The Dilkon Service Area serves the southwestern part of the Navajo Nation with services extending into Winslow, Arizona. Dilkon is the pronunciation of a former White Trader of the Navajo name for the volcanic peak next to the main community “Tse’zhin Dilkoo” meaning “The Smooth Volcanic Peak” because the peak had no trees on it.
Dilkon is unique from other Navajo communities because it is surrounded by volcanic peaks from the east near Indian Wells all the way to the west for about 20 miles. The community of Luepp, which is located on the western part of our Service Area is home to Grand Falls where the Little Colorado River plummets several hundred feet. The view is most spectacular during spring run-offs or after the annual summer rains in July.
Dilkon Service Area staff consists of compassionate and understanding staff of five. We believe in teamwork. We work and collaborate with different health departments and organizations from the area such as Indian Health Service, Arizona Department of Health, Navajo County Department of Health, Coconino Department of Health, Winslow Indian Health Care Center Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Navajo Nation WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), WIHCC Public Health Nursing Department, Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives-Outreach Program, Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services.
Schools/Headstart within the eight communities include Dilcon Community School, Inc., Seba Dalkai School, Dine Southwest High School, Little Singer Community School, Leupp Schools Inc., Leupp Public School, FACE Programs, Indian Wells Elementary School, White Cone High School, Jeddito Community School, and Navajo Department of Headstart.
Indian Health Service/Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Campus of Care (nursing home), Tribal Entities (NTUA, NHA), National Relief Charities, Navajo Health Education Program, and Arizona Diabetes Coalition.
Northern Arizona University, Navajo Tribal Council/Chapter Officials, Law Enforcement (Navajo/Hopi/County/State), Native American for Community Action, Emergency Medical Services, Navajo Elderly Programs, Navajo Office of Youth Development, Arizona Highway Department, Southwest Fair Board, Hopi Health Care Center, Wings of America, and Dine College.
We also have a close working relationship with senior centers in the same chapters. The population of our area is 9,074 with 15 percent having diabetes.
The staff works for and with the patients in order to better serve their health needs. We provide home visits, presentations, health fairs, nutrition expos/food fairs, health screenings in the communities.
The NNSDP Dilkon Service Area hosts the Southwest Chili Cook-off randomly across the southwestern part of the reservation. During the past two years, we held the Chili Cook-off in Leupp where contestants cook their favorite chili dishes from scratch. The chili cook-off provides our Project with a good opportunity to share with spectators the importance of cooking healthy, using proper sanitation when preparing food, and learning how to read food labels for nutritional values.
Different events we hold annually include the Bike Rodeo and Safety, Back to School Bash, End of the School Year Field Day activities.