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Our Promise:  

"We are dedicated to helping every Tribal Health recipient receive high-quality health care grounded in our Tribal values."

On Friday, June 22, 2018, new health care provider Mary Shick will join Tribal Health.  Mary is an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Diabetes Educator (AGNP, CDE).

Mary joins Tribal Health in an increased effort to support Tribal Health recipients who are managing chronic symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

“We are very excited to have Mary Shick join Tribal Health,” said Department Head Teresa Wall-McDonald.  “We are committed to providing health care that improves the quality of life for recipients that are managing diabetes.  Mary is dedicated to help those who experience this chronic condition.”

Mary grew up in Townsend, Mont., and her family has lived in Arlee since 1999.  She received her first nursing degree from MSU Northern in Havre, Mont., then worked in Columbus Hospital (now named Benefis Healthcare) in Great Falls, Mont.  After moving to the western part of the state, Mary worked in the medical oncology unit at St. Patricks Hospital in Missoula before embarking on additional training and experience in the Providence Diabetes Education Program.  

Currently, Mary will see recipients of Tribal Health for two days each month, while continuing her current work as a health care provider in the Western Montana Clinic system in Missoula.

“I went into diabetes education because I began to see how powerful it is to help a person make changes that could add years to their life,” said Mary.  “I am passionate about empowering people with solid strategies, coupled with cutting edge medical care for diabetes, so that recipients can enjoy an improved quality of life.”

Recipients who experience chronic conditions of diabetes can designate Mary as their primary care provider, or can get a referral for Mary’s care by their primary care provider, or through the Tribal Health Diabetes Program.  

To learn more, please call Brenda Bodnar at the Tribal Health Diabetes Program, at 406-745-3525, or visit the website at www.cskthealth.org for more information.

Tribal Health of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes provides comprehensive health care services to recipients including audiology/speech; behavioral health; dental; medical; nursing; optical; pharmacy; physical therapy; radiology; and wellness across a rich network on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Tribal Health is dedicated to a promise that every Tribal Health recipient receives high-quality health care grounded in tribal values— supporting each recipient’s journey of “Being in a Good Way.”

PRE-DIABETES CLASS:

PREVENT T2

 

STARTS:

WEDNESDAY APRIL 4TH, 2018

 

TIME:

6:30-7:30PM

 

@:

ELMO TRIBAL HEALTH CENTER

 

MORE INFORMATION:

CALL MATTEA GRANT - CERTIFIED LIFESTYLE COACH

406-849-5616 EXT. 7426 

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

This federal public health program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population.  

WIC’s goal is to improve health by informing families about good health practices and by providing nutritious foods to eligible participants.

Every year, hundreds of women, infants, and children receive health screenings, nutrition assessments, and health education from the Tribal Health WIC Program.

Tribal Health WIC Program provides vouchers to purchase nutritional food.

Breastfeeding support is provided by a certified lactation counselor to assist women with issues or concerns. Tribal Health’s WIC Program also provides breast pumps for qualified participants.

Tribal Health WIC staff work with recipients and provide referrals as needed for other services.

Eligibility

Persons applying for WIC benefits must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Recipients must be part of the population WIC serves, including:

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women
  • Infants and children up to age 5
  • The household must reside in Montana
  • The household income is at or below current WIC income guidelines, or the household meets adjunctive income eligibility definition

How to Apply

Persons wishing to apply for WIC must contact the Tribal Health WIC Program to set up an appointment. Please call 406-745-3525 and ask for the WIC program to learn more about documentation that will be required when you meet with WIC Program staff.

Tribal Health WIC Hours & Locations

ST. IGNATIUS WIC

Mondays & Fridays 8-5pm

Wednesdays (walk-ins only) 8:30-4:30pm

406-745-3525 ext. 5068

 

ARLEE WIC

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8-5pm

406-745-3525 ext. 5068

406-726-2302

 

RONAN WIC

Mondays & Tuesday & Wednesdays 8-5pm

Thursdays (except for the 4th Thursday of each month) 8-5pm

406-676-0137 ext. 6155

 

PABLO WIC

Fridays 8-5pm

406-676-0137 ext. 1628

 

ELMO WIC

4th Thurdays of the month 9:30-3:30pm

406-849-5798

 

ATTENTION MEDICARE RECIPIENTS:

YOU’RE GETTING A NEW MEDICARE CARD! 

 

YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW MEDICARE CARD SOMETIME BETWEEN APRIL 2018 AND APRIL 2019. NO MORE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON YOUR CARD— TO PROTECT YOU FROM IDENTITY THEFT AND TO KEEP YOUR INFORMATION MORE SECURE. THE NEW CARD WON’T CHANGE YOUR COVERAGE OR YOUR CURRENT BENEFITS. 

 

GET READY FOR YOUR NEW CARD.

>>MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS IS UP TO DATE. 

>>BEWARE OF ANYONE WHO CONTACTS YOU ABOUT YOUR NEW MEDICARE CARD. NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR PRIVATE INFORMATION TO GET YOUR CARD. 

>>MAILING EVERYONE A NEW CARD WILL TAKE TIME, SO YOUR CARD MAY ARRIVE AT A DIFFERENT TIME THAN OTHERS. 

 

QUESTIONS?

Call Alice Moran at the St. Ignatius Health Center,406-745-3525 x5087 or Gloria Quiver at the Polson Health Center, 406-883-5541 x7319. Or Social Security at 1-866-831-9029 or go online at www.ssa.gov. Create an online account for address changes, to receive your Social Security Statements, and more.

On March 19, 2018, Tribal Health will officially go Epic.   Epic is the new electronic health records system adopted by Tribal Health to improve the delivery of health care services to recipients.  To help understand what this means, here are some Q & A’s:

Q. Why Go Epic?

A. Right now, Tribal Health is using an old electronic health records (EHR) system that was used by the Indian Health Service, called RPMS.  As of today, this old system is not meeting the needs of Tribal Health.

 

Q. Why can’t Tribal Health keep using the current electronic health records system?

A. In the near future RPMS will no longer work.  As CSKT Tribal Health continues to pioneer a new way of delivering health care to our community, Tribal Health has decided to adopt a new electronic health record (EHR) called Epic that will better suit the needs of Tribal Health recipients.

 

Q. Why choose Epic?

A. Epic will improve the health care and records of all Tribal Health recipients by making records more easily available and consistent.  Epic also streamlines workflows of staff and health care providers, in addition to improving the business processes to help bring Tribal Health to a new standard of delivering health care to the community.

 

Q. What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

A. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic record of a recipient’s health care history, that is maintained by the health care provider over time including demographics, progress notes, problem lists, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports.   

Epic will help strengthen the relationship between recipients and their health care providers.  With Epic, there is better access to data, allowing health care providers to make better decisions and provide better care.  For example, Epic will improve recipient care by:

  • Reducing the potential of medical errors by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records;
  • Making the health information more available to the provider(s), reducing duplication of tests, reducing delays in treatment, and assisting recipients to be better informed to make better health related decisions.

 

Q. How will recipients be affected by these changes?

A. Tribal Health is working hand-in-hand with technical staff to make the transition to Epic smooth.  Staff are being trained in the new systems.  As the Tribal Health staff learns the new system, we ask for patience from the community, as we work to improve your health care services by adopting this new electronic health records system.

 

Q. Will Tribal Health recipients also get additional access to their health care information through Epic?

A. Yes, Epic allows for the implementation of an online connection to recipients’ health care providers, through software called MyChart.

MyChart is a free service that gives secure, online access to a recipient’s health care team and medical record — wherever and whenever they want.  

With MyChart, recipients will be able to: 

  • Review medications, immunizations and medical history;
  • Communicate with their health care team;
  • Request prescription renewals;
  • Review results for most tests;
  • Get clinic after-visit summaries;
  • Schedule the next primary care appointment;

 

Q. Why is Epic valuable?

A. One valuable aspect of Epic includes the ability to correspond more effectively with other health care providers in the region.  With the new electronic health records system, Tribal Health can also access recipient data from outside of Tribal Health such as radiology images, and lab results to name a few.  

Internally, Epic will help Tribal Health providers provide better health care while Tribal Health business staff will be able to improve business practices.

Another great benefit to being more integrated with the regional health care network is that Tribal Health recipients will now get more timely access (i.e., immediately as needed) to MRI and mammograms verses waiting for the mobile units that parked outside of the Tribal Health facilities every two weeks.

 

Q. Are there other software programs that will fit into the new Tribal Health electronic health records system besides just Epic? 

A. Yes, because Tribal Health is unique— due to funding sources and the rich network of services that are offered— Tribal Health is adopting other systems to integrate with Epic to make the business of delivering health care services to recipients run smoothly.  

Some of the new software includes Pioneer (for the Pharmacy program); Dentrix (for the Dental program) and Nuvodia (an Inland Imaging program for the new Personal Archiving Communications System also called PACS for viewing radiology images).

 

Q. What is the timeline for adopting Epic?

A. Tribal Health will go-live with Epic on March 19, 2018. 

 

Q. How is Tribal Health preparing for the transition to Epic?

A. Currently, the transition to Epic includes a lot of technical work behind the scenes, first through identifying the specific needs of Tribal Health, then writing specific programming that will then be uploaded as the new system goes live in March.

Staff are being trained on the new aspects of the system.  Hardware has been evaluated and replaced as needed.  Some updates of current software is also be implemented.   

 

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If there are any questions or concerns, Tribal Health asks recipients to call Yvonne Conko, Tribal Health, at 406-745-3525 ext. 5021.

 

Tribal Health of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes provides comprehensive health care services to recipients including audiology/speech; behavioral health; dental; medical; nursing; optical; pharmacy; physical therapy; radiology; and wellness across a rich network on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Tribal Health is dedicated to a promise that every Tribal Health recipient receives high-quality health care grounded in tribal values— supporting each recipient’s journey of “Being in a Good Way."

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