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National Combined Councils

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The Indian Health Service National Combined Council (NCC) represents clinical and administrative health care leadership from subject-matter experts in a wide array of disciplines dedicated to the IHS mission to provide health care services and consultation that raise the level of health among the American Indian and Alaskan Native People to the highest possible level. Multidisciplinary collaboration to share information, discuss problems and solutions, and seize new opportunities creates synergy and energy which strengthens the organization. NCC represent a broad cross section of management and professional expertise across the Indian Health Service. The NNC is hereby promulgated in order to serve as the voice of patient care field operations and the facilitator for teamwork within IHS. The NCC provides advice and consultation to the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service on issues and problems related to program development in support of the mission of the Indian Health Service.

National Chief Clinical Consultants (NCCC)

The National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants (NCCC) is a permanent council of the Indian Health Service, composed of the Chief Clinical Consultants, who are appointed by the Director of the Indian Health Service. All Chief Clinical Consultants are full-time employees of a Native Corporation, Urban, Tribal or Indian Health Service program, are board certified, registered or certified as appropriate for their discipline/specialty, and have significant experience in the discipline/specialty within the Native American healthcare system.

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National Council of Chief Executive Officers (NCCEO)

The National Council of Chief Executive Officers (NCCEO) is a council composed of local Chief Executive Officers, Tribal Health Program Directors, and Urban Indian Health Program Directors for all Hospitals and Clinics in the Indian Health System.

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National Council of Chief Medical Officers (NCCMO)

The National Council of Chief Medical Officers (NCCMO) is a council for the IHS Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the 12 Area CMOs, and the IHS Office of Clinical and Preventive Services Director. The role of the NCCMO is to support the mission of the Indian Health Service by developing management and clinical recommendations on IHS policies and strategic plans, particularly as they relate to Agency and Tribal health programs, clinical standards, and quality of care improvement. The NCCMO is responsible for providing clinical guidance, leadership and vision to Agency efforts in quality of care and quality improvement.

National Council of Clinical Directors (NCCD)

The National Council of Clinical Directors (NCCD) is composed of all designated Clinical Directors at the IHS, Tribal and Urban Health Programs. The NCCD continually improves the health status of the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people by responsibly and effectively participating in the development and implementation of the Indian Health Service health care policies. Clinical Directors are responsible for the clinical services administered at the various clinics and hospitals. They are involved in hiring and supervising clinical staff and making procurement decisions on clinical items while adhering to national clinical outcome goals and quality measures; as well as accreditation activities.

National Council of Executive Officers (NCEO)

The purpose of the National Council of Executive Officers (NCEO) is to advise the Indian Health Service Director on all the administrative and management matters, including initiating and reviewing proposed (or existing) IHS policies, procedures, guidelines and instructions.

National Nurse Leadership Council (NNLC)

The National Nurse Leadership Council (NNLC) provides leadership for Indian Health through advocacy, accountability, communication and integrity. The purpose of the NNLC is to ensure that the Indian Health System Nursing Program representatives effectively participate in the establishment and implementation of Agency strategies to achieve the IHS mission.

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National Oral Health Council (NOHC)

The National Oral Health Council (NOHC) is composed of all dental staff in the Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban programs. The NOHC advocates on behalf of American Indians/Alaskan Natives for improved oral health by advising and assisting IHS leadership concerning relevant health issues and policies while promoting integration of oral health into overall health.

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National Pharmacy Council (NPC)

The Mission of the Indian Health Service is to provide health care services and consultation that raise the level of health among the Indian People to the highest possible level. The National Pharmacy Council (NPC) is hereby promulgated in order to develop and maintain a pharmacy service that would meet this goal by facilitating teamwork within the Indian Health Service pharmacy program. The NPC provides advice and consultation to the Chief Pharmacist of the Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban programs on issues and problems related to the business of developing a pharmacy program that will help meet the mission of the Indian Health Service. Committee members and chair-persons are chosen to represent a broad cross section of management and professional expertise as resources to the Indian Health Service as a system. As the NPC is expected to work with all issues related to the practice of pharmacy within the Indian Health Service, the committee will conduct strategic planning sessions to formulate the scope and depth of issues to be addressed and will carry these issues to completion as a work product.

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