Great turn out for meth film

The Hopi Injury Prevention Coalition and the Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) Health Education Program, in partnership with the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation’s (TCRHCC) Health Promotion Program and Community Health Services invited the public to a meth film-screening event held at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center on Nov. 30. The film called “‘G’ Methamphetamine on the Navajo Nation” was viewed for the first time on Hopi.

As the coordinator of the event, I would like to express my thanks to all the individuals who helped to make this event a success. The following individuals are: Brenda Patterson, Cheryl Keene, Debbie Baker, Mervin Yoyetewa, Paul Saufkie, the HVMC staff (Aaron Secakuku, Otellie Honanie and Willie Humehoynewa); the Tuba City Health Promotion and Community Health Services staff, the Hopi Youth Council volunteers and the village youth coordinators; and the 12 individuals who sat on the panel discussion (did a great job with answering questions from the audience).

Special thanks go out to the Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School and the H.O.P.I. Substance Abuse Prevention Center for sponsoring the individuals who told their personal stories in the film, to attend this event. As well as to Bucky Preston – performed the opening prayer for the event; and Clark Tenakhongva – performed the closing prayer for the event.

Approximately 500 individuals attended this event to learn more about this drug called meth—480 persons from all the Hopi villages and surrounding Navajo communities signed in at the entrance. From Tuba City–6, Moenkopi– 6, Hotevilla–57, Bacavi –36, Old Oraibi–25, Kykotsmovi–42, Shungopavi–127, Mishongnovi–42, Sipaulovi–26, HHCC-Walpi Housing–10, Polacca–53, Walpi/Sichomovi–11, Keams Canyon–9, Jeddito–1, Supai–1, Teesto–7, Winslow–1, Pinon–1, Ganado–2, Window Rock–2, Hard Rock–7, Bird Springs–1, Chinle–1, Dilkon–1, Whiteriver –1, New Mexico–3 and France–1.

Believe it or not – we actually had one international guest!

I am very pleased by the great turnout. Thank-you again, to all our guests who attended this event.

Paulita S. Kewanwytewa

Public Health Educator

Hopi Health Care Center

Polacca, Ariz.

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