The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) provides comprehensive health services to the Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara (except the Tonawanda and Tuscarora Territories) Counties in the State of New York, and Warren County in the State of Pennsylvania. Health services are offered to all those persons within the Purchased/Referred Care Service Delivery Area (PRCSDA) and are defined as eligible under federal and tribal guidelines. Services have been available since the SNHS was established on April 1, 1976. From the beginning, the SNHS has been based on the needs of the people and has continued to grow and expand its available services to serve the changing needs of our community.
Health care service is provided through the Lionel R. John Health Center (LRJHC) on the Allegany Territory and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center (CIRHC) and the Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) on the Cattaraugus Territory.
The SNHS operates two community health centers that provide comprehensive primary care in the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic illnesses and/or injuries to all service-eligible Native Americans. The health program consists of the following components: Medical, Diabetes, Dental, Optical, Pharmacy, Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services, HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention and Education), and Environmental and Public Health/Engineering Services.
These components provide the following range of services: family health care, prenatal care, health maintenance and prevention screenings, well baby and child care, laboratory, pharmacy, nutrition and dietary counseling, family planning, health education, prescription exercise, transportation services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, outreach and environmental health.
Supplemental urgent care is provided on a referral arrangement and contractual basis when a patient/client's needs cannot be met at the health centers. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals including staff physicians, pharmacists, clinical nurses, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, nutritionists, social workers, medical records professionals, and other additional support staff.
We are collaborating with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to host our first Out of Darkness Walk. This is a walk that’s intended to bring awareness to suicide and to promote suicide prevention within the community. This walk is also a fundraising opportunity; this is completely optional, and the community does not need to fundraise to participate in the walk. A part of the funds that are raised go to the National AFSP office, where they will use it for research, developing education, funding legislation, and advocacy. The other portion of the funds raised will go to the local WNY AFSP chapter, where they will use it to support loss and healing groups, prevention education, and to supply other Out of Darkness Walks.