Library system donates books to CPN

Thanks to community members logging millions of minutes reading, Citizen Potawatomi Nation benefited from a donation of 2,128 books from the Pioneer Library System (PLS).

HPV vaccine talk first in series

Citizen Potawatomi Nation led a training session about the HPV vaccination July 19 in the Cultural Heritage Center Long Room. CPN Public Health Coordinator Laney Shutler said the morning talk about the HPV vaccine is just the first of a series, with more topics to follow on a quarterly basis.

IHS Director visits CPN Health Services

The director of the U.S. Indian Health Service visited the Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters on June 30, 2023. Roselyn Tso (Navajo Nation) and her administrative staff met with CPN Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett, Vice-Chairman Linda Capps, Self-Governance Director Kasie Nichols, CPNHS Medical Director Dr. Kassi Sexton and CPNHS staff.

New Behavioral Health building to open winter 2023

CPN Behavioral Health Services anticipates the opening of a new facility this winter. The building will incorporate Potawatomi language and cultural items, and will offer expanded space for services. New staff will also join the team.

Health care everywhere: CPNHS, IHS and CPN Care

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services staff are always happy to see Tribal members at the Nation’s East or West Clinic, and any Tribal member is eligible to receive care at CPN facilities. However, CPNHS recognizes that time and distance can be a challenge for Tribal members living outside of Oklahoma. Clinical Operations Director Lauren Bristow spoke with the Hownikan about ways that Tribal members across the country can access health care through CPN and the Indian Health Service.

CPN hopes to recruit more dental hygienists, nurses with scholarship

The CPNHS Scholarship for Service, or Mshkeke (the Potawatomi word for medicine), covers tuition and fees in return for a minimum of one to three years of employment at a CPNHS site. Scholarships are available for one person going into a licensed practical nurse program and for two people in a dental hygiene program.

Festival health screenings with CPNHS

Most Family Reunion Festival guests are looking forward to the cultural activities, but the event is also a good time to consider overall health and wellness. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services will be offering health screenings and other services on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.

Community learns the importance of vaccines

Community members gathered at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center for a vaccine education event hosted by the Pottawatomie County Health Department and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services in late January. Presentations included history, scientific explanations, demonstrations as well answering questions.

Nightly brushing, limiting sugar key to children’s dental health

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services, the staff in the dentistry department work hard to give parents and kids the knowledge they need to ensure children’s teeth come in strong. Good dental health as an adult starts during adolescence, and knowledge and ritual are vital to long-term health.