Division of Environmental Health Services

Mission Statement:

Create and maintain a dynamic organization that meets its objectives to the satisfaction of those being served and with a high degree of morale and sense of achievement on the part of those rendering the services.

Program Goal:

To reduce morbidity and mortality rates due to injuries and environmentally related diseases.

Services Available

Injury Prevention and Control (IPC)

  • Conduct seat belt and car seat surveys with intervention educaion.
  • Develop and provide seat belt and car seat use surveys to the public at health fairs, Chapters, schools, and Law Enforcement Agencies to encourage seat belt and car seat use, and enforcement of existing Tribal and State laws.
  • Provide seat belt and car seat education to local schools and head start students, staff, and parents.
  • Distribute car seats at a low cost.
  • Assist communities interested in submitting Injury Prevention Grant Proposals.
  • Provide educational presentations to local leaders, Chapter Officials and Health Board members.
  • Identify high-risk population and factors contributing to injuries through active injury surveillance.
  • Plan and implement community injury prevention activities.
  • Provide information and technical assistance to communities on injury prevention.
  • Provide financial assistance to approved IPC projects.

Food Sanitation

  • Survey institutional food service establishments.
  • Train institutional food service workers.
  • Investigate reported food borne illnesses.
  • Conduct plan review and site evaluations for proposed new food services (e.g. restaurants, cafes, etc.).

Water/Wastewater/Solid Waste

  • Survey public water and wastewater systems.
  • Provide technical assistance in operating temporary water and wastewater systems.
  • Investigate water quality and wastewater complaints.
  • Provide technical assistance on solid waste issues.

Institutional Environmental Health

  • Conduct plan reviews and site evaluations prior to construction of new facilities.
  • Conduct comprehensive environmental health and safety surveys of Tribal institutions (e.g. schools, head start programs, day cares, nursing homes, residential care facilities, detention centers, etc.).
  • Provide environmental assessments upon referral or special request for public buildings.

Infectious Disease Control

  • Investigate communicable disease outbreaks (e.g. plague, Hantavirus, enteric illnesses, etc.).
  • Provide technical assistance on insect and rodent control.

Environmental Health Education

  • Conduct, upon request, informational presentations on environmental health issues.
  • Participate in Chapter and organizational health fairs.