Community Health Education



Contact Information:

Location: Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center, Sisseton, SD
Phone: 605.742.3651
Fax: 605.698.4239
Mailing Address: PO Box 509, Agency Village, SD 57262
Program Manager: Wahleah Watson –

Service Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday

Service Area: Lake Traverse Reservation


Service Description

The purpose of the program is to provide community health education services in a manner that empowers Tribal members to make positive, progressive and sustained personal choices about healthy lifestyles, utilization of available health services and health careers.

Patient education is offered in the community and the schools to raise awareness on how to lower one’s risk for many chronic health problems and infectious illnesses.

Topics include cancer awareness and screenings, injury prevention, tobacco prevention and cessation, sexually transmitted disease prevention, behavioral health awareness and screenings, drug & alcohol abuse awareness, immunizations, heart health, diabetes awareness and prevention, nutrition, and physical activity.

Health education is provided in a variety of ways such as health fairs, conferences, newspaper articles, health brochures, public service announcements, radio, posters, small group sessions, lunch n’ learns, the CHE Facebook page, and one-on-one counseling.

The staff can provide training and education and are certified in the following areas:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Life Skills Curriculum
  • Tobacco Intervention
  • Summer Student Extern Program Information

    Health Career Promotion

    Recruitment and retention of health care providers is a priority in the SWO 5 Year Health Plan.

    The Summer Student Extern Program is designed for post-secondary students committed to building their skill and competence in the health care field through hands-on work experience.  Students work up to 400 hours in one of the Sisseton IHS or Tribal Health Programs.

    Program Events:

    Blood Drives – up to 3 times a year
    Annual Health Fair
    Wear Red Day in February
    Breast Cancer Awareness in October