Fort Hall Indian Health Service

Fort Hall Indian Health Service Official Webpage for Not-tsoo Gah-nee Indian Health Center. Health and Clinic Information.

CDC
05/29/2020

CDC

Updated on May 27: More than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States, with 30 states reporting more than 10,000 cases. To help slow the spread:
-Wash hands often
-Stay 6 feet away from others when you are out and avoid groups
-Wear a cloth face covering if you are able
-Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces
-Stay home if you are sick
https://bit.ly/2UjQ9XR

CDC
05/28/2020

CDC

Contact tracing, a core disease control measure that has been used by health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. See CDC’s guidance on contact tracing here: https://bit.ly/2WY0YQN

05/22/2020
CDC

CDC

CDC has new information to help camps, youth sports, K12 schools & higher education, and restaurants & bars operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since every community is unique, these health considerations emphasize the importance of working with local health officials and adjusting strategies to meet local situations.

Working together, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/39jJeEm

CDC
05/20/2020

CDC

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19. You may feel anxiousness, anger, sadness, or overwhelmed. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about.

• Learn the common signs of stress.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Talk with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Learn more about stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://bit.ly/39UVoEj.

05/19/2020

Thankfully, the telephone system for the Fort Hall Indian Health Service (IHS) has been restored. We apologize for this brief disruption.

05/19/2020

The Fort Hall Indian Health Service is currently without telephone service or the capability to receive or send faxed information. We have been informed that this has also impacted many others in Southeastern Idaho. The restoration or fixing of this problem is currently being addressed by the company Century Link with no estimated time for resolution. We will let you know as soon as these services have been resolved.

Current job opening at our service unit
05/18/2020
Medical Support Assistant (OA)

Current job opening at our service unit

The purpose of the position is to provide support work to medical staff, performing clerical and patient registration duties. This includes patient reception and registration, interacting with patients to obtain pertinent information needed for healthcare services, record keeping duties and provides...

05/18/2020
Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

Join the movement by #ExercisingSafeSweats. COVID-19 poses a unique threat to our communities, our cultures, and our traditions. ASK your Elders to share WISDOM on how to ADAPT your ceremonies to practice your ways AT HOME. PROTECT the ones you LOVE. PRACTICE your ways AT HOME. TOGETHER...WE WILL..GROW STRONGER.

In partnership with We R Native, We Are Healers, and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
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Permissions granted courtesy of A Tribe Called Red

Directed, filmed & edited by: Robert A. Cuadra (atwilightdawn.com)
Produced by Erik Brodt, MD

Special Thanks to:
Thompson Brothers Lax
Footage Permissions granted courtesy of Thompson Brothers Lacrosse, Gayle Kelley of One Bowl Productions, and Lukas Korver (lukaskorver.com)

We are still offering vaccines during this time. Vaccines are provided in the mornings when we see our 'well' patients, ...
05/15/2020
Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine ...

We are still offering vaccines during this time. Vaccines are provided in the mornings when we see our 'well' patients, please call for more information.

On March 13, 2020, the president of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

CDC
05/15/2020

CDC

Pause. Take Breaks. Make Time. Reach Out. Seek Help. These are some of the ways you can cope with stress during these challenging times. CDC and Google have partnered to make sure you have reliable, trusted mental health resources. Learn more: https://bit.ly/340pBQa

05/12/2020
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CDC

Protect yourself from COVID-19 when going shopping:
✔️ If possible, order online or use curbside pickup.
✔️ If you have to go in person, avoid
crowds by going early in the morning or later in the evening.
✔️ Wear a face covering, and do not move it or touch your face.
✔️ Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
✔️ If possible, clean your cart with disinfectant wipes.
✔️ Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after paying.
✔️ Wash your hands with soap and water after leaving the store and after you put away your items.

Get more tips: https://bit.ly/34ucuqJ

CDC
05/11/2020

CDC

If you have chronic lung disease or asthma, you are at higher risk for getting seriously ill from coronavirus. Learn how you can take steps to protect yourself and slow the spread at coronavirus.gov.

Health InformationThe Privacy Rule gives you rights over your health information. Health care workers make every effort ...
05/07/2020
Filing a HIPAA Complaint

Health Information

The Privacy Rule gives you rights over your health information. Health care workers make every effort to keep your information confidential. If you believe that your health information privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This can be done through their online portal or by mail: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/filing-a-complaint/index.html . If you are a patient at the Fort Hall Indian Health Service, you can also contact Jamie Furniss, HIPAA Officer, at (208) 238-5436.

If your rights under health information privacy or the Privacy, Security or Breach Notification Rules were violated, file a complaint with OCR.

05/06/2020
CDC

CDC

Parents: Be prepared to answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your children will understand. Watch this video for tips on how to support your children during this stressful time. https://bit.ly/340pBQa

05/05/2020
CDC

CDC

Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others. More prevention tips: https://bit.ly/2QbLFkW

CDC
05/04/2020

CDC

If you must travel, take these steps to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 during your trip:
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid close contact with others
• Wear a cloth face covering in public
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Pick up food at drive-throughs or at the curb. Do not dine-in.
https://bit.ly/2IZicXj

It’s National Infant Immunization Week! Getting vaccines for your baby is important, but how do you make it less stressf...
05/01/2020

It’s National Infant Immunization Week! Getting vaccines for your baby is important, but how do you make it less stressful? Check out these practical tips to help both you and your baby: https://go.usa.gov/xEssK

CDC
04/30/2020

CDC

Living with older family members or others at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19? Help protect your household:
✔️ Only leave the household when it’s absolutely necessary
✔️ Try to avoid public transportation if you do have to leave the house
✔️ Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol often
✔️ Don’t have visitors in your home, unless they need to be there
✔️ Get more info here: https://bit.ly/2KAILDa

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE UPDATE The Fort Hall Indian Health Service would like to test as widely among symptomatic patients...
04/29/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Symptoms

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE UPDATE

The Fort Hall Indian Health Service would like to test as widely among symptomatic patients as our supplies allow. At this time, CDC does not recommend testing asymptomatic patients. As supplies become scarce, we will need to focus on those in the high priority group below. Then, focus on high risk patients within the priority group of mildly symptomatic patients (those over 65 years of age, diabetics, chronic lung disease/COPD, immunosuppressed and patients with chronic kidney disease).

As part of the ongoing COVID-19 control efforts, CDC has issued new screening and testing recommendations. In accordance with the roadmap to opening the economy, we must broaden our testing as much as supplies allow. The CDC recommends the following:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
· Cough
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
· Fever
· Chills
· Repeated shaking with chills
· Muscle pain
· Headache
· Sore throat
· New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

PRIORITIES FOR COVID-19 TESTING
(Nucleic Acid or Antigen)
High Priority
Hospitalized patients
Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, with symptoms
Persons identified through public health cluster and selected contact investigations
Priority
Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea and/or sore throat
Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to: public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

If you have some of the listed symptoms above, are in the high priority group or think you may have been exposed to the virus please call our COVID-19 Hotline at 208-238-5494. A health care professional will be available to answer questions and determine if you need to be seen and/or tested.

When patients arrive with possible COVID-19, they will be asked to park at the back of the building near the outside hand-washing station. Our medical team will meet them outside. After a brief exam and questions, the doctor will decide what testing is right for the patient. Because early symptoms of COVID-19 look like the symptoms for other viruses, he might also recommend testing for influenza (“the flu”).

We have also made some changes to our schedule for the medical clinic. Patients who need well visits such as annual exams, diabetic appointments, and refill appointments will be scheduled in the morning. Patients who need appointments because of illness will be scheduled in the afternoon.

We do offer select telephonic visits; with the continuation of medication refills and follow-up visits determined by the primary care provider.

Lastly, we are also working on a system that will give patients the option of telemedicine appointments. Telemedicine appointments are video chats between patients and their provider using either the camera on the patient’s cell phone, a tablet, or a computer. Once this system is ready for use, we will send out more details to the community.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms.

Learn How Vaccines Can Protect Your Baby!As a parent, you want to protect your little one from harm. Vaccinating your ba...
04/28/2020

Learn How Vaccines Can Protect Your Baby!

As a parent, you want to protect your little one from harm. Vaccinating your baby according to the recommended immunization schedule gives your baby the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses—like measles and whooping cough. These vaccines need to be completed during the first two years of life to provide the most protection. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 25-May 2, 2020. During NIIW, communities across the country will celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting the health of our children, families, and communities.

The Fort Hall Indian Health Service encourages you to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines. You can call a nurse directly at 208-238-5423 to have your child’s immunization record checked. Also, if your child has received vaccines out of the state of Idaho please provide us with a copy of their current immunization record. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently providing immunizations from 8:00 am- 11:30 am Monday-Wednesday and Fridays.

If you have questions, talk to your child’s doctor or give us a call at 208-238-5400.

CDC
04/27/2020

CDC

CDC’s new digital Coronavirus Self-Checker, called Clara, can help you decide when to call your doctor. Remember, if you’re sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, take steps like covering your coughs to protect others. Start using the Clara tool here: https://bit.ly/39FsmaJ

You’ve heard of #whoopingcough & #measles, but can you name all 14 diseases your baby’s vaccines protect against? #NIIW ...
04/27/2020

You’ve heard of #whoopingcough & #measles, but can you name all 14 diseases your baby’s vaccines protect against? #NIIW #ivax2protect https://go.usa.gov/xna9Y

National Infant Immunization Week is a great time to learn about the vaccines your baby needs! Visit CDC’s site to learn...
04/24/2020

National Infant Immunization Week is a great time to learn about the vaccines your baby needs! Visit CDC’s site to learn about the 14 diseases vaccines prevent, view the latest immunization schedule, and get tips on how to comfort your baby during vaccine visits: https://go.usa.gov/xEspJ

Indian Health Service
04/24/2020

Indian Health Service

During #LabWeek, we continue to highlight and thank our medical laboratory professionals, like Eddie Gloshay from the Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital in Arizona, who are responding to the #COVID19 pandemic across #IndianCountry. #NativeHealth

CDC
04/23/2020

CDC

Updated on April 22: 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 4 U.S. territories have reported cases of COVID-19. Of those, 27 report that COVID-19 cases are widespread. This is 7 fewer states reporting widespread cases than last week. When you are out for essential trips, continue to wear a cloth face covering and keep 6 feet or more of physical distance between yourself and others. https://bit.ly/39gqyEH

04/22/2020
CDC

CDC

Together we can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Learn ways to protect yourself and others at coronavirus.gov.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
04/21/2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Has the COVID-19 outbreak put your health plans on hold? Turn a pause into a pivot – pick up healthy habits you can practice from home. Find more health resources at: https://bit.ly/2yqAi2C

CDC
04/20/2020

CDC

Wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of coronavirus. Growing evidence suggests the virus can spread:

• Before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and
• From people who have the virus but never show symptoms (asymptomatic).

Cloth face coverings help prevent spread of COVID-19 in these situations. Learn more about these coverings and how you can make one: https://bit.ly/2Ravt42

CDC
04/17/2020

CDC

If you are not feeling well, do not shop in-person for food and other things you need. Instead order online for home delivery or curbside pickup. Ask for deliveries to be left on your doorstep. Protect yourself and others from possible spread of coronavirus. https://bit.ly/34ucuqJ

Indian Health Service
04/16/2020

Indian Health Service

The IHS is working closely with tribal and federal partners to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to #COVID19. Today, IHS Principal Deputy Director Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee filmed a public service announcement at the White House to emphasize the importance of slowing the spread of infections among our patients and in our communities. #NativeHealth #IndianCountry

Some helpful tips for stress and coping during this unprecedented time.
04/15/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Some helpful tips for stress and coping during this unprecedented time.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

04/15/2020

Indian Health Service (IHS) Questions and Answers for Elders

There have been lots of changes in our community because of the virus. At IHS, we want to give you answers to questions people have been asking.
1. Can we schedule appointments? Yes! Call (208) 238-5427 to make or change an appointment with an IHS doctor. Because we want to keep our people as safe as possible, we are also offering telephone visits for basic things like follow ups, medicine refills, and other simple issues. Ask our team if this would be a good choice for you.
2. Is it safe for us to come into the clinic? With this virus, anytime you are around other people there is a low chance of getting the virus. That is why we are taking care of simple appointment needs like refills over the phone.
We are doing a lot of things differently to keep our patients and our staff safe during their time at our clinic. Here are some of the things you may notice:
• Every person coming to the clinic is being screened at the main front door. Everyone has to wait six feet apart. We are taking temperatures and asking about symptoms like coughs. You will see our staff in gowns, gloves, masks, and face shields. Those are there to protect our staff and you because they are seeing so many patients through the day.
• Our staff are also checked every day for fever and symptoms. If any of our team have or show symptoms they are tested for the COVID-19 virus. They are not allowed to work until the test comes back negative or they meet the CDC rules and cannot give the virus to anyone else.
• Anyone who has a cough or any breathing issues is sent around the building to a different area. A nurse will meet them there, and check them for possible signs of the virus. If testing is needed, it can be done outside the building under a shelter. These people are kept away from other patients at all times.
• Limited visitors are allowed to come in with patients.
• Our waiting room is now divided with large spaces between chairs, and separate areas for sick patients and well patients to wait.
• Every surface that is touched a lot like the arms of chairs and countertops are wiped down with disinfectant every 2 hours.
• We have the drive-thru pharmacy so people do not have to wait in crowded waiting rooms for a long time.
3. When are you open? Our hours have not changed. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Thursday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We see patients that have urgent needs on Thursday mornings as well.
4. Can you do home visits? Sadly, no. We do not have enough staff to do that.
5. How do we get our medicines from the pharmacy? If you need a refill call (208) 238-5485. All medicines can be picked up through our new drive-thru service. Your medication can be brought to you outside the clinic.
6. If someone is picking up medicine for me what information do they need? They need your name, date of birth, and telephone number. If they are picking up pain medication other than Tylenol or ibuprofen, you will need to provide your identification to the employee who will get your prescription.
7. How long does it take to get a prescription refill? Right now it can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours for prescriptions to be filled. You can ask how long when you call to get the refill. All medicine can be picked up through the drive-thru, so you can leave and come back or you can wait in your car if you prefer.
8. What line can I call to talk to someone with regular questions? (208) 238-5427 is the number for the medical front desk or Shirley at (208) 238-5493 or Jamie at 238-5436.
9. Do I still have to be seen to get a prescription for a wheelchair or walker? Yes. Right now Medicare requires a face to face visit to pay for any equipment like walkers. The rules about getting oxygen have been relaxed, and that we may be able to do over the phone.
10. Is dental open? Right now, the CDC has told dentists not to do any procedures that are not emergencies, so we can’t do fillings or cleanings. If you have a bad toothache, you are swelling, or you have bleeding in your mouth, you can come in as a walk in and be seen.
11. Do you have masks and gloves for patients? Masks and gloves are limited nationwide therefore we cannot provide them to our patients at this time.
12. I think I might have the virus. What do I do? Call our virus hotline at 238-5494 if you have a dry cough, are short of breath, or are running a fever higher than 100.4.

Address

33 North Mission Rd
Fort Hall, ID
83203

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(208) 238-5400

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