The major goal of the Environmental Health Program (EHP) are to reduce and prevent environmentally-related diseases and injuries and assure the highest level of health, safety and comfort to families on the Choctaw reservation.
Primary areas of focus of the EHP include:
Food Safety and Training
Individual Onsite Wastewater Disposal Systems
Aerobic Treatment Unit Maintenance
Septic System Maintenance
The goal of the Public Health Services department is to enable MS Band of Choctaw Indian Tribal members to achieve optimal health by improving each individual's health knowledge, attitudes, and practices about health by promoting, supporting and assisting the Choctaw Health Center with health care delivery at the community level. Our department motto is "Caring for the Community." PHS departments share the responsibility of patient & community screenings for health problems, health education, prevention and follow-up of medical care through several programs. These programs include:
Satellite Clinics: BogueChitto, Conehatta and Red Water clinics provide medical health care to outlying communities through the services of a nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse, clinic clerk and outreach services through community health technicians.
Audiology: hearing screenings and exams by an Audiologist for hearing problems, including hearing screenings by the Audiometric Technician, for children from pre-K through 12th grade and adults.
Optometry: vision services includes a licensed Optometrist for eye exams, diabetic retinopathy exams, and eyewear fittings, adjustments, & minor eyewear repair by the Optometric Technician.
Tuberculosis: surveillance screenings by staff for TB infection, TB disease, and follow-up on all persons exposed to assure appropriate care.
Sexually Transmitted Infection/Disease Control: infection and disease screening, counseling, testing, treatment and contact investigation.
Public Health Nursing & Outreach: personnel participates in programs for the community, including the post-partum home visitation program, health education/awareness activities, special clinics offered to the tribal communities through the CHC, satellite clinics, and other MBCI tribal programs & events.