Community Health Services
For the duration of the Oneida Nation’s Public Health State of Emergency, the Nation is directing resources toward mitigation efforts and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our website may not be updated regularly – please refer to the Nation’s website, oneida-nsn.gov/covid-19, and the Nation’s social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.
Community Health Services Mission:
The Community Health Services Department is a responsive leader in promoting health and preventing disease through collaborative efforts in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating services to meet the holistic health needs of our Oneida Community.
Community Health Services (CHS) are provided by the following departments:
Car Seat Education Clinics, Wellness Education, Immunization Clinics, Communicable Disease Investigation, School Nursing, and Prenatal Care Program
For more information on CHS Population Based services please call (920) 869-4840
Case Management – Long Term Care
Family Care, Tribal Dementia Care Specialist, and In Home Care Program
For more information on CHS Case Management – Long Term Care services please call (920) 869-4995.
Programs such as Diabetes Prevention Program and Wellness Coaching for making lifestyle changes to improve health and quality of life.
For more information on CHS Health Promotion services please call (920) 490-3927
Educates and empowers the community toward healthy lifestyles for today and the future.
For more information on CHS WIC and Nutrition services please call (920) 869-4829
Oneida Community Health Hosts 100th COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Written by Oneida Community/Public Health
The COVID-19 vaccine distribution team reached an important milestone on September 15th. The team hosted their 100th COVID-19 vaccine clinic! Hundreds of hours of planning, preparing, and coordination has gone into hosting these vaccine clinics, making the 100th that much more of an accomplishment for the team.
Two days before Christmas of 2020, 400 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Oneida Community Health Center. That same day, (December 23rd, 2020) healthcare staff visited Anna John Resident Centered Care Community and began vaccinating residents. In the early stages of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the supply of vaccine was limited, meaning that vaccination efforts were rolled out in a phased approach, to ensure that the vaccine was delivered in an equitable and effective manner. The vaccine distribution team first began offering the vaccine to residents in long-term care facilities, healthcare staff, and first responders/EMS staff. As time moved on and the team advanced through each phase, more and more community members became eligible to receive the vaccine. COVID Vaccination Clinics were moved to the Oneida Nation Elementary School to accommodate and vaccinate upwards of 400 people per day. In the summer of 2021, the team hosted walk-in, or drive-through, clinics at the Health Center, Main Casino, Farmer’s Market, and Clifford Webster Building in efforts to reach more people in the community. As of September 10th – The Oneida Comprehensive Health Division’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution team has administered 8,487 COVID-19 vaccines.
Hosting the 100th COVID-19 vaccine clinic is a great accomplishment! The Vaccine Distribution Team was supported by numerous departments within the Oneida Nation Organization. The team would like to extend a big thank you to all the staff and teams who assisted with the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This includes:
- Oneida Police Department
- Oneida Nation Elementary School
- Oneida Custodial
- Oneida Communications
- Oneida DPW
- Oneida Integrated Food Systems
- Oneida Security
- Community Health (Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, WIC/Nutrition, Case Management, Long-Term Care)
- Employee Health Nursing
- OCHD Pharmacy
- OCHD Medical
- OCHD Patient Account Representatives (PARS)
- OCHD Administration
- Oneida Recreation Department
- Oneida Transit
We apologize if we missed anyone else who also assisted with the COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
The COVID-19 vaccine distribution team continues to offer vaccine clinics and provide information and education related to the COVID vaccines. If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Oneida Comprehensive Facebook page to see where the vaccine clinics will be hosted each month! If you have any additions questions or concerns, please reach out to us at 920-869-4840.
Timeline of Events
- On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was officially declared a pandemic. That same day, the Oneida Nation Chairman signed a “Declaration of Public Health State of Emergency.”
- On March 24, 2020, the Oneida Nation determined that a Safer at Home declaration was needed and declared a “Stay at Home or Place of Residence” order. This order limited travel and gatherings to all tribal members on the reservation except in areas such as: Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations, non-essential Minimum Basic Operations, Essential Travel, and Special Situations.
- On July 27th, 2020, the Oneida Nation Public Health Officer issued a mask mandate, requiring all individuals five years and older who are present on the Oneida Nation Reservation to wear a face covering anytime they are/will be in contact with people from outside their household.
- On December 23rd, the Oneida Comprehensive Health Division received its first 400 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That same day, healthcare staff visited AJRCCC to vaccinate residents.
- On December 30th, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held at the Oneida Community Health Center to begin vaccinating health care staff.
- On January 28th, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held at the Oneida Nation Elementary School to begin vaccinating elders.
- On April 5th, the State of Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened to everyone ages 16 years and older.
- On May 13th, children 12-15 years old were approved to receive the Pfizer COVID-29 vaccine.
Information and Resources on COVID-19
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- Prevent Getting Sick
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
- Quarantine & Isolation
- COVID-19 Cases & Data Tracker
- March 18, 2020 Travel Notice to the Community from the Public Health Officer
The Oneida Comprehensive Health Division continues to offer the COVID-19 Vaccine at a variety of locations. Please call 920-869-4840 for any questions.
Community Health Improvement Plan
Click here for the 2018 Data Summit presentation.
Focus Area: Emotional Wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing is an important part of overall health and is just as important as physical health. Emotional Wellbeing affects how we think, feel and act. It also affects how we relate to others, respond to stress, and make decisions. Healthy Emotional Wellbeing promotes a sense of self-worth and helps people form and maintain supportive relationships with others.
Emotional Wellbeing issues are common and can be the result of brain chemistry, trauma, stress, family history, and several other factors.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve Emotional Wellbeing, including personal choices and the many resources available throughout Oneida.
Traditionally, we have thrived by coming together as a tribe to support one another. By building a community of understanding, support and acceptance within Oneida, we promote a common goal of Emotional Wellbeing for everyone.
As part of the Emotional Wellbeing focus area for this CHIP initiative, we will feature ongoing Emotional Wellbeing topics and resources.
Focus Area: Physical Wellness
Physical Wellness is more than just the absence of disease; it is a multi-faceted concept that is recognized when a person, or population is in a state of optimal health. Optimal health is achieved when the body is operating at the most efficient state, regardless of the limitations of disease process(es). There are many things that influence a person’s Physical Wellness and some of these things cannot be controlled. Fortunately, there are many choices a person makes that can improve their Physical Wellness.
Increasing physical activity; eating more fruits and vegetables; not smoking or quitting smoking; limiting alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight are choices a person can make to improve their quality of life and Physical Wellness.
Historical events have erased much of the Oneida Community’s cultural identity and traditional practices which have caused a dramatic decrease in what was once the healthiest population on the planet. Reclaiming the Oneida culture and making healthy personal choices will create an environment supportive of developing and maintaining a community rooted in Physical Wellness.
As part of the Physical Wellness focus area of the CHIP initiative, we will highlight resources that encourage increasing physical activity for Oneida Community Members throughout the lifespan and at various levels of perceived Physical Wellness. Also, as part of the CHIP campaign, tracking and monitoring individual’s physical activity through multimedia tools at Oneida community events.
Oneida Behavioral Health, Oneida Environmental Health and Safety, MIS, Oneida Parks and Recreation, Oneida Community Health Center Medical Clinic, Oneida Cultural Heritage, Oneida Transit Authority, and Oneida Family Fitness Center. Look for more about these strategies in the Kaliwisaks, on the Oneida Nation website, the Community Health Services, on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneidaNation.Health, through Oneida communications, and at community events.
Public Health Accreditation
November 20, 2018 – Oneida Community Health Services achieves public health accreditation!
Community Health Services Accreditation Resources:
National Indian Health Board Website
Public Health Accreditation Board Website
Community Health Services Essential Public Health Services Poster
How Accreditation Improves Our Health
Hospitals, schools, police, and fire departments employ standards to help protect and serve the public. Public health accreditation standards assure local health departments maximize their potential to protect and improve people’s health in their communities. Accreditation is a successful program for routinely assessing performance and improving quality!
Director of Community Health Services
Michelle Myers, BSN, RN – Community/Public Health Officer
Population Based Programming
Debra Santiago, BSN, RN – Public Health Manager
Andrea Kolitsch, BSN, RN – Community/Public Health Nurse
Betsey Nickel, BSN, RN – Community/Public Health Nurse
Candi Cornelius, MSN, RN, CLC – Prenatal Care Coordinator
Carol Torres – Administrative Assistant
Char Kizior, BSN, RN, NCSN – Headstart Nurse Consultant
Kristine Labby, BSN, RN – School Nurse Consultant
Leah Fuss, MSN, RN – Community/Public Health Nurse
Mollie Passon, CHES, Public Health Coordinator
Community Health Nursing Case Management
Brenda Haen, BSN, RN – Community Health Manager
Barb Webster, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Brittany Skenandore, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Louetta Fowler, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Maria Danforth – Community Health Representative
Neva Archiquette – Community Health Representative
Phyl Shaline, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Tina Danforth – Community Health Representative
Toni Walking Eagle – Community Health Representative
Community Health Case Management Long Term Care
Carrie Lindsey, BSW, CSW – Case Management Program Manager
Beatrice Skenandore – Home Care Worker
Becky Stevens, Home Care Worker
Debra Miller, BSW, CSW – Dementia Care Specialist
Mallory Patton – Tribal Option Case Manager
Rachel Lemke, BSW – Tribal Option Social Worker
Tamar Ramirez – Home Care Worker
Tammy Skenandore – Administrative Assistant
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Stefanie Reinke, CHCW – Health Promotion Manager
Amanda Riesenberg – Stroke Prevention Wellness Coach
Belinda McLester, CHCW – Health Promotion Specialist
Dawn Krines Glatt, CHCW – Health Promotion Specialist
Hanna Leisgang – Health Promotion Coordinator
Jo Ann Eland – Data Coordinator
Tahkwatekwa (Tek) Skenandore, CPC – Health Promotion Specialist
Susan Higgs, RDN, CD, WIC Nutrition Manager
Alyssa Hudak, RDN, CD, CLC, Dietitian-Lactation Coordinator
Carlissa Spreeman, RDN, CD, Dietitian-WIC Outpatient
Elizabeth Schwantes, RDN, CD, CDE Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator
Samantha Johnson, RDN, CD, Dietitian-Youth Consultant
Heidi McCann, RDN, CD, Dietitian-WIC Outpatient
Kelly Tuszynski, RDN, CD, CLC, Dietitian-WIC Outpatient
Stacy Skenandore, Peer Breastfeeding Counselor
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
2018 Wisconsin Hepatitis C Virus Surveillance Review
Tobacco is Changing
Healthiest Nation in 1 Generation
Public Health Law and Code of Wisconsin
Public Health Laws and Code of Oneida
Center for Disease Control
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Disease Reporting
Oneida Environmental Health and Safety