It is the goal of the Health Department to assist Tribal Members, First Generation minors, and members of other federally recognized tribes in achieving and maintaining the highest level of health possible. The Health Department provides care for acute and chronic illnesses as well as prevention, education, and intervention.

You are eligible for services at the clinic if you are an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Specific eligibility requirements apply for specialty and referral care.

The Health Department consists of two major areas:  Health Administration and Health Department Clinics.

Health Administration

The Health Administration Department assists with third-party resource billing and receipts. Health Administration also assists with contract health services and maintains agreements with outside providers. Assistance is also available to help determine eligibility for and availability of alternate resources for individual patients.

Business Office

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.
(251) 368-9136, ext. 2317, ext. 2329 or ext. 2339.

Special Notice:

Per Indian Health Policy:

  • All patients under the age of 18 years MUST have an APPROVED adult with them to be seen in the clinic (EXCEPT if this visit is for Contraception or STD concerns)
  • If the Parent is completing a new form to allow someone else to bring the child into the clinic it MUST be filled out in front of a Health Department staff member (forms cannot be faxed/emailed to be completed and sent back)
  • The adult MUST come back to the exam room with the patient.  If the patient/child asks to speak to the provider alone, we get consent from the adult to leave the room at that time.

Health Department Clinics

The Health Department Clinics provide the following services and/or programs:

  • Medical Clinic
    Primary care for acute and chronic illness, provided by appointment. Must be seen by the Poarch physician or nurse practitioner prior to receiving consideration for referred care to specialists. We also offer preventive immunizations, screenings and patient education regarding chronic diseases.
  • Lab
    We perform diagnostic lab tests. We will schedule and perform lab tests ordered by clinic providers as well as outside physicians. Please present your written order to laboratory upon arrival for your test.
  • Pharmacy
    Fills prescriptions for eligible recipients. Prescriptions must be for medications in stock at the Poarch pharmacy. Prescriptions must be in the clinic by 4 PM to be filled on the same day.
  • Radiology
    We perform diagnostic x-ray and ultrasound exams. We will schedule and perform radiology exams ordered by clinic providers, as well as exams ordered by outside physicians. Please present your written order to radiology upon arrival for your exam. Written orders are needed only for outside physicians, and only the physician who orders the test, can give results to the patient.
  • Behavioral Health
    Provides counseling and other services for Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Behavior Modification, School Liaison, and other related services.
  • Community Health
    Provides Public Health Nursing services through clinics, in homes, and in the community. Provides home visits for health status monitoring and reinforcement of medical instructions. Provides WIC and Nutrition services. WIC is available to eligible recipients of the State of Alabama WIC programs. Nutrition services are available to all eligible health care recipients.
  • Physical Therapy
    Physical Therapy (sometimes abbreviated to PT) is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments/disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential. Some benefits to physical therapy include improving motion and mobility, avoiding surgery and prescription drugs, and recovery following surgery. PTs are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives.
  • Eye Care
    PBCI Tribal Member and First Generation under 19 receive a free eye exam every year.
  • Health Education
    Available on an individual basis by appointment and through classes. Heath Education is also provided as part of the clinic visit when needed.
  • CDC Breast & Cervical Cancer Grant
    Provides mammography and other annual women’s health screening services.
  • Dental Clinic
    Provides dental hygienist and dentist case. Service is by appointment.
  • Diabetic Clinic
    Provides a structured program for diabetics.

Other services/programs include:
Diabetic Support Group, Diabetic Outreach, Diabetes Camp, data entry, Medical Records maintenance, Patient Registration, and School Health Programs. Other activities sponsored by the Health Department include Senior Olympics, Health Fairs, and Medical and Nursing Student preceptorships and clinical rotations.