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Office of Public Health (OPH)

The Office of Public Health ensures that high quality health services are available for Indian people in California. We accomplish this goal by helping the tribal and urban Indian health programs meet nationally accepted standards of care for healthcare organizations. Our professional staff provides training and technical assistance in addition to performing basic federal functions such as contract monitoring and health program performance evaluations.

Our mission is to: monitor health status; empower health care providers and consumers about new innovative practices; and join with other health care partners to improve access and delivery of care. We assure proper licensure credentialing is being used and national accreditation is being sought by Tribal, Urban and Buy-Indian health programs.

Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health

The goal of the IHS Division of Behavioral Health is to promote, provide, and manage a comprehensive system of mental health and substance abuse services which offer American Indians and Alaska Natives a diverse range of culturally sensitive services at all levels of behavioral health needs. The Behavior Health section contains Substance Abuse and Mental Health information, Resources and FAQs to support behavior health professionals.

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Contact Information - OPH Staff

A staff listing and job functions performed in the Office of Public Helath.

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Dental

The Dental section contains FAQs and Resources to support health professionals and Resources for patients

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Diabetes
Diabetes

The Diabetes section is a forum for American Indian healthcare professionals working with diabetes in the California area. The section contains FAQs and Resources to support healthcare professionals.

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Disaster Preparedness

The California Area Indian Health Service (CAIHS) endeavors to help the tribal and urban Indian health programs in California to prepare for possible disasters in their communities.

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Electronic Health Record (EHR) - RPMS
Electronic Health Record (EHR) - RPMS

The Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) can manage all aspects of patient care via an intuitive and customizable Graphical User Interface (GUI) that is integrated with all RPMS software applications. The EHR section contains FAQs and Resources to support health professionals.

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Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)

The Indian Health Service (IHS) has developed a set of GPRA performance indicators with annual and long-term goals to measure the progress of the agency in improving the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Visit this section for more information including Resources and FAQs.

An Introduction to GPRA for Providers and Clinic Staff - Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) (PDF 1MB)
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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The following areas will provide you with information on the specifics of HIPAA and how your facility can comply with the requirements of this law.

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Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program

Working with Tribal and Urban healthcare programs, the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program coordinates services that enhance preventive health approaches. Find Resources and FAQs about the program.

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Immunization

This site has been developed for tribal and urban program health professionals to provide information about vaccine preventable diseases, the benefits of immunizations, the risk of disease verses the benefit of immunizations, and other educational resources and materials.

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Improving Patient Care

This site has been developed for tribal and urban program health professionals to provide information about vaccine preventable diseases, the benefits of immunizations, the risk of disease verses the benefit of immunizations, and other educational resources and materials.

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Information Resource Management

This site was developed to provide our target audience (California Area RPMS Site Managers & Health Program IT technical staff) information on RPMS support, security and miscellaneous IT resources available for use at each of our California health programs.

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Nursing

This nursing section of the website is for advancing and strengthening the role, function and development of the nursing service administration within the California tribal and urban health care delivery settings.

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