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SettFit Challenge Winners

WINNERS…
Congratulations to the following WINNERS, who were drawn by raffle, based on their accumulated SettFit Challenge points through the Wellable App!
Points Raffle for PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
$100 Visa Gift Card goes to Jordan Kapayou.
Points Raffle for NUTRITION LOGGING:
$100 Visa Gift Card goes to Lana Roberts.
Points Raffle for PERSONAL TRAINING/DIETITIAN CHECKI-INS:
$100 Gift Card goes to Misty Jefferson.
Additionally….
Winners of the raffles for watching the remaining videos:
$25 Visa Gift Card Raffle for watching ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS
video goes to Mary Jane Shuckahosee.
$25 Visa Gift Card Raffle for watching INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS
Video goes to Shirley Noline Ward.
$25 Visa Gift Card Raffle for watching FINANCIAL WELLNESS
video goes to Oceana Papakee.
*Gift cards will arrive in your email boxes within 24 hours.
EVERYONE WHO COMPLETED THE CHALLENGE: Please stop by the Health Clinic to pick up your tee-shirt!
THANKS to everyone for participating in our last challenge with Wellable. We will not be utilizing the Wellable programming app for future challenges, but look for more information about SettFit opportunities in the near future! We’ll post on this page! Keep up the great work!!!!!
~ SettFit Challenge Team

Meskwaki Health Services Receives Heroes in Health Award

For Immediate Distribution: October 4, 2021

 

Meskwaki Nation, Tama, IA – MESKWAKI HEALTH SERVICES TO RECEIVE HEROES IN HEALTH AWARD

 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) will be awarding the Meskwaki Health Clinic with its most prestigious award, the “Heroes in Health Award”, virtually on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021.  Located in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, the non-profit organization provides a variety of services to tribes including advocacy, policy formation, regulatory tracking, and Indian health research.  Annually, they recognize a small group of people/organizations who demonstrate outstanding service in the quest to improve Native health and seek to honor the good work being done all around Indian Country.

One of only a handful of agencies receiving this year’s award, the health care team at the Meskwaki Health Clinic worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, providing more than 6,000 COVID-19 shots to the Settlement’s residents and staff, as well as to under-served communities throughout central Iowa.  As a tribe of just over 1,450 people, the health clinic served more than four times their tribe’s population, providing life-saving shots to anyone wishing to be vaccinated.  For this, the NIHB seeks to thank and award the Meskwaki Nation for their outstanding service to Tribal communities amid the trying times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Director Rudy Papakee stated, “It takes a great team to lead in an enormous project like this, and we have an outstanding staff who really stepped up to take on the challenge.  When the pandemic hit, we brainstormed about how we could help.  With those initial planning efforts, the staff was ready to help be a part of the solution early on.”

Leading the way, Papakee and his team by-passed the state’s mandates to get earlier shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine via the federal government’s Indian Health Services.  “I felt the connection with the Indian Health Service was going to be much stronger,” Papakee said. “They made some promises right from the beginning that once they got it, they’d get it into our hands.  Looking back, that decision was integral to our early success.”

With an early vaccination supply and a willing community ready to receive the shot, the Meskwaki Settlement as a whole held a much higher vaccination rate than much of the U.S. early on and was able to remain virus free for most of the summer.  Additionally, staff was able to expand services, offering shots to people of all ages outside of the Settlement and throughout central Iowa.

Through federal COVID-19 funding, the clinic purchased a mobile vaccine clinic (see picture) serving local school districts like North High School in Des Moines, Newton High School, and locally in schools including Marshalltown, East Marshall, and South Tama.  Staff worked extended hours and traveled to numerous locations ensuring the vaccine reached as many individuals as possible, particularly under-served populations, elders, and youth. They provided walk-in clinics at multiple locations including their own clinic, Toledo Heights, Des Moines’ downtown Juneteenth Celebration and locally through the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel.  Moreover, Meskwaki staff continues to work through the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to offer the vaccine to anybody requesting one. Their goal is to provide accurate vaccine information and help dispel anti-vaccine hesitancy issues through leadership and support.

Clinic Nurse Manager Sara Augspurger stated, “Initially, organizing it seemed a bit overwhelming, but completely worth every bit of effort we’ve put in so far.  I’m super proud of our staff, I feel they deserve this award.  We’re grateful to the NIHB for recognizing our work.”

Papakee, concluded, “ I’d like to thank all our health staff, Meskwaki leadership, and the entire community for their support and assistance as we continue to navigate the pandemic together.  While we continue to meet the health care needs of the Tribe, we will begin offering vaccination boosters per CDC recommendations soon.”

He also stated that while COVID-19 has been an ongoing concern, he continues to worry about staff burnout and impacts to staff with the ongoing pandemic.  “Staff have shown significant resilience and have continued to rise to the challenges presented in the fight against COVID-19. Receiving such an award affirms their efforts are recognized and appreciated not just locally but on a national level.”

Meskwaki Nation Strategic Planning Survey 2021

The Meskwaki Nation to Update its Strategic Plan.  We Need Your Help!

The Meskwaki Nation is in the midst of updating its 10-year Strategic Plan.  In order to ensure the plan is aligned with the priorities and needs of the Nation, it is important for those affiliated with the Nation to have an opportunity for input.  This survey is designed to be that opportunity for those over the age of 13.

All Tribal community members are encouraged to fill out the survey.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY or scan in the bar code (below) on your smart phone.  We ask that you encourage your family members to fill the survey out as well.

Paper copies, for those who prefer, will be mailed in the September Meskwaki Nation Times and will also be available at the Tribal Center.  If you’d rather submit a paper copy, please return it to the Tribal Center in a sealed envelope marked “Strategic Plan Survey”.  The survey is completely confidential and will remain open until September 24th.

This work will help guide the future for the Meskwaki Nation. Your feedback is appreciated!

The survey is completely confidential and will remain open until September 24th.

This work will help guide the future for the Meskwaki Nation. Your feedback is appreciated!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY

 

Or scan this QR code with your smartphone:

How to Scan a QR Code

1. Open your smartphone’s camera or QR Code reader app

2. Hold your smartphone’s camera over the QR code so that it’s clearly visable on your smartphone’s screen

3. Your smartphone will either A.) Automatically scan the QR code or B.) You’ll have to press a button to snap a picture of the QR code

4. Your smartphone will read the QR code and will navigate to the on-line survey.

Pharmacy’s New Mobile App for Prescription Refills

Meskwaki Health Clinic Pharmacy’s New Mobile App

Check out our NEW app for website and mobile devices.  You can request refills on the go and more.  Download it for -phones and/or android devices.  Click here to find out more.

 

Through the WinRxRefill website you can can access Rx2Go and…

find quick and easy access to your prescription history and statistics, not to mention multiple tools to help you manage your medication regimen!

Login to view and request refills from your prescription history or access your prescription profile.

Read the monographs for all of the medications in your prescription history.
Find contact information for your pharmacy.

Request refills without logging in by typing in the Rx number or scanning the barcode, and you’ll receive an immediate response confirming your request.

Click to register and log in!

Pharmacy’s New Mobile App

Meskwaki Health Clinic Pharmacy’s New Mobile App

Check out our NEW app for website and mobile devices.  You can request refills on the go and more.  Download it for -phones and/or android devices.  Click here to find out more.

 

Through the WinRxRefill website you can can access Rx2Go and…

find quick and easy access to your prescription history and statistics, not to mention multiple tools to help you manage your medication regimen!

Login to view and request refills from your prescription history or access your prescription profile.

Read the monographs for all of the medications in your prescription history.
Find contact information for your pharmacy.

Request refills without logging in by typing in the Rx number or scanning the barcode, and you’ll receive an immediate response confirming your request.

Click to register and log in!

Next SettFit Challenge Starts August 23rd

Wellness is more than just being active and eating well, and this challenge provides an opportunity to explore eight unique dimensions of wellness to help you build a holistic sense of fulfillment and well-being.
Prizes include three grand prizes awarded by raffle of $100 Visa Gift Cards and eight $25 Visa Gift Cards will also be awarded by raffle, along with other swag, along the way! Each person who completes the challenge (and watches the videos) will receive a tee shirt!
How To Enter
The easiest way to participate is to connect an app or device to our SettFit app called “Wellable”. If you have already done this, nice work! You will automatically be entered into the challenge. Your points will begin on August 23rd so be sure and start logging your nutrition and activity points on that day.
Complete rules have been emailed to current participants and are located in the bulletin board on the Wellable app!
Double check that your activity trackers are synced with the app and your sneakers are laced up and ready to go. If you have not already connected an app or device to Wellable, visit the Bulletin Board in your Wellable account and follow the easy instructions to get set up.
If you have NOT yet joined our SettFit Group through Wellable, sign up by visiting this link. https://app.wellable.co/meskwakisettfit
Get ready!

 

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RULES.

Powwow Canceled

From MAPA: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the Meskwaki Annual Powwow Association’s control, unrelated to Covid-19, the committee has decided to cancel the 106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow. Vendors who have already paid will be contacted.