First Person Radio-Apr 27: KRIS RHODES & JOY RIVERA: American Indian Cancer Foundation-AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Wed, 04/27/2011

First Person Radio hosts Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune with Andy Driscoll on April 27th as we talk withKris Rhodes and Joy Rivera of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. We will discuss the many challenges confronting the Indian community in cancer areas where prevalence is high and growing. Kris was a long-time researcher at the University of MN and Joy Rivera is a well-known community organizer who worked with and taught Indian youth for decades.

Kris Rhodes is the director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Native communities through improved cancer prevention, early detection and access to quality cancer care. She is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.  She was born and raised on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota.  Ms. Rhodes has Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Administration & Policy and a Bachelor degree in Community Health Education both from the University of Minnesota.  Over the past two decades, Kris has worked in improving the health of American Indian communities. She has been involved in community-based research on topics such as, breastfeeding promotion, ear infections, teen pregnancy prevention, but is most deeply involved in and passionate about tobacco issues in American Indian populations.  Within this role, she directly supported the development and evaluation of activities related to these efforts, including education and promotion of cultural tobacco use, documenting prevalence rates among youth and adults, youth prevention programs, policies, smoking cessation and community events. 

Joy Rivera does outreach in the Twin Cities indigenous community as the colon cancer screening navigator of the American Indian Cancer Foundation.  In this work, she can tell you and anyone who will listen what to do to prevent colon cancer. She belongs to the Snipe Clan of the Seneca Nation Haudenosaunee People. She has more than 30 years teaching experience in the Indigenous community at the junior high, senior high and adult levels of education. Joy taught at both the late Heart of the Earth Survival School and the Red School House. For the past 17 years, she coordinated the nationally-recognizedOgitchidag Gikinooamaagad Peer Education Program that traveled throughout Indian County teaching other Indigenous youth about health-related topics through live theater. This program developed and implemented its own culturally-specific peer education curriculum to Indigenous youth grades 7-12. 

55:06 minutes (25.23 MB)

TruthToTell Oct 18: WOMEN'S CANCER ACTION: A Very Different Race - PODCAST below

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

For years, we have known of the environment's assault on our breathing and other health issues, but not every neighborhood is afflicted with tar companies, toxic run-offs from factories old and new whose owners have ignored health concerns of employees and neighboring communities - more often than not, low wealth communities and people of color, depending on the state and locale - in the pursuit of cheaply earned profits. Minneapolis-St. Paul is ranked 5th for the greatest number of contaminated sites across the country (65,969 - one for every 48 people – plus 4,444 leaking storage tanks) with a mere 54 corrective action reports. We could go on about how the MPCA ignores the reality of polluting facilities, especially in this Metro Area. It's enough to know that our air and groundwater, foods, drugs, etc., are likely killing us before our time

But this is an even larger system issue our policymakers and regulators and health care providers, especially pharmaceutical corporations, fail to address adequately to protect our children as well as our adults and stop the record number of cancer cases growing out of these toxic cities.

Although breast cancer runs rampant through the ranks of women for any number of reasons, environmental catalysts are certainly a clear cause of the majority of them. What else could yield such an epidemic as women have experience over the last 40-50 years? Other cancers in both men and women, not to mention children’s leukemia cases, are decimating our ranks. These are preventable cancers.

Several women who have lived with cancer are the root of this movement and organization and are prepared to pour resources and energy into getting into the fight to install policies and processes to prevent cancer, especially in women, but anything done for women will surely ripple into all segments of the society.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with the founders, supporters and professionals involved in Women’s Cancer Action and how and why they came into being in the midst of a plethora of other groups claiming to do the same.



BARBRA WIENER - Chair of the Board, Women's Cancer Action; Founder, Women's Cancer Resource Center (has lived with cancer)

DEANNA WHITE –Executive Director, Clean Water Action-MNHealthy Legacy co-director

KAREN EINESMAN – Program Director, Women's Cancer Action

REP. KAREN CLARK, RN – (has lived with cancer) State Representative and Volunteer Executive Director, Women's Environmental Institute - REP. CLARK HAS BEEN CALLED INTO SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY MORNING

57:09 minutes (26.16 MB)