Community Health

Community Health serves as a resource in coordinating health care, environmental and social services. We will work with you to identify your needs, and help you get the appropriate assistance. We provide public health nursing services that include tracking of communicable disease, health promotion and disease prevention activities in the community, case management for pregnant women, in-home visits and wellness checks, and coordination of medical appointments and unmet social needs.

Our clients for home-based visits include those eligible for services at Cherokee Indian Hospital. Public Health Nursing addresses health issues for the community at large.

MATERNITY CARE COORDINATOR
We work to improve access to prenatal health care and social services for women with high risk pregnancies. We are advocates and case managers for pregnant women – both Medicaid eligible and non-Medicaid eligible. We will schedule necessary appointments, assist with alternate resource information, and arrange other necessary support services.

Community Health staff has been fitted for N95 Masks. Todd Sumner from EMS generously offered his services to get everyone fitted with the correct mask

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING

• Job site and community health screenings
• Participation in health fairs
• Early detection and prevention outreach programs
• Community education
• Responsible for communicable disease monitoring and reporting
• Home visits by a Registered Nurse
• Patient education
• Liaison between doctors and patients
• Evaluations/assessments and referrals for medical services

April 9, 2010 - Tribal Public Health set up an information booth in celebration of Public Health Awareness Week. Belinda Wilson, Gwen Thompson and Josie Owle were on site to answer health education and disease prevention questions. They offered H1N1 shots and gave out flu grab bags and hand sanitizers. We continue to be in the communities to provide preventive measures against the H1N1. Look for our billboards about H1N1 vaccinations and prevention.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
REPRESENTATIVES (CHRs)

• Home visits in the community for assistance with medical and social needs
• Checking that the home is safe
• Explaining available resources/services
• Assisting with necessary paperwork to receive services
• Coordinate medical and social services appointments and transportation
• Medication/supply pickup and delivery to patient homes or clinics when no other resource is available
• Cherokee language interpreter available