Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services will be offering health screenings and other services on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 during the 2022 Family Reunion Festival.
Carotid artery screenings, blood pressure checks, behavioral health information, and diabetes nutrition and prevention are available on Friday and Saturday. Check the schedule included in each registration packet for details.
The Tribe’s Behavioral Health Department also plans to hold a mental health session on navigating life after the pandemic.
“Our staff is very excited,” said CPNHS Director Dr. Adam Vascellaro. “We’re all ready to participate in Festival again and get to see some of the patients who only come to CPNHS during Festival.”
In addition to the health screenings, health services staff welcomes attendees to attend a course on CPR, automatic external defibrillators and naloxone, a medication to reverse opioid overdoses, at Mission Hill. The course meets Friday from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Each session is limited to the first eight participants.
While Tribal members attend Festival, four first aid tents will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to assist with any minor medical issues. One medical provider will be stationed at the main first aid tent to assist with any other medical emergencies.
Tribal members may also schedule an appointment at the health clinic during their visit to Shawnee. Federal statutes still require CPNHS to minimize any potential COVID-19 transmission within its health system, and door screenings and masks are necessary when visiting the clinic. Only parents, guardians and spouses will be allowed in with the patient. Unfortunately, clinic tours will not take place this year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Free coronavirus vaccines will be available to anyone eligible.
“If Tribal members are planning on making an appointment during Festival, they should bring any list of medical history and medications,” Dr. Vascellaro said. “It would be helpful to bring their up-to-date immunization record as well.”
To schedule an appointment, call 405-878-4693.