CN dentist to be featured in IHS video
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Chosen for her innovative early childhood dentistry program, Cherokee Nation Dr. Mechelle Speed is being featured in a national Indian Health Service video.
“This is a very big honor for the Cherokee Nation,” Speed said. “We not only want to meet the standard, but we also want to set the standard.”
The IHS office in Albuquerque, N.M., will highlight Speed and the popular fluoride varnish program she helped design. IHS officials hope featuring Speed’s program as a model for other tribes will shine a light on the importance of using fluoride varnish three to four times a year to diminish the cavity rate among young children. IHS officials said the CN’s cavity rate is lower than the national average for preschool-aged children as a result of Speed’s program.
“Dr. Mechelle Speed has been working with the Head Start program for some time now. Her fluoride varnish program is one of the most successful in the nation, so we look at her work as a model for what other IHS and tribal programs can accomplish with their children,” Dr. Timothy L. Ricks, IHS co-chair for the Early Childhood Caries Collaborative, said.
The video is one of four being produced by IHS and will be shown in IHS facilities nationwide. The three other videos feature other health concerns facing Native Americans and recommended treatments.
Speed’s work to prevent childhood cavities also earned her recognition locally as the Child Advocate of the Year by the CN Early Childhood Unit. The group recognized her for her cavity prevention work with children in the CN Head Start program.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏎᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏙᎷᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᏂᏅᏙᎬᎢ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᎲᎯ. ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ. Mechelle Speed ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏅᏁ ᎥᎿ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏰᎸᎢ ᏄᏛᎿᏕᎬᎢ ᏗᏂᏍᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏪᏋᎢ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Speed. “ ᎥᏝ ᎤᏤᏟᏓᎠᏟᎶᎥᏊ ᏗᎦᎵᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏘᎦᏚᎵᎠ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᎦᏚᎵᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ IHS ᏥᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎾᎿ Albuquerque N. M., ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏅᏁᎮᏍᏗ Speed ᎠᎴ Ꮎ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏗ ᎠᎹ ᎤᎵᏥᏓ ᏓᏂᏩᏩᏙᎬᎢ ᏗᎫᏢᏍᎩ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᎿᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎢᎩ. IHS ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏅᏐᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᏗᎢ Speed ᎤᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏓᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎾᏅᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᎬᏗᎭ ᎠᎹ ᎤᎵᏥᏓ ᏛᎦᏅᏙᎬᎢ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ ᏦᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏳᏩᎬᏘ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ ᏯᎦᏲᎵᏃ ᏱᏚᏂᏲᏤᎭ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᏂᏙᎬᎢ. IHS ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎲ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎦᏲᎵᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏚᏂᏲᏤᎢ ᎠᏂᏙᎬᎢ ᏏᏅ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᎢ ᏚᎾᏎᏍᏛᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᎢ Speed ᎤᏬᎷᏩᏛᏓ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ.
“ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ. Mechelle Speed ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᎲᎢ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎡᎵᏃ ᎾᏊ ᏞᎩ ᏂᏓᏍᏕᎵᎰᎢ. ᎤᏤᎵ ᎠᎹ ᎤᎵᏥᏓ ᏓᏂᏙᎬᎢ ᏅᏬᏘᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏫᏓᏤᎸ ᏃᏊ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎠᏰᎵᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏣᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏐᎢ IHS ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏧᎾᏙᏢ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏤᎵ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ,” ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ. Timothy L. Ricks, HIS ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎯ ᎠᎵᏍᏛᏡᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ Childhood Caries Collaborative, ᎤᏛᎾᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᎨᏒ IHSᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏛᎾᏓᏴᎳᏔᏂ ᎾᎿ IHS ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ. ᎾᏃ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏦᎢ ᏕᎧᏃᎮᎯ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎥᏳᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎦᎷᎬ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏯᏛᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏟᎶᎯᎲᎢ ᎥᏳᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ.
Speed’s ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᏂᏅᏙᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏲᏤᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᏓᏰᎬᏁᎵ ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ Advocate of the Year by the CN Early Childhood Unit. ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎬᏬᎵᏨ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏅᏙᎬ ᏧᏂᏲᏤᏗ ᏂᎬᏒᎾ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ.