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Director's Blog

Division of Environmental Health Services Annual Directors Meeting

The Division of Environmental Health Services leadership recently held their annual Directors Meeting to revisit their 5-year strategic plan, discuss current issues, and shape the direction of the program. Injury Prevention and Institutional Environmental Health program managers and several Office of Environmental Health and Engineering directors also attended and provided stakeholder input into the plan. Strategic planning outcomes and initiatives developed during this meeting will strengthen and improve environmental health services throughout the country. Here’s a picture from the meeting:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Division of Environmental Health  Services Annual Directors Meeting

New Affordable Care Act Presentation Available

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a series of presentations that highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for individual Americans. Today we are releasing a PowerPoint presentation [PPT - 2MB] that highlights the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The presentation includes slides and speaker notes and is intended for education and outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and Tribes.

IHS has been working with regional and national Indian organizations to conduct outreach and education activities on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act through the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

Site Visit: Indian Health Board of Minneapolis

In April, I visited the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, which is one of our Title V Urban Indian Health Programs. I met with their Board, provided an update on progress on IHS priorities, and answered questions. Here is a picture from the visit:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Indian Health Board of Minneapolis

National Council of Urban Indian Health Annual National Leadership Meeting

I attended the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) Annual National Leadership Meeting in April in Washington, D.C., and provided an update on progress on IHS priorities. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Urban Indian Health Program Executive Directors and a few board members
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - NCUIH Board of Directors
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - D’Shane Barnett, Executive Director, NCUIH
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Moke Eaglefeathers, President, NCUIH
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Philip  Archambault, Cultural Director, Native American Rehabilitative Association (NARA)
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Jackie Mercer, Executive Director, NARA
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Marilyn Notah Verney, Board Member, American Indian Health and Services, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Walter Murillo, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Community Health, Phoenix, AZ
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Ralph Forquera, Executive Director, Seattle Indian Health Board, Seattle, WA and Thomasina Bailey, Business Manager, Native Americans for Community Action, Flagstaff, AZ

National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training

The National Indian Health Outreach and Education initiative’s National Tribal Health Reform Training was held in Minnesota in April. The 2-day training included information on the new benefits for American Indians and Alaska Natives from the Affordable Care Act and the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; overviews of the development of key education messages, materials, and training; and information on the development of strategies for outreach and education in all IHS Areas. We are grateful for the partnership of the National Indian Health Board, National Congress of American Indians, National Council of Urban Indian Health Boards, and the Area organizations in this important outreach and education effort. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Indian Health Outreach and Education Tribal Health Reform Training

Improving Patient Care

The IHS Improving Patient Care (IPC) program held a Knowledge Gathering Session in April to share lessons learned and successes from its activities during the 3rd cohort of the IPC program. Here are some pictures from the session:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Group photo of Session participants
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IPC breakout session
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Attendees provide feedback on a timeline for IPC change concepts
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Small group sessions
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Drs. Karol, Avery, and Ignace present certificates to representatives from Native Health of Spokane
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Drs. Karol and Avery present certificates to participants from Seneca Nation Health Department and Cherokee County Clinic
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Drs. Karol, Avery, and Ignace present certificates to IPC3 participants from Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health and K’IMA:W Medical Center
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Drs. Karol and Ignace present certificates to representatives from IPC3 sites in the Aberdeen Area

VA-IHS Reimbursement Agreement Consultation Update

Based on a request from Tribes, we are extending to May 25, 2012, the deadline for comments on the draft VA-IHS reimbursement agreement that was recently sent to Tribes for consultation. Please refer to the original letter dated April 5, 2012, for instructions on submission of comments.

Tribal Delegation Meetings: April 2012

IHS held Tribal Delegation Meetings with the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., during the month of April 2012. Here are pictures from the meetings:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - San Carlos Apache Tribe (with Mr. Grinnell)
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - ITCA members
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - ITCA meeting

Area Listening Sessions

I met with Tribes in four Areas during March by phone or in person: Albuquerque, Alaska, California, and Bemidji. During the listening sessions, I provide an update on our progress in changing and improving the IHS, answer questions, and listen to input from the Tribes. Here are pictures from some of the Listening Sessions:

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  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - MAST: Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - MAST Youth
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Albuquerque Listening Session
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - California Listening Session - by phone
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - California Listening Session
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Alaska Listening Session
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Ketchikan Indian Community – Donna Frank and Irene Dundas
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Gary Harrison, Chickaloon Village
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Hilma Shavings – Alaska Native Elder
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Carolyn Crowder
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Alaska Area - Vanetta VanCleave, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Lorraine Jackson, Copper River Native Association
  • Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Chris Mandregan, Alaska Area Director

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