The Tribe has made significant strides in providing healthcare to the Tribal membership. Prior to 1979, Tribal members had great difficulty accessing care, as resources and funding were largely unavailable. Healthcare services on the reservation actually began with a Nurse Practitioner and Mental Health provider one day a month from the federal Indian Health Service (IHS).
In 1993, the Tribe opened a building which housed the new clinic and all health services. In addition, Contract Health Services were added and later an M.D. and nurse began providing medical care on-site a half day each week. This arrangement continues today as other services were added which include: Billing Assistant, Substance Abuse, Youth Prevention, Diabetes Program, Community Health Representative, Public Health Nursing and Health Director.
As a result of providing on-site services, there has been a substantial increase in utilization of healthcare. Some of the benefits include increased immunization rates and overall positive health outcomes in a number of areas.
Their facility is the Kootenai Tribal Clinic. Providers contracted include 1 physician, 1 physician assistant, 1 LPN, 1 CHR, 1 medical social worker, mental health specialist. These positions are direct tribal hires. Care is covered by contract health. CHR, Alcohol, Dental and Well-Child Program. The total patient population is 300.