School-Based Health Center Month
We are excited to join the nationwide celebration of School-Based Health Center Awareness Month this February! At the Native American Health Center (NAHC), we operate eight school-based health centers throughout Alameda County, providing accessible and high-quality healthcare to students and their families right where they are—at school. We believe that school-based care is critical to helping students and families overcome barriers to healthcare access and improve their overall health and well-being. Our school-based health centers provide primary care, dental care, behavioral health services, and health education, working collaboratively with schools to promote wellness initiatives. Join us in celebrating the essential role of school-based teams in supporting our communities’ health!
Expanding Our Workforce Development Program
In February 2023, Native American Health Center (NAHC) was excited to welcome Esther Stauffer, Director of Workforce Development, to the NAHC herd. Esther will be leading NAHC’s efforts in implementing several workforce development needs including a newly awarded Department of Labor (DOL) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant. NAHC’s expanded Workforce Development program will provide individualized career services, basic career services, and training services to Native American community members living in Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Marin counties. This expansion demonstrates another example of NAHC’s dedication to addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) related factors that impact our community’s health. Stay tuned for updates as this service line continues to grow!
Black History Month
Since colonization, Native and Black communities have been closely intertwined, persevering against similar experiences of oppression and slavery throughout U.S. history. This month and every month, we celebrate our Black and Black Indigenous relatives and recommit to building healthy and thriving communities for all of us. We stand in solidarity with our Black relatives in their fight for equity, justice, and liberation. Together, we can work towards a future where all communities are treated with dignity and respect.
This month NAHC is honored to shine the spotlight on Jackson Davenport, a senior at Mira Monte High School and a standout varsity football player. He credits his love for football to his dad—Lee Davenport, NAHC’s Board Vice Chair—who introduced him to the sport at a young age as a way to bond. Since joining the high school team as a freshman, Jackson has been a force to be reckoned with on the field. However, it’s not only his athletic abilities that set him apart. Jackson is Meskwaki from the Sac and Fox Tribe, and as a Native youth, he’s faced his fair share of challenges. “Definitely the biggest challenge that I’ve faced is that people don’t know who I am and where I come from,” he explains. “There’s a lot of stereotypes [about Native peoples]. So I’m walking through that and educating people on me being Native and what my tribe is all about.” Despite these obstacles, Jackson remains committed to his future goals, including playing football at the next level. He’s considering several junior colleges, but wherever he ends up, he’s sure to make a lasting impact both on and off the field.
Saturday, March 4th
9 AM – 1 PM
Families and youth are invited to join us to learn about the intersection of Native American medicine wheel teachings and skateboarding culture. The first 30 registered participants will receive a premium skateboard package! All skill levels are welcome.
Saturday, March 18th
11 AM – 4 PM
Our first Indigenous Red Market of 2023 is nearly here! Everyone is welcome as gather with us as we celebrate Indigenous culture and create a platform for our local Indigenous entrepreneurs to share their art and work as a vendor.