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Aberdeen Area

Greetings from the ABERDEEN AREA of the Indian Health Service

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Aberdeen Area
Indian Health Service

115 4th Avenue SE, Room 309
Aberdeen, SD 57401
The Aberdeen Area Office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, works in conjunction with its 19 Indian Health Service Units and Tribal managed Service Units to provide health care to approximately 122,000 Native Americans located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The Area Office's service units include seven hospitals, eight health centers, and several smaller health stations and satellite clinics.

Each facility incorporates a comprehensive health care delivery system. The hospitals, health centers, and satellite clinics provide inpatient and outpatient care and conduct preventive and curative clinics. The Aberdeen Area also operates an active research effort through its Area Epidemiology Program. Research projects deal with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and the application of health risk appraisals in all communities.

Tribal involvement is a major objective of the program, and several tribes have assumed management for their own health care programs through contractual arrangements with the Indian Health Service.

Rosebud Hospital First IHS Hospital to be Designated as Baby-Friendly

(posted December 14, 2012)
The Rosebud IHS Service Unit has achieved designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, which makes it the first hospital to achieve this designation for support of breastfeeding in the Indian Health Service and in the state of South Dakota. Co-administered by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an evidence-based practice care model designed to protect and promote breastfeeding as the safest, healthiest way to nourish babies. Hospitals that achieve Baby-Friendly status are committed to promoting and protecting breastfeeding at all stages, including prenatal counseling, inpatient services, and community awareness. Core components of the 10-step initiative promote the benefits of breastfeeding, such as skin-to-skin contact between mom and infant, and non-separation of mother and infant.

As a result of this initiative at Rosebud IHS Hospital, breastfeeding initiation rates are now consistently in the 90th percentile and exclusive breastfeeding rates have continued to climb. Rosebud's achievement started as a campaign to decrease childhood obesity, through First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move in Indian Country initiative. Rosebud IHS Hospital is one of less than 5 percent of U.S. hospitals nationally designated as Baby-Friendly.

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