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Media Advisory

For immediate use

June 27, 2007

Media invited to Native Health Initiative intern orientation, pow wow

Media representatives are invited to a pow wow and to an orientation for 27 summer interns from across the nation as well as Canada and Norway who have come to North Carolina to work with rural Native American communities on various health projects. These five-week Health Justice Internships are a project of the Native Health Initiative, created in 2004 as a partnership between the state’s American Indian communities and School of Medicine students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Friday and Saturday, June 29 and June 30
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burnt Swamp Association/Healing Lodge
400 Prospect Road, Pembroke
During this two-day orientation, Health Justice Internship volunteers will visit with many leaders in the Pembroke area, including Dr. Joey Bell of Pembroke Pediatrics and Rita Locklear of Indian Education. Members of other tribes, including Brittany Simmons (Waccamaw-Siouan), Mark Deese (Tuscarora), and Vivette Jeffries (Occaneechi), will also speak with the students, preparing them to begin their five-week internships in various communities around the state.
Note: The media is welcome anytime during the orientation, but please contact Anthony Fleg (919-360-6790) or Shannon Fleg, (919-260-3861) in advance if you plan to attend.

Saturday, June 30
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Burnt Swamp Association/Healing Lodge
400 Prospect Road, Pembroke
The Mini Pow Wow is free and open to the public. Planned activities include a performance by a drum group, presentations by the interns and lunch.
 
Health Justice Interns will work with each tribe to create a meaningful project that meets the community’s needs. In the past, student volunteers have created healthy cooking classes, changed the menu at tribal daycare centers, offered first-aid health education, conducted health screenings and diabetes education for children and documented elders’ oral histories of tribe, community and herbal medicines.

The Native Health Initiative received an Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award in April from the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-Chapel Hill for its demonstration of exemplary engaged scholarship (the application of university expertise to address community needs) in service to the state of North Carolina.

Native Health Initiative Web site: http://www.unc.edu/~flega/

Initiative contact: Anthony Fleg (919) 360-6790) or anthony_fleg@med.unc.edu or Shannon Fleg, (919) 260-3861
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu