Toiyabe Community Wellness Program Newsletter
March 2017
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Manahuu and Hello!

So many exciting updates to share with you. We highlight our school projects in the garden and walking to school, let you know about our recent move to our new facility, and what we'll be up to for the rest of the year! 

Awasu nüü ü-buni-wei and have a healthy day.

- Community Wellness Team
Program Updates

How time flies! With a little more than six months left to our funding year, we have been working hard and have plans to continue to get projects done! Concluding our three part series, we bring you Part 3, highlighting our partnerships with schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

We are also excited to share with you two digital stories, showing what our school garden projects have accomplished. 

Partnership in Healthy Eating with Inyo County Schools
Growing Healthy Kids at Bishop Indian Head Start
Where to Find Us!

In other exciting news, our physical office location has moved! You can now find us at 250 See Vee Lane in Bishop, California. Toiyabe Indian Health Project's Bishop clinic is now in a beautiful, state of the art facility. There are two upcoming events where you can check out our new space: the Health Fair on Saturday, March 25 and the Grand Opening on Thursday, April 20.

Along with the move, the Community Wellness Program has been identified as a distinct division within Toiyabe, with our program now overseen by the Administration Department. Moving out from under the Preventive Medicine umbrella allows Preventive Medicine to continue growing their programs towards patient services, and allows the Community Wellness Program to expand our community development activities. In our new facility, you can find the Community Wellness offices in the northeast corner of the building.

With all these changes, please update your contact list for the following programs and people:

  • For the Community Wellness Program, please contact Kate Morley at, same phone number at 760-873-8851 x303, new mailing address at 250 See Vee Lane, Bishop, 93514.
  • For the Preventive Medicine Department, please contact Matt Larsen at, same phone number at 760-873-8851 x384, new mailing address at 250 See Vee Lane, Bishop, 93514.
Our new offices are located at the Bishop Clinic at 250 See Vee Lane.
Each month we spotlight a Community Champion who is working to make our community healthier and stronger one project at a time.

Where do you work or volunteer?
I work at the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office as the Outdoor Education Coordinator. I coordinate the School Gardens Program and other outdoor camps and field trips. I also volunteer for Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, leading bird walks and helping run the organization.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy snack is tortilla chips dipped in plain yogurt. I know it sounds weird, but it's good, try it! As far as a physical activity, I love to cross country ski. It's such a fun way to get out in the snow but stay warm at the same time. 

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
In a healthy community, people know each other. I imagine people walking around with their families at events or on the street and greeting each other and talking. People would be growing food in their own gardens or buying it from local growers. They would be able to get all kinds of healthy foods grown in their own town - eggs, meat, vegetables, and bread. People would spend less time inside watching TV and playing video games, and more time outside connecting with friends and family.
If you would like to nominate a Community Champion for us to spotlight, send us an email!
Our second annual Health Fair is two weeks away! Join us Saturday, March 25 for activities, education, and fun!

Local Happenings

Inyo County First 5 is offering two parenting classes, check out the Positive Parenting Program and Triple P Parenting Class

The Fort Independence Community Garden is holding Orchard Tree Pruning Workshops this month.

Our Walking School Bus continues on Wednesdays. Join us April 5 to walk to school!

Bring water from your favorite source to the 2017 World Water Day Celebration. 

Save the date for these exciting events in April. We'll post more information in our April newsletter:

  • Toiyabe Coleville Clinic Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting - Thursday, April 13
  • Eastside Bikeshare Ribbon Cutting - Friday, April 14
  • Toiyabe Bishop Clinic Grand Opening - Thursday, April 20
  • Earth Day activities across the county - Saturday, April 22

It's All About Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month with the theme "Put Your Best Fork Forward", as a reminder that each bite counts. Making just small shifts in our food choices can add up over time. 

A new report, Roots of Change, looks at recent developments in Tribal communities taking control of their local food systems.

Healthy Stores

A new survey shows progress in making healthy food more available in Inyo and Mono Counties. You can also read specific data about Inyo County and Mono County.

Grocery shopping can sometimes present challenges to healthy eating. Learn how a grocery store is promoting healthy foods.

Fantastic Training Opportunities!

The national Food Sovereignty Summit held in October is a forum to help build healthy food systems within Tribal communities.

The Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit is accepting applications, and closes April 11.

Three week summer program for youth learning permaculture and ecology at Quail Springs.

The Prevention and Public Health Fund

As we wrap up our Year 3 of funding through the PICH and REACH grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - which follows three years of prior CDC funding with a Community Transformation Grant - we are looking at the sustainability of continuing our work. 

Through the CDC, we receive funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Also known as the Prevention Fund or PPHF, it is the nation's first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving our national public health system, established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 

Read about the diverse array of projects, in addition to ours, which are funded through the Prevention Fund, including: community and clinical prevention initiatives; research, surveillance and tracking; public health infrastructure; immunizations and screenings; tobacco prevention; and public health workforce and training.

Our projects and others like it that are funded through CDC have worked hard to improve the health of all Americans.  We'll keep you posted on the future of the Community Wellness Program, and what we'll be up to next, in subsequent newsletters!
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You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program at Toiyabe Indian Health Project. The Community Wellness Program is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding via two grants: Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).

This newsletter provides updates and resources connected to healthy eating and active living. We hope that you find it useful, informative, and engaging!  We also encourage you to forward it to anyone you think might enjoy reading it.

Thank you,

Kate, Serena, and Katie
Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc.
52 Tu Su Lane
Bishop, CA 93514

The mission of Toiyabe Indian Health Project is to improve and establish programs, policies and actions which focus on developing and maintaining healthy individuals, families and Indian communities while fostering tribal sovereignty, self-sufficiency and cultural values.
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