Fifty women gathered at the Second Annual Women’s Wellness Conference at Nespelem Head Start, August 4.

Colville Tribal Health, Diabetes Prevention, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Native Connections, Tribal Behavioral Health and Public Health Nurses were present to inform women of health and wellness issues they face.

Topics covered included cervical and breast cancers, suicide prevention, women’s health exams and S.T.I.’s, diabetes prevention and screening, exercise, essential oil therapy, stress management, violence and trauma.

Colleen Cawston, the keynote speaker, spoke about the sacredness of women.

Cawston recited the poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou and a quote by Christine Quintasket.

She continually reminded the group women are powerful and sacred because they are the people who bring life to the world.

“We truly have been given an exceptional life,” said Cawston.

Various tribal programs had informational booths set up, which included diabetes prevention, domestic violence, suicide prevention, tobacco use and signing up for the Affordable Care Act

This conference was open to all women in our communities.

Event Organizer Laura Pakootas said she and tribal health are going to plan a men’s wellness conference.

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