Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing our Roots, Living our Maya Heritage (CMPI) is a Non Profit Corporation (pending 501 C3 Status) formed by the Maya community in the State of Nebraska. Since its establishment in 2007, CMPI has created three initiatives for Health, Arts & Culture, and Education. CMPI also established the Maya Leadership Development Center and the Association of Maya Students. CMPI's organizational model consists of community empowerment and networking with organizations, institutions and members of the academic community who are dedicated to the wellbeing of the larger population in Omaha Nebraska.
Initiatives and Programs
The Maya Health Initiative includes CMPI's Peer Health Education and Capacity Building (PHECB) project, Interpreters Network, and Maya Health Assessment Study (MHAS).
Peer Health Education & Capacity Building Project (PHECBP)
The Peer Health Education and Capacity Building Project (PHECBP) are implemented primarily by the Association of Maya Students under the mentorship of Dr. John Stone M.D./Ph.D., Co-Director of the Creighton Center of Health Policy and Ethics. The PHECBP is supported by the Futuro Latino Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation and the National Library of Medicine. It consists of teaching High School students to navigate the National Library of Medicine's web site; then, teach it to the community.
The Maya Health Assessment Study (MHAS)
The Mayans are an integral part of the solution to the health issues we face. The vision of the Maya Health Assessment Study is for the Maya to have a scientific understanding of their current health status; then, develop comprehensive Maya health projects in partnership with Health Care Institution in Omaha, Nebraska. The Principal Investigator is John Stone, M.D./Ph.D., Co-Director of the Creighton Center of Health Policy and Ethics; the Principal Data Analyzer is Renzo Rosales, Ph.D., faculty member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Creighton University.
CMPI's Maya Languages Revitalization Initiative (MLRI)
Though CMPI is cognizant of the ethical, (historical Justice) aesthetic (diversity) and utilitarian (Maya language speakers' employability) benefits, the primary motive of its Maya language revitalization efforts, is that our ancestral philosophical understanding as a people is embedded in every Maya Language. This effort is taking currently happening in many ways.
Maya Medical Interpreters Network
Currently, CMPI's Interpreters Network provides medical interpreting service in the Q'anjob'al Maya Language. The vision is that CMPI will be able to provide this service in all 24 Maya Languages.
1. CMPI establishes a working relationship with a health care provider
2. Health Care Providers, provide CMPI with patient name and appointment times
3. CMPI sends a Q'anjob'al interpreter.
4. CMPI Invoices Health Care Providers for interpretation services provided
The Maya Arts & Culture initiative includes CMPI's Marimba Comunitaria Pixan Ixim, and the Danza Maya Pixan Ixim group.
Consistent with our core value of equality, participants are students and teachers at the same time. CMPI's Education Initiative includes classes for English, Maya Q'anjob'al, Driver's Education, Citizenship, and Literacy.
Classes start one week after Creighton University starts its semester and finish one week before Creighton University end its semester.
Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
Creighton Center for Service and Justice
Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity
Association of Maya Students (AMS)
The Association of Maya Students promotes education, community service and youth leadership consistent with CMPI's mission statement and Maya World View and Spirituality.
Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00pm : Community Service, Maya Dance practice and Marimba Lessons at St. Francis of Assisi on 32nd and K
Peer Health Education and Capacity Building Project : Teach community members how to navigate the National Library of Medicine's website to find pertinent health information.
Participate in the yearly Maya National Conference
Friends of the Association of Maya Students:
The National Library of Medicine
Fr. Raymond Bucko and the Native American Studies Program at Creighton University
Pastoral Maya Inc.