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Public Health Programs

Bridging the People

The Public Health Programs Department is a “relationship” department, bridging the people to IHC’s clinical services, resources and optimum person wellness. Through home visitation, group education, in-clinic visits and community events, this relationship, and the warm interpersonal bonds that develop, contribute to successful appointments; increase in appropriate self-care, and shows our clients that PHP genuinely cares. This can make the difference between health and wellness, or illness and disease.

The Team is made up of a Public Health Representatives (PHR), Public Health Nurses (PHNs), Injury Prevention Coordinator, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator, Physical Exercise Specialist, Environmental Technician, Gym Attendant, Elder Navigator, Tribal Local Opioid Coalition Coordinator, Tribal Practices Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and PHP Director.  The Team provides a wide array of on-site and outreach health and wellness programs to adults and children. At our programs’ core is a cultural sensitivity that makes all the difference.

Specialized Programs

  • Specialized programs include:

  • Community Flu Clinics

  • Health & Wellness Fairs

  • Coordination with outside services

  • Diabetes Education and risk assessments

  • Elder home safety checks, self-help, and empowerment

  • Traditional Practices education and events

  • Environmental health, including fluoride water sampling

  • Health promotion, disease prevention, early intervention through education

  • Fitness in Tribal Schools (FITS) Youth Program

  • Gym Incentive Programs

  • Home visitation by Public Health Nurses & Public Health Representatives

  • Injury Prevention - Child Safety Seats, children's bike rodeos

  • Nutrition education and counseling

  • Physical Exercise classes and consultation

  • Rabies clinics for dogs and cats

  • On-site, on-location and in-the-home …

  • Many programs are offered at IHC's Rincon, the Santa Ysabel facility

  • Activities also take place on consortium reservations and local partner sites.

  • Certified health professionals provide home visits, assessments, and services for those in need of monitoring, case management, referral, and follow-up.


Well/health risk appraisal health fairs offer multi-department efforts coordinated by CHS. These health fairs are offered on all reservations annually and have become an integral, well received event at regional and national health conferences.

An array of “tests” are performed (cholesterol, hemoglobin, blood pressure, blood glucose, and for women over 40 yrs. old and men 60 yrs & older, an osteoporosis screening, and all are documented and filed in participants' medical record. Health education is given through colorful posters on such topics as Breast Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Infant/Toddler Safety, Car Seat Safety, Nutrition, Substance Abuse, Smoking Cessation, and special topics, as requested.

Public Health Nurses are available for “exit interviews” and coordinate follow-up efforts on any finding needing attention. Health Fairs are what Community Health does best in a relaxed, fun setting.

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