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Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain flyerNearly six million people in the United States are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, not including other types of dementia, and it’s the fifth leading cause of death for people over 65 years old. A recent study in California found that 35 percent of American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) people who reached 65 years old would develop dementia. That is one out of every three AI/AN elders.

ASTHO, with support from the CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, partnered with the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA²) to produce a series of health communication materials to improve quality, availability, and accessibility of public health resources to address the connection between brain health and heart health. All materials are informed by the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, and the Road Map for Indian County.

Program Flyer

The two-page flyer is intended for American Indian and Alaska Native nations and tribal serving organizations. They can be distributed through senior centers and inter-tribal organizations, healthcare facilities, administrative offices, tribal newspapers/radio stations, and as mailers to tribal members. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to disseminate flyers within these settings and through events such as health fairs, festivals, and other relevant events. See the flyer to for more details »

Posters

The vertical and horizontal posters are intended for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and can be posted in senior centers and inter-tribal organizations, healthcare facilities, administrative offices, tribal newspapers/radio stations, and as mailers to tribal members. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to disseminate flyers within healthcare offices, senior centers, and through events such as health fairs, festivals, and other relevant events. Download the posters »

Provider Guide

The provider guide is intended to support healthcare providers and administrators to inform and guide their conversations with American Indian and Alaska Native patients about the connections between brain health, including risk factors, protective health behaviors, and key messages. S/THAs are encouraged to use the provide guide internally and to share with provider groups.

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Radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Four radio PSAs featuring popular former host of Native American Calling, Harlan McKasato, are available for use on state and regional radio networks. The PSAs will be played on Native American Calling, the nation’s only talk radio show dedicated to Native American views and perspectives. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to distribute these PSAs to popular radio stations within their region.

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Videos

These brief videos, featuring J. Neil Henderson, PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, are intended to be used by tribal serving hospitals and clinics, tribal senior program directors, tribal media outlets, administrators, and inter-tribal councils. Videos can be played in clinics, senior centers, media outlets, and other appropriate venues. The videos will educate and inform tribal elders and their caregivers, tribal senior program directors, state and tribal health leaders, and others about the relationship between heart and brain health. S/THAs are encouraged to work with tribal partners to identify appropriate placement of the videos. View the videos »