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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,, 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.

CHS Departments

Community Health Services (CHS) are provided by the following departments:


Population-Based Programming

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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

Community Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives, and Prescription Mailing Program
For more information on CHS Case Management services please call (920) 869-4995


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.


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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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


Nutrition Services and WIC Program

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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)
  • MIS
  • 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. 

The OCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Team


Information and Resources on COVID-19

Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data.  Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.  Take precautions to protect yourself an others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.


Quarantine and Isolation Calculator 

Use this tool to determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.


COVID-19 Vaccine

The Oneida Comprehensive Health Division continues to offer the COVID-19 Vaccine at various clinics.  Please call 920-869-4840 for any questions.


Additional Information

For additional information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC or Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Community Health Improvement Plan

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2018-2022

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View Local Physical Activity Events

Focus Area: Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing 90-Day Plan

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 90-Day Plans

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.

Our Partners

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:, 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!

About Us

Community Health Services: 2021-2023 Strategic Plan


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
Leah Fuss, MSN, RN – Community/Public Health Nurse
Mercedes Drew, BSN, RN – School Nurse Consultant
Mollie Passon, CHES, Public Health Coordinator

Community Health Nursing Case Management
Brenda Haen, BSN, RN – Community Health Manager
Brittany Skenandore, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Lisa Miller – Community Health Representative
Louetta Fowler, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
Maria Danforth – Community Health Representative
Neva Archiquette – Community Health Representative
Phyl Shaline, BSN, RN – Community Health Nurse
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
Heather Brocker – Home Care Worker
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
Dawn Krines Glatt, CHCW – Health Promotion Specialist
Hanna Leisgang – Health Promotion 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, LCE Dietitian-WIC Outpatient
Elizabeth Schwantes, RDN, CD, CDE Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator
Heidi McCann, RDN, CD, CLS Dietitian-WIC Outpatient
Kelly Knoebel, RDN, CD, IBCLC, Dietitian-WIC Outpatient

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