Michele Keshick RN, BS
Community Health Manager
Regina Brubacker-Carver RN
Libby Pearsall, RN
Home Health Nurse
Community Health Rep
Community Health Rep
Health Wellness Advocate
Family Spirit Health Educator
Maternal Child Health Nurse
Community Health Rep
The Community Health Department of Health Services consists of the Community Outreach/Diabetes Program, SDPI Healthy Heart (Mno Ode), Maternal Child Health, The Tribal PREP (Personal Responsibility and Education Program) and Alternative Medicine.
The Community Outreach/Diabetes Program is a specifically funded program to address the needs of diagnosed diabetics, provide education and develop programs to prevent diabetes in our population. They provide comprehensive diabetes education to diagnosed diabetics in the tribal community. This program has a community health nurse who provides home nurse visits; a Health Educator who helps the department meet the criteria of the Diabetes grant as well as two Community Outreach Workers who provide home health visits and limited patient transportation for our local counties with 72 hour notice. This program also has a registered dietician who is contracted to provide nutritional counseling two days per month. They also have foot and nail care “Gichinendama Zidan Gamig” that is offered two days each week.
SDPI Healthy Heart (Mno Ode-Good Heart) is a special diabetes program for Native Americans. The goal of Mno Ode is to “help our patients learn to live in balance”. Services in this project include case management services, more clinic visits, a wide range of appropriate medications and education to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.
The Maternal Child Health Healthy Start Project “Maajtaaf Mnobmaobzid “ is designed to assist Anishnabe women and their families take care of their health and their babies health right from the start. Services provided include; office or home visits by a maternal child health nurse; community health promotion events; referral and follow-up services; health education counseling for teens and their families; transportation to healthcare provider; childbirth education on individualized basis; breastfeeding supplies and support; and incentive for health behaviors.
The overall goal of “Maajtaaf Mnobmaobzid “ is to reduce the risk of infant mortality. Risk factors that contribute to infant mortality include, but are not limited to:
· Maternal Smoking and exposure to 2nd hand tobacco smoke
· Use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs
· Domestic violence
· Gestational Diabetes
· Unintended teen pregnancy
· Lack of appropriate immunizations
· Lack of early prenatal care
The Tribal PREP Personal Responsibility and Education Program is a new grant that will allow LTBB to plan and offer programs to youth on topics such as abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STI’s, healthy relationships, Parent-Child Communication, career success, money management, and healthy life skills. The goal of the program is to help prepare our youth for their transition to adulthood.
Community Health also offers alternative medicine services through a contracted traditional healer, Jake Pine. He is available for appointments two days per month.
Diabetes can be prevented. We offer you the tools that you need to protect yourself and your family. Using modern and traditional teachings we can help each other achieve wellness through balance; strengthening the circle of life. We offer diabetes home management and prevention education that is culturally relevant, focusing on self management using self empowerment, physical activity and nutrition as tools. Sessions can be individual or group. We also offer a Chronic conditions self management calls.
Gichinendama Zidan Gamig
(place of happy feet)
Diabetic Foot Specialists are available to perform annual diabitic foot exams and routine nail/foot care. Non-diabetics are welcome. This service is available to all Tribal Members.
Community Outreach Program
Under the direction of a physician, nurses and community health representatives are available to assess, educate and support community members on their journey to wellness, focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and management of chronic illness.
Staff is available to assist clients with the application process necessary to access community services. Includes but not limited to contract health, Medicare, Medicaid, Michild and Social Security.
Elders – outreach representives are able to check in on Elders, or accompany you to your medical appointment as your advocate if needed.
Medical Transpotation – is available to medical appointments only, if do not have other means available to you. 72 hour notice is required.
Focuses on wellness by using education, physical activity and nutrition to decrease diabetes, asthma, obesity and tobacco abuse. Programs supported include Waganakising Martial Arts, yoga classes at the Native Way, the Home Grown Project, the Tribe2Tribe Walking Challenge and the A Better Choice camp for kids. Contact Regina Brubacker-Carver at 231-242-1664 for more information.
Who Can Join The Project?
The purpose of the project is to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes.
Research has shown that it is possible to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by:
We are looking for volunteers with diabetes to participate in our new project, which includes case management services, more clinic visits, a wide range of appropriate medications, and education to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease.
Could I Have Heart Disease?
Most people do not know if they have cardiovascular disease until they have an emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke.
You could have heart disease if:
Join The SDPI Healthy Heart Project?
The Healthy Heart Project can help you in several ways:
Taking part in this project is voluntary
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