About the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health
To promote a high quality of life with holistic health care to those we serve with an emphasis on the traditional Ho-Chunk way of life; and to empower each individual and family to make informed decisions regarding their present and future health.
Building a strong mind, body, and spirit together
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Overview of the Health Department
The Ho-Chunk Department of Health provides ambulatory and public health care services in order to improve the health and well being of its tribal members. The Health Department operates its services in two (2) ambulatory clinics, five (5) satellite health offices, a Food Distribution Center, and the Central Health office.
The clinics, Ho-Chunk Health Care Center and House of Wellness, offer health maintenance exams for people of all ages, diabetic management, chronic illness care, acute illness care, podiatry, pharmacy and optical care. When staffed, each clinic can also provide dental care. These clinics have laboratories (selective) facilities and x-ray capability.
The five satellite offices serve for public health care as provided by our community health nurses and representatives, dieticians/nutritionists, the mental health clinicians, and alcohol/drug program staff.
The Central Health office was the former clinic building. It now houses staff who work for our Behavior Health services.
The Food Distribution Center is the main facility for distribution of our fresh produce and commodities to our community in need.
With the support of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Indian Health Services (IHS) and other Federal and State grants, the Division of Health includes many dedicated and hard working employees.
The Accreditation Board serves as the governing body for the accreditation process. The bylaws shall specify the authority and responsibilities of each level of the organization in respect to the quality of care, quality improvement mechanism, pre-survey review with determination of action items, credentials review and privilege delineation, and risk management. The overall goal of the Board is to attain and maintain accreditation of the Nation’s health clinics.
Members of the Board shall include a minimum of ten members of which the majority will be Native American with Ho-Chunk preference observed. All board members will serve three-year terms. There shall be no limit on the number of terms a board member may serve. The following is the list of the members of the Board:
a) The Director of the Department of Medical Services shall select a representative from the Medical Staff membership of each clinic. (2) 1. Two alternates shall be selected in the same manner.
b) The Director of the Department of Medical Services shall select an administrative representative from each clinic. (2) 1. Two alternates shall be selected in the same manner.
c) The Director of the Department of Behavioral Health shall select a behavioral health representative. (1) 1. One alternate shall be selected in the same manner.
d) The Attorney General shall select one Department of Justice representative. (1) 1. One alternate shall be selected in the same manner.
e) The Director of the Department of Community Health shall select a community health representative. (1) 1. One alternate shall be selected in the same manner.
f) The Traditional Court shall select one Ho-Chunk representative to serve as the cultural advisor. (1) 1. One alternate shall be selected in the same manner.
g) Two community members shall be selected from any of the five (5) legislative districts. (2)
Meetings of the Accreditation Board:
1) Frequency: The Board shall hold regular monthly meetings. The Board Chairperson may call other special meetings as needed.
2) Quorum: The Board Chairperson or designee and a simple majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum. The designated alternate of a board member may be allowed to attend for that board member. The alternate will be counted towards quorum.
3) Attendance by telephone: Board members may participate in meetings using telephonic and other electronic media for instantaneous two-way communication, provided the meetings are still conducted pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, 2 HCC § 2. Board members participating in meetings in this manner shall be deemed to be in attendance and shall be permitted to vote.
4) Voting: All board members may vote including the Chairperson. The Executive Director and the Quality Assurance Director are non-voting ex-officio members. The designated alternates shall have voting rights.
The Accreditation Board met its goal of maintaining accreditation with the national standards of ambulatory certification. With the AAAHC stamp of approval, the Health clinics prove they met the highest standards of cleanliness, suitability of educational health literature, peer review of medical staff and security of its drug inventory and equipment functionality to name a few criteria.
In August 2003, the Ho-Chunk Health Care Center and the House of Wellness clinics attained accreditation from the AAAHC.
The AAAHC returned in 2006, and after more thorough inspection of the two clinics, both facilities obtained re-certification of accreditation from the AAAHC.
In 2009, the AAAHC recertified the Ho-Chunk Health Care Center for three years of accreditation and recertified the House of Wellness clinic for one year.
In 2010, the AAAHC returned to the House of Wellness Clinic for another inspection. The House of Wellness obtained a three-year recertification of accreditation.