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Peter Christensen
Health Center

Health and safety specialist — a.k.a. sanitarian — collect and assess safety and health data from a variety of environments in the interest of health and safety for the Lac du Flambeau Community.

In a nutshell, the sanitarian routinely inspects environments to ensure that businesses remain compliant with safety, health, and environmental regulations set forth by federal, state and local governments. 

 Environmental Health Topics of Interest:

  • Food Protection
  • Facility and Institution Inspections
  • Indian Health Service – Septic & Well Program
  • Healthy Homes
  • Well Water Sampling and Testing
  • Public Health Accreditation Coordinator
  • Safety Officer

FOOD PROTECTION PROGRAM

Food safety and good sanitary practices continue to be the focal point for all food service inspections.  Cross contamination from raw food, unnecessary manual handling of all foods by food handlers and improper holding temperatures are risk factors for foodborne illness.

All Lac du Flambeau food service facilities are inspected twice a year or more often as deemed necessary for follow-up.

FACILITY AND INSTITUTION INSPECTIONS

The purpose of inspections is to evaluate environmental health, safety and food service sanitation conditions and operations of the facility and provide recommendations for improvement.

Facility Types include:

  • Food Service Operations (Eagles Nest / Ojibwe Market Deli)
  • Health & Dental Clinics (PCHC & PCDC)
  • Custodial Residential Care (Gookomis Endaad)
  • Substance Abuse /Rehabilitation (Hope House Arnold Stock)
  • Head Start
  • Daycare (Little Dreams)
  • Motel/Hotel (Lake of the Torches Resort)
  • Community Buildings (Emergency Shelter / Youth Center)
  • Swimming Pools (Woodland Oasis)
  • Recreation Areas (Campground/Roadside Park)
  • Celebration/Events (Bear River Pow Wow / Wildrice Festival)
  • Community Water/Sewer

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE – SEPTIC & WELL PROGRAM

Public law 86-121 allows the Indian Health Service to assist members of Federally recognized Native Tribes in obtaining a potable drinking water supply and a safe means of disposing of waste water for their home use, provided that funds are available and that the homes meet basic standard of living requirements (well insulated, have electricity, indoor plumbing, etc.).

The Lac du Flambeau Sanitarian is the Individual Well & Septic Program Coordinator and the contact between the homeowner, Tribe and Indian Health Service.

Individuals seeking IHS services are required to complete an application to be placed on the Tribe’s priority list. Applications shall be completed, signed, dated and returned to the Sanitarian.

Click on eligibility for services to view document.

Click on from application to construction to view the processes required for services including home preparation, necessary documentation, environmental clearance, tribal priority and system design.

HEALTHY HOMES

A “healthy home” is designed, constructed, maintained, or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of residents. The healthy home approach focuses on the “Seven Principles of Health Homes,” which are:

  1. Keep it Dry
  2. Keep it Safe
  3. Keep it Ventilated
  4. Keep it Pest-Free
  5. Keep it Clean
  6. Keep it Contaminant-Free
  7. Keep it Maintained

 The Mission of the Lac du Flambeau Community Environmental Health & Wellness Team:

Through collaboration, respect, and leadership a promotion of good health and wellbeing is encouraged through outreach and education of all to maintain healthy homes—healthy community. Click on Healthy Homes to view brochure.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION COORDINATOR

The Lac du Flambeau Sanitarian services as the Peter Christensen Health Center / Community Health Department Public Health Accreditation Coordinator.

In 2018, the Lac du Flambeau PCHC Community Health Department Public Health Accreditation Team developed a report with the intent of sharing information about the overall health of the Lac du Flambeau Community. The report includes information on demographics, health factors and lifestyle behaviors that impact health and quality of life. The data that has been collected is specific to the Lac du Flambeau Community. This information is intended to help improve the overall health of the Lac du Flambeau Community. By identifying health challenges that the community faces, we will be better able to develop a community health improvement plan that addresses these health factors. A copy of the report can be requested by contacting the Community Health Department.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the continuous quality improvement of Tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments.

What is Public Health Department Accreditation?

  • The measurement of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards.
  • The issuance of recognition of achievement of accreditation within a specified time frame by a nationally recognized entity.
  • The continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards.

SAFETY OFFICER

The Lac du Flambeau Sanitarian services as the Peter Christensen Health Center Safety Officer and a member of the PCHC Infection Control & Safety Committee and the PCHC Emergency Management Committee.

The Safety Officer works to reduce or minimize those factors in the work environment which may have an adverse impact on health, safety and well-being.

  • Provide an awareness of acceptable safety practices in the working environment by providing periodic instruction to workers on selected safety subjects, arrange for and participate in routine fire and safety drills, and explain and encourage the use of safety devices and equipment.
  • Implement and conduct annually and as needed fit testing and training for all Peter Christensen Health Center (PCHC) employees expected to wear an N95 respirator.
  • Implement and conduct as needed investigations of significant exposures.
  • Respond to referrals, complaints or inquiries regarding occupational health and safety issues in the work environment.
  • Maintain a chemical inventory for PCHC/Wellness Center & Family Resource Center.

WELL WATER SAMPLING & TESTING

Tribal members may request individual well water sampling for annual or investigation testing. Requests may be made by contacting the Lac du Flambeau Sanitarian for services. Samples are tested by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and include testing for bacteria, nitrates, iron and others on a case-by-case basis.