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The Shawl Circle

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

Description:
The Shawl Circle- Hokvke Yekce [Creek for “strong women”] is a new collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS and The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Respectful of our American Indian communities sovereignty and understanding that department staff may be viewed with fear and distrust when taking educational and preventive messages to the community, the project brought together respected women from the tribes, bands and/or clans in Florida, provided them with the education and materials and let them present the information in the correct cultural and traditional context for their community. As each woman completes the program, the bureau presents her with a specially-designed shawl. The shawl serves as a visual symbol of her commitment to keep herself healthy and strong.

Age Group(s):
Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Community, Home, Work site, Other: Whereever the Community Health Advocate chooses

Health Indicator(s):
Health Education , HIV/AIDS

Service Area:
Nashville

Keyword(s):
Cancer screening, Capacity building or empowerment, Community directed intervention, Community mobilization/organization, Health promotion and wellness, Public Health intervention

URL: http://www.preventhivflorida.org/Native_American_Initiatives.html

Overall Cost: $20,000.00

Name: Karen Simons
Site or Location Name: Florida Department of Health
Address:
4025 Bald Cypress Way
Bin A-09
Tallahassee, FL 32399
USA
Email: Karen_Simons@doh.state.fl.us
Phone: [850] 245-4336

Primary Contact Name: Karen Simons
Site or Location Name: Florida Department of Health
Address:
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin A-09
Tallahassee, FL 32399
USA
Email: Mara_Michniewicz@doh.state.fl.us
Phone: [850] 245-4336