Health Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the JBCI Health Department is to improve all aspects of the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all members of the tribe. We will continuously strive to accomplish this task by promoting wellness through intervention, education, and encouragement. As the health practices are integrated into families, it will pass onto their descendants. Thus, a new cycle of health behavior will become a way of life for our tribal community.

If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911.

If a tribal member or their families have any questions, contact our office at 318-992-2763.

Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM


The JBCI Health Department is funded through the Indian Health Service/IHS. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives.