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CA Area Director's Messages

April 1, 2006
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol-related illnesses and injuries are responsible for enormous suffering and financial burden to the national economy. 

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March 1, 2006
March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme from the American Dietetic Association is "Step Up to Nutrition and Health."

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February 1, 2006
Women's Heart Disease: February is National Heart Month

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming the lives of one out of every three women.

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November 1, 2005
National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and we who work in Indian health know that diabetes is a significant burden in the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population.

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October 1, 2005
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October 21st is National Mammography Day. Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, after skin cancer. 

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September 1, 2005
Behavioral Health is September Topic

Six of the top ten causes of death for American Indians are directly related to life style, behavior and mental health. In addition to effect on other health problems, mental health and substance abuse problems contribute to a whole host of social problems

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October 1, 2004
Benefits of Medicare

 I am writing this month's message to inform you about the two specially endorsed Medicare-approved drug discount cards for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) beneficiaries.

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September 1, 2004
Medicare Special Endorsed Drug Cards

 I am addressing this month's message to program administrators and Indian Health Service project officers.

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May 1, 2004
Tribute to Dr. Stephen Jay Mader, M.D.

His obituary reads "Doctor championed Indian health care; he enjoyed interactions and accomplishments a private practice could not provide". How true this was.

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