Public Health Services

The Public Health Department provides a full range of services to the Mille Lacs Band community. Please contact us at the numbers below or click on the Quick Navigation links for more information.

District I Office

Bugg Hill
320-532-7776
Fax: 320-532-7524

District II Office

East Lake
218-768-2389
Fax: 218-768-2379

District III Office

Hinckley ALU
320-384-0641
Fax: 320-384-0643

Administrative Assistant

Dianne Holmquist
320-532-7775

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

Who is eligible?

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Women who have a baby younger than six months old. Infants and children up to five years old

Individuals must also:

  • Be eligible for services through the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Be at nutritional risk
  • Meet liberal income guidelines

Voucher pick-up certifications, re-certifications and mid-certifications

  • District I – weekly every Tuesday (except if there is a fifth Tuesday in the month). District II – once monthly the first Thursday of every month
  • District II – the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

What can you expect from the WIC Program?

  • Nutrition education
  • Information on other programs and referrals
  • WIC vouchers for food to supplement your food supply. Equal treatment
  • Fairness
  • Confidentiality

Contact the WIC Clerk to make an appointment at the WIC Clinic.


WIC Clerk All Districts

320-532-7821


Maternal and Child Health

The Public Health Department offers the following Maternal and Child Health Services.

Prenatal visits

During prenatal visits, your Public Health Nurse will discuss:
Normal body changes during pregnancy
Nutritional needs during pregnancy
Healthy choices for you during pregnancy
Referrals for other available services

Postpartum Visits
Visits with a Public Health Nurse after you deliver your baby are available whether or not you saw a nurse during pregnancy. Topics include:
Normal body changes after pregnancy
Breastfeeding support
Family planning and birth control methods that are best for you
Information on infant development, weight and measurement
Parenting techniques
Car seat safety
Sleep safety
Referrals for other available services

Well-Child Services
Public Health Nurses are available to visit you during regularly scheduled appointments. Topics covered during these visits include:

  • Baby’s height, weight and development
  • Feeding your baby (breastfeeding, bottle feeding, starting solids)
  • Sleep habits
  • How to play with your baby and activities that stimulate development
  • Referrals for other available services

Family Planning
Individual or group education sessions about family planning methods are available. Whether you are trying to prevent or promote pregnancy, it may be beneficial for you to meet with Public Health Nurse. Information about birth control methods, good physical health before and during pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases is available.
Coordinator District I and II: 320-532-7457

Breastfeeding Counseling
Babies are born ready to breastfeed. Public Health Nurses who are specifically trained in lactation counseling offer education and support during the prenatal and postpartum period to help mothers get a good start on nursing. One on One Childbirth education, and Family Spirit education.
Breastfeeding Consultant District I and II: 320-532-7457

Home Safety
The Public Health staff is available to perform home safety checks for families with children or for Elders. A limited number of safety items may be available following the home safety check. Instruction on how to use this equipment will be provided, although the nursing staff cannot install the equipment for families.
Home Care District I, District II and IIA: 320-532-7783
Home Care District III: 320-384-0641
Maternal and Child Health District I and II: 320-532-7457
District I: 320-532-7776 ext. 2401
District I and III: 320-532-7776 ext. 2407

Parenting Education
Children do not come with an instruction book, and parenting can be challenging. Public Health staff will meet with parents to provide age-specific parenting education, explain developmental stages that children go through, and discuss alternative ways to discipline children. Please call 320-532-7457 or 320-532-7776 ext. 2407.

Family Spirit
The Family Spirit Program is an evidence-based and culturally tailored home-visiting intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals as a core strategy to support young Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum. Parents gain knowledge and skills to achieve optimum development for their preschool- age children across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language learning, and self-help. The Family Spirit Program consists of 63 lessons to be taught from pregnancy up to the child’s 3rd birthday. This in- home parent training and support program has been designed, implemented, and rigorously evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache Tribes since 1995.
320-532-7457, 320-532-7776 ext. 2407

Home Care

Specialized nursing care is provided by Public Health Nurses in the home to assist with medication management, wound care, dressing changes, post-operative care, etc.

The Public Health Nurses are Registered Nurses who provide medical care to the client as ordered by the client’s physician. The Registered Nurse may also assign a Licensed Practical Nurse or Home Health Aide to assist in the care of the client. For further information please call the Home Health Coordinators in your District.

Home Health Aides/Elder Care Aides provide personal care (hair washing, showers, nail care, etc…), visiting, light housekeeping, and other services for clients with medical or health problems. Aides may also monitor vital signs and provide basic health services as assigned by a Registered Nurse. Contact the Home Health Coordinator for more information on services and eligibility requirements.

The Public Health staff is available to perform home safety checks for families with children or for Elders. A limited number of safety items may be available following the home safety check. Instruction on how to use this equipment will be provided, although the nursing staff cannot install the equipment for families.

Home Care

District I
320-532-7783

Home Care

District II
218-768-3311

Home Care

District III
320-630-2443

Community Health Representatives (Transportation)

Community Health Representatives (CHR’s) provide transportation for individuals to medical, dental and optical appointments only after all other resources are exhausted. Appointments should be confirmed with the CHR’s schedule to assure that clients arrive on time to their appointments. No one under the age of 18 will be transported without a parent. All persons being transported are required to wear a seatbelt at all times. There is a strict two-day prior notice for scheduled appointments. Same-day transports or transports not scheduled two days prior to appointment are by availability only. Contact the Lead CHR for more information on services and eligibility requirements.

Community Health Representatives (CHR’s) deliver medical prescriptions to homebound Elders who have no other means of obtaining their medication. Deliveries are scheduled for two days per week and require prior authorization from the CHR and pharmacy. CHR’s will not deliver any medications that require a co-pay that has not been paid in advance. Contact the Lead CHR for more information on services and eligibility requirements.

Lead CHR

District I
320-532-7815

Transporter

District II
218-768-2389

Transporter

District III
320-385-7056

Tobacco Programs

Through the Tribal Tobacco Education and Policy Initiative (TTEP), ClearWay Minnesota funds a grant to the MLBO with the goal of assisting tribal communities to advance commercial tobacco-free policies. The grant offers tobacco education, provides traditional tobacco information, and works to support informal commercial tobacco use policies throughout the MLBO communities. As part of this, the grant coordinates and funds signage, supplies, and other items for use at MLBO events and government buildings. The grant coordinator also works to create and advocate formal commercial tobacco use policy for the entire MLBO. To find out more about how the ClearWay grant can provide services or supplies, contact Colleen McKinney.

Colleen McKinney
Outreach Coordinator

320-532-7812

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Program is a grant through the Minnesota Department of Health. This program will develop new activities or modify current activities that work to reduce obesity and commercial tobacco use.

SHIP Coordinator

320-532-7760

Other Programs

Communicable Disease Follow-up
Through this program, a Public Health Nurse contacts clients who have been diagnosed with a communicable disease to assure they have received the proper course of medication and to prevent further health problems.

Medication Management and Setup
This service is available to Elders on the Public Health Nursing caseload who must take medications. A Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse can help you categorize your medications, clarify dosages and frequency of medication, and help set up a medication management system for a one-to-two week time period.

Contact Us

Public Health Director

320-532-7459

District I Office

Bugg Hill
320-532-7776

District II Office

East Lake
218-768-2389

District III Office

Hinckley ALU
320-384-0641