The Nooksack Indian Health Department is committed to providing the highest quality services, which are supported by a qualified medical staff. They strive for continuous improvement, with the goal and intention of raising the standards of health care within the Nooksack Tribal membership. Located in Everson, Wash., Tribal Clinic provides a range of medical and health care services.
An ambulatory health care center that serves members of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Tribal Member community. Also offered are community health prevention and education services to the patients to ensure they receive health care to the fullest extent including, Medical, Dental, Community Health/Health Nursing, Mental Health Counseling, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Chemical Dependency Prevention and Contract Health Services.
Primary health care services are provided in the 5,000 SF tribally owned clinic. The program is operated under a P.L. 93-638, Title I contract with the Indian Health Service. The Nooksack Tribe contracts under the 413 amendments of P.L. 93-638 for its area and headquarters shares. Programs include primary care, alcohol counseling, mental health services, public health nursing, nutrition, CHR and dental care. The clinic staff includes a nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse, three community health representatives, a alcohol counselor and part time mental health counselor/social worker. Dental services are provided by a joint venture with SeaMar (a private provider). Nooksack provides dental chairs, a 750 SF facility and SeaMar provides a dentist. WIC services are provided by the Tribe. Patients who have no other medical coverage continue to travel to the Lummi Tribal Health Center for direct care services that are not provided at the Nooksack Clinic. The Nooksack Tribe is part of the Northwest Washington Service Unit Health Board (NWSUHB) that also includes Lummi, Upper Skagit and Swinomish. The NWSUHB is a non-profit organization established in the early 1980’s. The Health Board contracts for sanitation services under a P.L. 93-638, Title I consortium agreement. A full-time position is funded and the sanitarian provides services one day a week at Nooksack. Services include supervision of contaminated waste handling, food handling permits, health inspections of tribal facilities, water quality and sewage management, vector control and solid waste disposal, among other duties as assigned by the Tribal Health Department. The Tribe’s Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) is Whatcom County. The enrolled population is approximately 1,341 and the Indian population on or near the reservation is 740. The active user population is approximately 4200. The leading causes of death are heart disease, malignant neoplasm, cerebrovascular disease, motor vehicle accident, and digestive diseases.
The Medical Clinic Community Health and Community Nurse Services programs purpose is to provide direct prevention, wellness and outreach services to the patient population providing comprehensive preventative and health support services including Diabetes screening and testing, Diabetes education and management, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, home health visits, health education, elders and veterans outreach, medical visit transportation and medicine pick up and delivery.
The Dental Program provides quality dental care. The purpose of the Dental Clinic is to provide comprehensive dentistry care to include General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Specialized Dental Care Referral and Oral Health Prevention Education.
Contract Health Care Services provides specialized health care services that are not provided at the Nooksack Medical Clinic. The need for CHS services must be determined by an on-site primary care provider and is provided dependent upon the availability of CHS funds and relative medical priority. The CHS funds are to be used only after it has been established that the individual applicant is eligible for CHS benefits and no other resources are available to the person requiring CHS services.