What To Expect

What To Expect

During your visit

Your care team will ask you various questions about your health. They will also ask you about your symptoms, any medications you’re taking, and your family history. Your provider will also perform a physical exam, which may include checking your blood pressure, pulse, and weight. If you have a specific condition like diabetes, they will ask you some questions about your condition, such as what symptoms you have, how you are currently managing it, and lifestyle changes you can make to decrease symptoms.

How to prepare for your visit

Make a list of any concerns you have. It is important that your provider understands your health and how you think about your own health. If you have any new worrying symptoms or you have questions about whether you need a flu shot or other vaccine, you should make a list of these concerns. You can also put health goals on this list so your provider can suggest ways to change your lifestyle and achieve those goals, such as eating healthier or being able to take long walks with your loved ones without joint pain.

Other items to bring to your first visit

In addition to your list of concerns you should also bring the following items to your first visit:

  • • Family medical history, including the history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other inherited conditions
  • • List of your current medications
  • • Insurance card
  • • Name and number of your previous doctor for previous medical records
  • • A notebook for taking notes on future care needs and treatment discussions
  • • It may be helpful to bring a family member or caregiver to your appointment so they can take notes for you, or help you to understand or ask concerning questions that you may have
  • CIB and/or Tribal ID
  • Descendancy Letter 
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card for verification
  • Court Orders/Emergency Placement if applicable
  • Marriage and divorce certificates if applicable