Cherokee Nation helping girls, women with care kits

March 22, 2019

Posters with art by Keli Gonzales are up at Cherokee Nation health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital to promote the care kits.Posters with art by Keli Gonzales are up at Cherokee Nation health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital to promote the care kits.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation is distributing 5,000 care kits to its health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital this month to help young girls and women have adequate access to eco-friendly feminine hygiene and self-care products.

The Cherokee Nation 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 Cherokee Nation.

“This is a pilot program that seeks to support our girls and women, enabling them to attend school and work confidently,” Cherokee Nation 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.

Cherokee Nation citizens or patients of Cherokee Nation 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.