August is National Immunization Awareness Month
People of all ages need immunizations. Families can protect their health with timely vaccinations against infectious diseases. From infants to elders, everyone should stay up to date with their shots.Next
August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week!
Make breastfeeding a family tradition. Five generations of women from the Navajo Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan) have breastfed their children to give them a healthy start to life. Breastfed children have reduced rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, and asthma. Indian Health Service Baby-Friendly hospitals offer women the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.Next
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.Next
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 HealthCare.gov .
For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Indian Country, visit the IHS ACA website.Next
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