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Tribal Chief Beverly Cook Receives Indian Health Service Award


Joining in the award presentation were (from left) Acting Director for Indian Health Service Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael D. Weahkee, Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, IHS Nashville Area Director Martha Ketcher and IHS Nashville Area Office Executive Officer Mark Skinner.

AKWESASNE – Congratulations to Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Beverly Cook on receiving the Directors Award for Excellence from the Indian Health Service Nashville Area Office on Tsiothóhrha/December 7, 2017. Chief Cook was one of six individuals recognized for their years of extraordinary service to the Indian Health Service or a tribal health program. She received the highest level of recognition from the Nashville Area Director "for her exploration of innovative health treatment options and her service on multiple health related workgroups representing Nashville Area Tribal Nations."

Chief Cook stated, "Exploring and promoting innovative practices that enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our people is the lens through which I view my work here at home and on the national committees that I am a part of, representing South and Eastern Tribes.  New ideas can often take more time than I would like to catch on but perseverance and patience are key.  I'm honored to receive this award but whether I'm promoting Trauma Informed practices, alternative treatments for stress, anxiety and pain, group prenatal care or advanced treatments for diabetic foot ulcers, I am never alone.  There are many innovators among us who want to grow and find solutions to our health and social problems that work for us on our terms."


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