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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Behavioral Health Consultants

The focus of Behavioral Health is to address and aid individuals experiencing psychological, emotional, and interpersonal issues which impact their daily lives. Behavioral health plays an integral role in providing treatment and interventions for mental health disorders and maladaptive coping mechanisms found within individuals, families, couples and communities.

Michele Muir
Division of Behavioral Health
Office of Clinical Preventive Services
Phone: 301-443-2038
Fax: 301-443-7623
Email: michele.muir@ihs.gov

Community Health Representatives (CHR)

Each CHR is responsible for providing services in accordance with his/her own level of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as defined within the individual’s position description and federal program policies under which he/she works. CHRs are health paraprofessionals as determined by Congress in the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Preparation at the Basic CHR level is required for providing services to the community in the capacity of a CHR.

View a list of IHS CHR coordinators.

Diabetes Consultants

Area Diabetes Consultants (ADCs) are health care professionals with expertise in diabetes. They play critical roles in supporting each IHS Area’s diabetes treatment and prevention activities by serving as regional diabetes clinical and programmatic consultants as well as providing key functions in the SDPI grant process.

View a list of IHS Diabetes Consultants (ADCs).

Environmental Health Professionals

Environmental Health Services staff provide direct services and technical assistance to tribes, data for action at the community level, identify and control risk factors that affect the health of the community, fund and evaluate local environmental health (EH) projects and interventions, advocate at the federal and regional levels, and built the capacity of tribes to manage their own environmental health programs.

View a list of IHS Environmental Health contacts

Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Coordinators

Each HPDP Coordinator serves as the primary specialist and consultant to dietitians, physicians, and other health care providers in their Area on nutrition management and disease prevention initiatives. They provide consultation, guidance, education and technical assistance using expert nutrition, diabetes education and health promotion knowledge and skills in assisting tribal and urban health programs, tribes; professional, public, private, and voluntary organizations and agencies. on matters related to nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention.

View a list of IHS HPDP coordinators.

Nutritionists

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, and use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique and positive lifestyle changes. RDs work in a variety of settings, including; hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, universities, research, and private practice. They are advocates for the advancement of the nutritional status of American Indians and Alaska Natives and people throughout the world.

Jean Charles-Azure, MPH, RD
Principle Nutrition Consultant
Rockville, MD
Phone: 301-443-0576
Email: jean.charles-azure@ihs.gov

Public Health Nurses

While most nurses care for one patient at a time, public health nurses care for entire populations. By working with whole communities, public health nurses are able to educate people about health issues, improve community health and safety, and increase access to care.

Tina A. Tah, RN/BSN/MBA
CAPT, USPHS
Senior Nurse Consultant, Public Health Nursing
Phone: 301-443-0038
Email: tina.tah@ihs.go

Sanitation Facilities Construction Professionals

Sanitation Facilities Construction staff provide environmental engineering services, develop water, wastewater, and solid waste projects and provide funding to complete them, provide operations and maintenance training and technical consultation to individuals and tribes, provide emergency response services, advocate at the federal and regional levels on environmental issues, and help build the capacity of tribes to manage their sanitation infrastructure and programs, and maintain and report sanitation deficiencies to Congress.

View a list of IHS Sanitation Facilities construction contacts.