Cherokee Nation helping girls, women with care kits
Posters with art by Keli Gonzales are up at Cherokee Nation health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital to promote care kits for girls and women. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation distributed 5,000 care kits to its health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital in March to help young girls and women have adequate access to eco-friendly feminine hygiene and self-care products.
The CN Financial Resources department developed the program titled “We Care About Our Girls, Period!” to boost confidence and alleviate the monthly financial burden on Native women and young girls.
Starter care kits were created with eco-friendly feminine hygiene and self-care products for distribution throughout the CN.
“This is a pilot program that seeks to support our girls and women, enabling them to attend school and work confidently,” Treasurer Lacey Horn said. “As good stewards of our environment, we are thrilled to provide a quality, environmentally friendly product.”
The kits contain self-care products such as nail clippers, as well as organic, cloth feminine hygiene products from Hannahpad.
CN citizens or patients of CN Health Service facilities can request the kits from a health care provider within any of the tribe’s eight health centers or W.W. Hastings Hospital Women’s Clinic.