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About IPC

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people face high rates of illness, disability, and death from chronic and preventable diseases. The Improving Patient Care (IPC) program supports IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs in reducing these health disparities. IPC sites are improving the quality of, and access to, care through the development of a system of care called the “Indian health medical home.”

IPC sites are:

  • focusing on patient- and family-centered care;
  • ensuring access to primary care for all AI/AN people;
  • providing consistent, high-quality care by health care teams;
  • acting on the guidance of the community and of Tribal leadership; and
  • making positive, sustainable, and measurable improvements in care.

The clinical leadership of IHS recognizes that fundamental changes in our system of care are required in this time of fewer resources and health care reform. IPC’s team approach to care and its improvement models are key elements in the IHS strategy to make a difference in the care we provide.

This website is designed to provide you with information and resources to strengthen your health care programs. Please contact the National Staff if you need more information.

Dr. Barbara Vize
Acting Director, Improving Patient Care Program

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