An Indigenous Patient’s Perspective on Healthcare

Cierra George

By Cierra George (Navajo) Our ancestors taught us there’s no better medicine than traditional/natural herbs with ceremonies and that nobody can heal you better than a dedicated medicine man. In a cultural aspect, going to a hospital and having a White man provide you healthcare as a Native patient can be difficult to accept. Times […]

Meet our Quick Response Force Lead: Art Sakakihara-Chavarria! (Part 2)

emergency room

A few days ago, we published Part 1 of our interview with Art Sakakihara-Chavarria (Mescalero Apache), MS-APA, PA-C. Today, we continue the story of Art’s journey into Indigenous health.   So Art, how did you get started with Tribal Health? Well, this is a great origin story, For years I worked with a physician (Dr. […]

Meet our Quick Response Force Lead: Art Sakakihara-Chavarria!

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about Quick Response Force, which covers gaps in emergency medicine coverage on Indigenous lands. Today you’ll meet none other than the mastermind behind the project – physician assistant Art Sakakihara-Chavarria, MS-APA, PA-C (Mescalero Apache.) So Art, we need to know everything about you. Let’s start with the basics. Where […]

Meet our May Nurse of the Month: Keith Chisamore!

Meet Keith Chisamore, one of our Pine Ridge nurses who’s friends with everyone. As nurse Katie Schindler says, “Keith is an amazing nurse and resource for the Pine Ridge ED. I always feel as if I have someone in my corner when he is working, whether it be to bounce questions/ideas off or need someone […]

It’s Time for Our Back to School Supplies Drive

School Supplies

Summer has barely started, but it’s already time to think about the start of the school year. Just like last summer, we’re donating school supplies to 2 of our service communities – and you’re invited to participate. How Our Back to School Supplies Drive Works We are sending off backpacks loaded up with school supplies […]

Provider Mental Health in 2024: a Fact Sheet

During the pandemic, conversations about provider mental health were splashed all over the Internet and talk shows. Burnout and despair – from too many long shifts and resource shortages, from witnessing too many patient deaths – were endemic. Physicians and nurses both reported plans to leave the profession. But how are physicians and nurses feeling […]