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Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.  This page will house information, links, documents, and resources about the ACA and will be updated frequently.

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.

California Area IHS Quarterly Highlights April-JuneĀ 2013 (PDF)

In this issue: Environmental Health Surveys; Digital Storytelling; Environmental Health Services; Sanitation Facilities Construction; YRTC Development; Community Wellness and Nutrition; Just Move It - 2013 California Challenge; Immunization Performance Improvement; Annual Providers’ Best Practices & GPRA Measures Continuing Medical Education; Annual California Tribal/Urban Diabetes Day; Annual Dental Continuing Education; 2013 Nurse Leaders in Native Care Conference; Diabetes Webinars; GPRA/GPRAMA; GPRA Webinar for Urban Indian Healthcare Programs

California Law - Immunizations Notice

Parents or guardians who do not want their children to receive one or more immunizations required for entering school or child care must provide documentation as stated in Assembly Bill 2109.


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


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.

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.

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.

Email - Immunizing children for transitional or regular kindergarten

Under California’s kindergarten immunization requirements, even four-year old children need their pre-kindergarten immunizations prior to the first day of transitional kindergarten.

Email From IHS CMO Dr. Susan Karol - Nationwide Shortage of TST antigen solutions

On September 4, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for patient care and public health practice during the continued nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin test (TST) antigen solutions.

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)
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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Newsletters For Health Care Professionals

To ensure that the Tribes are aware of IHS’s progress towards agency priorities, the California Area IHS Director publishes and distributes quarterly newsletters. The newsletters exemplify the California Area Offices (CAO) transparency and accountability, strengthening IHS-Tribal partnerships.  CAO sends the newsletter to the IHS Director, all CAO staff, California tribal governments, and tribal/urban Indian healthcare programs.


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.

Program Director's Meetings

PowerPoint presentations presented at past Program Director's meetings are available for viewing and download here.

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Miscellaneous links and PowerPoint presentations to various medical professional topics.

Scholarship Program

The Indian Health Service conducts three interrelated, competitive scholarship programs including: Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship Program, and Health Professions Scholarship Program. 


State of California - Health Advisory - Measles Update

Measles activity continues to be high in California this year.

The Walking Revolution, a Documentary Film

Released by Every Body Walk!, this documentary explores how the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other has significant health and environmental benefits.

Veterans Administration Reimbursement to Tribal Facilities Healthcare (PDF)
YRTC Network

The Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Network provides inpatient substance abuse and alcohol treatment to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

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