Human Services

Community Health - Adult Services

Community Health Services provides many services for adults in the Fond du Lac community. See below for information about the PHN adult programs.

Adult Immunizations
Life threatening diseases may be prevented for children and adults by being properly immunized. The Public Health Nursing Department provides information and immunization clinics for all age groups.

Cancer Prevention
Cancer is a major problem for American Indian communities. This program provides education on all aspects of cancer, promotes cancer screening, and links people with cancer and their caregivers to supportive resources. Cancer Researchers don’t have enough information about what contributes to cancer in American Indians or what interventions might help to reduce cancer in the population. This program helps gather more information and form partnerships to address these areas for the Fond du Lac community.

Communicable Disease Follow-up
A Public Health Nurse contacts clients who have been diagnosed with a communicable disease to assure they have received the proper course of medication and to prevent further health problems.

Community Health Representatives
Community Health Representatives (CHRs) provide transportation for individuals only after all resources are exhausted. CHRs will transport to medical, dental, WIC, and optical appointments. Appointments should be confirmed with the CHRs schedule to assure that clients arrive on time to their appointment. CHRs will wait for clients and transport them back home. No one under the age of 18 will be transported without a parent. CHRs also deliver medications to homebound individuals with no other means of getting their medications.

Diabetes Prevention ("On the Move")
Exercise classes, food preparation classes and client information designed to promote awareness of diabetes and to prevent diabetes in people at risk to develop it. Classes are made fun through group participation and incentives. Fitness classes include yoga, stretching, weight lifting, walking and more.
Diabetes Program Site

Tobacco Cessation
Tobacco Cessation is designed to help you quit smoking through four
one-hour individual sessions. You will learn about the challenges of
quitting tobacco and ways to overcome them, so you can quit for good. The Tobacco Cessation Educator will use a carbon monoxide Smokerlyzer to help you see the immediate effects smoking has on your body, as well as the immediate benefits of quitting. Tobacco cessation aides such as nicotine patches, wellbutrin, Chantix, acupuncture, herbal remedy and self-hypnosis are available for those who are eligible. If you are interested in learning if you are eligible for these services, the Tobacco Cessation Educator can refer you to the appropriate service provider.

Cancer Prevention
Cancer is a major problem for American Indian communities. This program provides education on all aspects of cancer, promotes cancer screening, and links people with cancer and their caregivers to supportive resources. Cancer Researchers don’t have enough information about what contributes to cancer in American Indians or what interventions might help to reduce cancer in the population. This program helps gather more information and form partnerships to address these areas for the Fond du Lac community.

Elder Exercise
Classes are provided twice weekly at the Tribal Center and once a week at the Washington Center in Duluth. Elders are encouraged to attend the classes to feel good and prevent health problems. Activities include walking, swimming, video exercise and chair exercises if needed.

Elder Picnic
An annual picnic held at Molstad’s on Big Lake. BINGO and prizes promote fun and a good time for all.

Medication Delivery
Community Health Representatives (CHRs) deliver medical prescriptions daily for clients who are sick or have no means of getting their prescriptions. Requests for medication deliveries must be made by 3:00PM or they will be put on the schedule for the following day.

Community Nutrition Educator
The Community Nutrition Educator will assist families by providing basic nutrition education, including improving dietary quality, food security, food safety and shopping behaviors.

Respite and Caregivers
Services are for families with a homebound or disabled elder. A Health Care Assistant is able to provide personal cares and socialization while the care giving family member runs errands, attends appointments, etc.