Christina Moore, Emilie and Jeremy Lewis took part in the healthy families conference at the Salt River Community Building. Photo by Elsie Ann Nelson

Families Working Towards a Healthier Way of Life

By Jennifer Jimenez
Au-Authm Action News

One hundred and thirty-five Community members registered for the Families Working Toward a Healthier Way of Life conference held at the Community building on July 20. The workshop was intended to inform the Community on healthier ways to live with several speakers and presentations given throughout the seven hour conference.

Community Health Educator-Domestic Violence Elsie Ann Nelson said it is important to have the workshops to provide the information on healthier ways to live.

“There are many Salt River tribal employees, and Community members, who are working every day to provide the community with the best resources and services. Collaborating with these employees to provide this conference allowed Community Health Education to use local resources, remind the Community what is available for them and enjoy a time where we can come together and learn ways to improve our lives,” she said.

The conference was planned by Elsie Ann Nelson, Vurlene Notsinneh-Bowekaty, Alvaro Canez and Debbie Manuel and the topics for the conference were chosen in majority by the Pattern Changing Support Group from the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services program.

Participants registered at 8 a.m. and were treated with a Continental breakfast. Council Member Lorna Ray gave the blessing prior to Master of Ceremonies Teresa Choyguha reviewing the agenda with participants.

“I am really proud I am a woman that believes in love and everyone has the potential to be great. And yet many of us hurt because of life. I think you all are here because you want something better for you and your Community,” Choyguha said.

A presentation on healthy relationships was given by Dr. Marilyn Stromsness, who described several instances when someone can recognize they are in a healthy relationship. She also informed participants on where they can go for references or to see out guidance.

Detective Tyesha Wood shared a perspective on how law enforcement is first responders to domestic violence. The crisis staff presented information on the crisis role in the Community and domestic violence. Sarah Grumbley shared insight on the batter prevention workshop. Rowena Duran, Julia Pooley and Ralph Wilson presented information on parenting. Teen dating violence prevention was tackled by Leolani Ah Quin, followed by Choyguha who presented empowerment in our culture to the participants.

Logo Contest Winner Honored
Levi Johnston was selected as the winner of the logo design contest, which appeared on all the materials presented at the conference. Johnston explained how he came up with the logo design.

“When coming up with the logo design “Love Isn’t Anger” I was faced with many challenges. I wanted to incorporate the Community as much as possible, by representing the past culture and reflecting it within my design,” he said. “So I drew the males in their ribbon shirts and the two females dressed in their traditional attire. I was trying to be cautious not to offend anyone with my art work. The first part of my design was how to incorporate the expression of love without writing it. I thought using an image of a heart was the best way to visually express that. The next part was capturing the expression of anger, and I decided that I would have the heart split into two pieces (Left and Right) to represent the distance of anger. Both the man and the woman in the design are meant to help represent the expression of being angry and upset. For the final part of my design I envisioned the young teens/adults expressing their feelings of being sad inside the halves of each broken heart brought on by anger.”

Johnston was presented with an iPad2 for winning the design contest.

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