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, and patient services. We will work with you to identify your needs, and help you get the appropriate assistance.

We provide public health nursing services that include tracking of communicable disease, health promotion and disease prevention activities in the community, 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 safety seat check and installation station.

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. 

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


Health Education

• Smoking cessation

• Hepatitis C education

• Narcan Education

• Handwashing education

• Breast & cervical cancer education

• Outreach to community clubs

• Preventative education in schools




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 Public 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.


Infant Seat, Convertible Seat or Combination Seat - $20

High Back Booster Seat - $10


Public Health building exterior

73 Kaiser Wilnoty Drive
PO Box 736
Cherokee, NC 28719

Ginger Southard, RN
Program Manager

Appointments Only:


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

Car Seat Clinic:
By appointment only

911 (medical)

To report a public health emergency 24/7, call: 828-359-6180.

To report a reportable/
notifiable disease
24/7, call 828-359-6241.