Created in 1998, the Wellness Center aims to promote healthy lifestyles by offering programs in fitness, aquatics, rehabilitation, childcare, and community health to 3,000 Indian and non-Indian clients. By employing the medicine wheel, or whole-life, approach to health and by focusing on preventative care, the Center complements the acute and chronic illness care provided by the Benewah Medical Center, which was created in 1990 through a joint venture between the Tribe and the City of Plummer, Idaho. Together with the Medical Center, the multi-purpose Wellness Center is the culmination of the Tribe’s goal to provide affordable health care services for all residents on the Reservation. Program participation is growing, tribal citizens are enthusiastic, and the Center is positively impacting members’ health–evidence that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has successfully integrated primary health care, prevention, and wellness care.
"Coeur d’Alene Tribal Wellness Center". Honoring Nations: 2000 Honoree. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2001. Report.
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