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 managment 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.

Health Screening

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.

 

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.

N95 Masks

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.

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

COMMUNITY HEALTH
93 Children's
Home Loop
Cherokee, NC 28719

Vivian Solis
Program Manager
email

828-554-6871

Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:45 am - 4:30 pm
 

 

LEARN THE FACTS ...

What is encephalitis? Encephalitis is a viral disease that causes swelling and inflamation of the brain. It is spread by infected mosquitoes.

What are the symptoms? It is usually a mild illness with fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. If severe can cause seizures, tremors and swelling of the brain.

Who can get it? Anyone can get it but children and persons who work outside in an area where the infected mosquitoes are located are at greater risk.

What can I do? Reduce mosquito areas around your home. Remove any containers that can hold water (buckets, outdoor toys, unused flower pots, small boats, old tires, litter, etc.), keep gutters clean, use screened windows and doors.

When outside wear dark clothing i.e. long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially in the early morning and early evening

Use mosquito repellent, containing DEET (read labels and/or consult physician especially when using on young children) particularly in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.

More information

Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis-or as most people call it-“stomach bug”.  A new strain that was first discovered in Australia is now the leading cause of this virus in America. Whether you are dealing with the old or new strain, the symptoms, treatment and prevention methods are all the same.

Symptoms
• suddenly feel sick
• nausea
• vomiting
• diarrhea
• less likely - fever, muscle aches, fatigue

Dangers
• dehydration
• very contagious
• sick person is contagious for three days after they get better
• hand sanitizer does not kill norovirus
•there is no vaccine to prevent it
• can get norovirus more than one time<

Prevention
• wash hands with soap and water
• wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating
• cook oysters and shellfish
• clean surfaces where sick members may have touched with bleach solution(one part bleach to ten parts water)
• do not prepare food or work with food if you have been sick for at least three days after you are better