milk/juice)        For your safety and staff, prior to receiving your meal, you will be stopped by AST Police to have your temperature checked       For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!        
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have made the following adjustments to our clinic hours.Thank you for your patience while we adjust to better serve you.   Little Axe Clinic (LAC)- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Little Axe Pharmacy- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm Pluscare (PC)- Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm Optometry- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Shawnee Clinic- Closed until further notice Shawnee Pharmacy- Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-1pm   All patient visits are by appointment ONLY, please call ahead.   LAC405.447.0300/PC- 405.447.0477/ Optometry- 405.701.7606/ Shawnee Pharmacy- 405.878.5859   Clinic and status updates: http://www.asthealth.org/covid-19 and follow us on Facebook.   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Call Center: 877.215.8336 (for everyone)   NEW! 24/7 AST Health System 24-hour LIVE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 (for Absentee Shawnee Tribal Members and ASTHS patients)
21 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 23-27, 2020.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program has made meal disbursement changes this week. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program for the week of March 23-27th:   For homebound elders receive: Monday           1 hot meal and 1 sack lunch (milk/juice) Wednesday     1 hot meal and 2 sack lunches (milk/juice)   Homebound meal delivery on Monday & Wednesday: 4 Title VI drivers will be accompanied by 4 health staff Meals will be delivered beginning at 10:00am (health staff to arrive at 9:00am)   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday           10:00am-2:00pm        5 frozen dinners for each elder not homebound     For all non-homebound elders, you will be receiving a call this weekend to be informed of these changes. For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!  
AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Actions by AST Health System   The health system rapidly moved out upon the declaration of a National, State, and Tribal States of Emergency declared this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was stood up on 2 March 2020, and daily Tribal Crisis Action Team (TCAT) meetings are being held twice daily to monitor the deteriorating situation. Maximum effort was engaged in establishing temperature checks for employees, implementing the CDC guidelines for employees and their families, as well as implementing the AST Pandemic and All Hazards Response Plans. Daily meetings with the OSDH Regions 6/8, the AST Public Safety and AST Emergency Manager have been vital in a coordinated and synergistic response under the direct oversight of the Executive Committee and Health Boards Chairwoman.  Quick actions and solid plan execution are ensuring that all homebound patients are being provided meals with all infection control protocols in-place as well as care packages being provided to homebound patients. Additional coordination with the White House with Tribal Leaders, other federal agencies, and the state all combine to assure vital National Stockpile Supplies were delivered and implemented within our plan quickly.  Several COVID-19 exposure “false alarms” were experienced early on as criteria was in flux and moving into a contingency configuration which was attained within only a few days as the health system partnered with the state to get ahead of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak curve. While it will be some time before we all move back into a “normal” life again, the spirit of determination, cooperation, and assistance remain key to this large-scale Public Health response.    The AST Health System has additionally stood up a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787. We will continue to monitor the situation and push out information via our website and through our Facebook page. To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19 and/or follow us on Facebook.         The AST Health System always strives to make your health its top priority, and you all make a difference for our health system and the health and wellness of all of our patients!     Mark E. Rogers, MAL, FACHE, CMPE, CHC Executive Director AST Tribal Health System  
Due to the safety precautions we are taking, we are sad to announce we are cancelling the April Cooking Demonstration on April 9th. We will keep you updated about a May Cooking Demonstration. Please stay safe and wash your hands! Sincerely, the Diabetes and Wellness Team
13 March 2020 AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE: Subject:Corona Virus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Actions by AST Health System   The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System’s Executive Team has activated the Health System’s Emergency Operations Center (EoC) within the tribal health system with assistance of the AST Emergency Manager. Our AST Health System has additionally stood up a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members, employees, our health workers, and area schools educate and prepare for the coronavirus within the AST Community. While there are NO confirmed cases of the COVID-19 within the AST communities of Shawnee and LittleAxe, the AST Health System wants all the AST families and employees to stay informed and take precautions to reduce the risk. If any AST tribal members or their family have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, they should contact their AST Health System or primary care physician first and not go to the emergency room unless essential (life, limb, eyesight). Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. All AST Health Clinics are screening patients to ensure increased safety. Additionally, please contact the clinic prior to arrival if you feel you may have symptoms, or have been exposed, to the COVID-19 virus. Additional funding of $40 million is being set aside by the federal government for tribes with potentially more state and federal grants becoming available in the next few days and weeks. To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. MARK E.ROGERS, MAL, FACHE, CMPE, CHC Executive Director AST Tribal Health System
Congresswoman Kendra Horn is hosting a tribal community town hall on Saturday, March 14th from 1 PM to 3 PM.
NYPD Summer Camp is coming up in June! Native Youth Preventing Diabetes (NYPD) Camp is a diabetes prevention education program designed to provide Native American children, ages 8-12, the necessary information and encouragement to prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes later in life. For more info contact Lisa Harrington at 405.701.7977 or email at LHarrington@astribe.com   http://nypdkids.org/html/  
All AST Health facilities will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020 in observance of President's Day. PlusCare Clinic will be OPEN during this holiday closure from 9AM to 5PM, accepting the last patient at 4:30PM. Please call in your Rx refills before the holiday. Questions please call LAHC 405.447.0300 or PlusCare at 405.447.0477
Check out February's Fitness Calendar. For more info, call 405.364.7298
The AST Health System will be opening for normal business hours beginning at 10AM on Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020. Please use your winter weather precautions when venturing out. 

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