Community Health Education


Contact Information:

Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center, Sisseton, SD





Mailing Address:

PO Box 509, Agency Village, SD 57262

Facebook Page:
Program Information:
Program Manager:

Audrey German

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

Other Services Offered by this program:

    • Tobacco Prevention
      CHE offers smoking cessation support in addition to tobacco prevention education.
    • Second Wind Smoking Cessation Program
      Provides basic tobacco education & support through the quitting process for adult tribal members.
    • Harvesting Cansasa
      Cansasa is the traditional tobacco of the Dakota people.  Cansasa is harvested before the wakinyan (thunder beings) return in the spring time.  The Tobacco Prevention Specialist teaches how to harvest and prepare cansasa.
    • Kick Butts Day
      Every March on Kick Butts Day activities are planned to educate youth on the dangers of commercial tobacco and to not be a “replacement smoker” for those smokers who have quit or died from a tobacco related illness.
    • Great Native American Smoke-Out
      This event educates tribal members about the harmful health effects of smoking and encourages adult smokers to quit smoking for one day.
    • Smoke-Free Home and Vehicle Campaign
      The aim of this campaign is to decrease the number of children exposed to secondhand smoke at home and in vehicles.

    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

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