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September 15 - 19 is National Health IT Week!

Health information technology tools, such as electronic health records, are critical to improving the delivery of health care services and giving patients the information they need to live a healthy life. Health IT helps ensure the accuracy of health information, promotes patient communication with health care professionals, and reminds providers when patients are due for exams. IHS is continuing to expand its use of Health IT to improve patient health care.

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Let's keep our children happy and healthy. Physical activity and proper nutrition together help reduce the risk of childhood obesity. One child in three is overweight or obese. American Indian and Alaska Native children are greatly affected by this health condition. Help build awareness and take action in your home, school, or community.

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Access the Physical Activity Kit and host an event today.


Congratulations to the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility!

In April, the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona was designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Chinle is now the 9th Indian Health Service hospital to be certified. As a result of striving for this designation, 75 percent of the Chinle's obstetric care unit nursing staff are now certified as lactation counselors. Baby-Friendly hospitals offer new mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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Learn more about the IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative


ACA Monthly Special Enrollment Periods

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on March 31. However, if you are a member of a federally recognized tribe, you're eligible for monthly special enrollment periods. This means you can still enroll in a health plan or make changes to your current health plan once per month. Please consider enrolling in the Marketplace and sharing this information with those you know who are eligible for enrollment. To enroll today, visit Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving

For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Indian Country, visit the IHS ACA website.


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