Battle with the Northwind
Retells the S'Klallam folktale of a squirrel and a wren that outwitted and subdued the northiwind to end a time of bitter cold and harsh conditions for the S'Klallam people.
From the South Campus Totem Pole Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gilles and Ed Charles. Volunteer Carver: Harry Burlingone. Photo by Dale Faulstich
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382
Our Mission to Enhance Health...
"Our Community Health Program focuses on promoting wellness, preventing health problems, assisting Tribal Citizens to manage their health problems and advocating so that Tribal Citizens receive appropriate, quality services from health care providers in the local community."
Two Registered Nurses, a certified Community Health Representative and our Diabetes Program Coordinator make up the staff of the Community Health Program. Staff provides and coordinates Health Screening programs including screening for Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Anemia, Osteoporosis and Breast Cancer. These services are available on an as needed basis and at our annual Health Fair. The Health Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for Tribal families to participate in health screening, to obtain information and to interact with our staff and other health care professionals who participate in this great event. If health screening identifies a concern, our nurses follow through to assist families to make decisions about the next steps for health care, provide referrals to providers and help coordinate health care services.
Vaccination is a primary way to prevent illness. Staff provides childhood vaccinations and helps families to track and schedule their vaccinations. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations are provided for our Elders and others who are at higher risk for these illnesses. Often the screening and vaccination services are done in coordination with other events and programs such as the Elders Luncheon and After School Program. Native Americans have a higher likelihood of developing diabetes than the general population. Over the past several years, our staff has targeted diabetes as an area of concern. Our monthly Diabetes Dinner and Support Group provides an opportunity for all of the Tribal Community to get together, socialize and learn more about diabetes prevention and care. Community Health staff provide individual support during home visits and help teach families and individuals to monitor their health and manage their care. Our Injury Prevention and Highway Safety programs demonstrate our emphasis on prevention. Child car seats are loaned to Tribal families and our Community Health Representative, a certified safety instructor, demonstrates the proper installation and use of this important protection for children. Our CHR also helped Elders and other Tribal citizens to identify health and safety concerns within the home and find ways to make homes as safe as possible.
Our Community Health, Economic Services and Elders programs strive to improve health through good nutrition. Home Delivered Meals are provided for Tribal Elders; Commodity Foods and Vouchers are provided for families to supplement their food supply during difficult economic situations; and, a Food Bank is available to provide additional food. The Women, Infant and Child (WIC) Program provides supplemental foods for pregnant mothers and families with children up to five years. Community Health staff help parents learn about their child's development and provide an ear and a helping hand with child raising concerns. Dietary Consulting services are available from Registered Dieticians to families in the WIC program and to Tribal Citizens living with diabetes.
Minimizing future health and social problems by preventing drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco use is a goal of our social and health programs. The Youth Empowerment Program and the After School Program provide opportunities for children and youth to be involved in group activities that provide a healthy alternative to risky behavior. Our Community Health program staff work with the children and youth program staff to plan physically healthy activities and to provide information and education in a fun and appealing way to help our youth build the strength and support that helps them choose to avoid drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
For those youth and adults who have made the decision to heal, our Counseling Center provides Treatment Services. Certified Chemical Dependency Counselors provide assessment services, individual and group counseling for youth and adults. Recovery and family support services are provided to help participants maintain sobriety.
Health care services are provided for Tribal citizens living in our health service area of Clallam and Jefferson counties through our innovative Managed Care Program (MCP). The program staff works with private insurance companies, the Washington Basic Health Medicaid and Medicare to provide medical insurance coverage to eligible Tribal citizens. The MCP manages the budget to provide authorized vision, mental health and wellness services, including nicotine replacement therapy, for eligible Tribal citizens.
Limited payments for health benefits are
available for Tribal s living outside of the service area. The
Tribal Council will set a maximum benefit amount each year.
Payments can be made directly to health care providers or reimbursed
to citizens. Please contact the MCP for more information.
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