Title: Public Health

Tsalagi Public Health is a merger of former programs Cherokee Women’s Wellness & Community Health with the new Syringe Services Program, which began operations in March 2018. Tsalagi Public Health serves as a resource in coordinating health care, environmental and social services. We will work with you to identify your needs, and help you get the appropriate assistance.

public health nurse checks syringes

We provide public health nursing services that include tracking of communicable disease, health promotion and disease prevention activities in the community, case management for pregnant women, in-home visits and wellness checks, women’s wellness and disease prevention services with an emphasis on breast and cervical cancer and coordination of medical appointments and unmet social needs. Tsalagi Public Health is also a certified car seat check and installation station.

patient getting BP check

WOMEN'S WELLNESS Your best protection against cancer is early detection.

We provide quality health, wellness and disease prevention services to eligible women with emphasis on breast and cervical cancer screening and early detection. We have an all-female staff and work by appointment only. Our clients are women who are eligible for health care services at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. Our funding sources include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.  

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Services Provided

• Women’s health exams include pap smears and breast exams to detect breast and cervical cancer

• Referrals for mammography and other medical services

• Pregnancy testing

• Family planning services

• Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases

• Management of chronic illness, such as diabetes and hypertension

• HIV testing and counseling

Hours: Monday-Friday8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed 12:00 - 12:45 pm for lunch.
Please call 828-359-6240 for appointments.



young boy PSA video

Watch this short public service announcement about Tobacco Cessation featuring 11-year-old Champ Maney and filmed using a mini-grant from United South & Eastern Tribes (USET).

public health nurse checks supplies

Our goals are to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment for any participating in the program and to develop meaningful relationships with our participants in hopes of nurturing the need to recover.

• Supply new syringes in exchange for used syringes

• Biohazard/sharps containers

• Naloxone kits

• Education

• Referral for drug treatment, medical care and community resources upon request

• Community syringe disposal

Location: 174 John Crowe Hill Drive

Phone: 828-359-6879
Visit Syringe Services page here

Babies in car seats

Tsalagi Pubic Health is an official Safe Kids site. Safe Kids is a part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death among children in the United States. Throughout the world, nearly one million children die from injuries each year. Our goal is to keep our children safe.

•The child must be present to be fitted properly in the correct seat.

• 90% of car seats checked are not fitted properly, causing a safety hazard. Safety is our goal.

• The parent, grandparent, or foster parent must present an enrollment card.

• Pregnant women can obtain a seat during their third trimester. The seat should be properly fitted by the discharging hospital.

• No more than two seats per child.

• If the car seat is involved in a car accident, it can be exchanged at no cost with a copy of the police report.

Hours: Monday-Friday8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed 12:00 - 12:45 pm for lunch.
Printed Information

There is no appointment necessary.


Public Health building exterior

73 Kaiser Wilnoty Drive
PO Box 736
Cherokee, NC 28719

Emma Waldroup,
Program Manager

For appointments:


Monday - Friday
7:45 am - 4:30 pm

911 (medical), or



What is encephalitis? Encephalitis is a viral disease that causes swelling and inflamation of the brain. It is spread by infected mosquitoes.

What are the symptoms? It is usually a mild illness with fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. If severe can cause seizures, tremors and swelling of the brain.

Who can get it? Anyone can get it but children and persons who work outside in an area where the infected mosquitoes are located are at greater risk.

What can I do? Reduce mosquito areas around your home. Remove any containers that can hold water (buckets, outdoor toys, unused flower pots, small boats, old tires, litter, etc.), keep gutters clean, use screened windows and doors.

When outside wear dark clothing i.e. long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially in the early morning and early evening

Use mosquito repellent, containing DEET (read labels and/or consult physician especially when using on young children) particularly in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.

More information

Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis-or as most people call it “stomach bug”.  A new strain that was first discovered in Australia is now the leading cause of this virus in America. Whether you are dealing with the old or new strain, the symptoms, treatment and prevention methods are all the same.

• suddenly feel sick
• nausea
• vomiting
• diarrhea
• less likely - fever, muscle aches, fatigue

• dehydration
• very contagious
• sick person is contagious for three days after they get better
• hand sanitizer does not kill norovirus
•there is no vaccine to prevent it
• can get norovirus more than one time<

• wash hands with soap and water
• wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating
• cook oysters and shellfish
• clean surfaces where sick members may have touched with bleach solution(one part bleach to ten parts water)
• do not prepare food or work with food if you have been sick for at least three days after you are better