The Native Health News Alliance is partnering with Treatment Diaries for a Twitter chat in recognition of American Heart Month during February. The American Indian Cancer Foundation will also be participating as a partner.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives, and stroke is the sixth leading cause of death. More AIANs die from heart diseases at a younger age than any other racial and ethnic group in the US, according to the Indian Health Service. More than a third of AIANs who die of heart disease die before age 65. Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease for American Indians.
This evening chat will explore how heart disease affects Native communities – we’ll share stories, challenges and highlights of covering this topic, whether that has been on a tribal, local or national level.
Who: Native Health News Alliance and Treatment Diaries
When: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 7-8 p.m., CDT (chat will last one hour)
Follow: NHNA @newsNHNA | Treatment Diaries @TreatDiaries | American Indian Cancer Foundation @AICAF_Org
Please join the chat by tweeting and using the #treatdiarieschat hashtag to share your insight on Native health in Indian County, whether it’s through a blog, coverage or your work in the health care field as a provider or a communications pro.
Participants are welcome to promote their media outlets and organizations through resources or connections. If there are others you’d think would benefit from the conversation, please share this invitation with them.
About Treatment Diaries
TreatmentDiaries.com is a unique healthcare platform and online patient community built at the intersection of personal health, privacy, and social communication. Individual patients, caregivers and health advocates from around the world connect on Treatment Diaries to share their journey and bring personal insight to resources, treatment options and outcomes. The platform now serves as a way to bring personalized adherence, compliance and disease awareness materials to patients in a way that brings each individual closer to the center of their care. Treatment Diaries believes sharing health experiences can help lead to improved adherence and better health.
This virtual support group is free and always available; offering a safe place to anonymously keep multiplediaries of your daily journey, across more than one condition – either privately or shared out with others, allowing for shared coping strategies, support for others and the exchange of information. TreatmentDiaries.com is dedicated to the needs of ALL types of users including; individual patients, caregivers, family members and advocates. We promote the importance of keeping a diary of life changing experiences and the significance of engaging in behaviors and activities, which promote health, mental wellness and the self-management of chronic conditions.
There’s a new landing page specifically for Native Americans with chronic illnesses or those caring for loved ones living with these conditions:
About American Indian Cancer Foundation
The mission of the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is to eliminate the cancer burdens on American Indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support.
AICAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established to address the tremendous cancer inequities faced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. AICAF’s board members and employees are American Indian, with an array of experience serving the health needs of our people.
About Native Health News Alliance
The Native Health News Alliance (NHNA) is non-profit news organization in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association. We serve media outlets with multimedia news and feature stories specific to the health and wellness needs, issues and concerns of the American Indian Alaskan Native governments and communities.
NHNA editors and journalists focus on health news from the ground up, featuring the voices of those most affected and those at the forefront of health and wellness.