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

Navajo Area

Pharmacy Information

Your skills are needed and your advice is respected.

The pharmacy practice on Navajo is progressive and comprehensive in scope. We promote the active involvement of pharmacists in all aspects of care for the patient and the health care system. If your goal is to practice patient-oriented pharmacy, then we feel that you will want to join our team.

Why not enjoy the satisfaction of doing something meaningful while having the adventure of a lifetime.

Indian Health Service pharmacists practice in a true pharmaceutical care environment where they fully utilize their knowledge and skills. Indian Health Service pharmacy has pioneered many progressive and innovative services over the past 30 years. We were recently recognized by the APHA and HCQA awarding the Pinnacle award to the Pharmacy program of Indian Health Service for best system in the U.S.

Pharmacists have direct access to the patient’s medical record including laboratory tests, immunization status, past visits and medical history to assess the appropriate of drug therapy before dispensing medications. Coordination with physicians is excellent and all potential problems are resolved with the provider before dispensing. All patients are counseled about their drug therapy in a private room to assess their understanding of their drug therapy. In some locations, pharmacists are credentialed to provide primary care and therapeutic monitoring to improve patient outcomes and reduce therapeutic misadventures. In our inpatient sites, pharmacy services include unit dose, IV additive, pharmaco-kinetics, physician rounds, drug information and education of staff and patients. The unique cultural experience of working with the rich culture of the Navajo people provides a fulfilling and challenging experience that is unique to Indian Health Service.

Other locations on this web site talk about the unique things to do with your time off and certainly the staff of the facilities work and play together in a way unique to Indian Health Service.

To discover more about pharmacy on the Navajo Reservation including contact information for each of our clinics, map of the Navajo Nation, and a visitor's guide, please complete the online request form.

Pharmacists seeking employment with the Navajo Indian Health Service can apply for vacancies as a Commissioned Officer of the US Public Health Service or as a Federal Civil Servant. Click here to view the available information on the comparison of benefits of the two personnel systems.

To apply as a Commissioned Officer, you can request an application from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The completed application must be sent to U.S. Public Health Service in Rockville, Maryland to be processed. However to expedite the employment process please mail a copy of the completed four page form, PHS-50, which is part of the "Application for Appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service" contained in the application packet, to:

Shannon J. Hopkins
NAIHS, Professional Standards and Recruitment
P.O. Box 9020
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: 928-871-5884
Email: Shannon.Hopkins@ihs.gov

To apply for a position as a Federal Civil Servant, please view the Pharmacy Vacancy Announcement. The following documents are required to process your application:

  • OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
  • OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment (Alternatively a resume can be submitted but it must follow the
  • format listed on the vacancy announcement)
  • Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment (Child Care Clearance Form)
  • BIA Form 4432, if claiming Indian Preference
  • DD-214 Form, if claiming Veterans Preference
  • SF-15 and letter from the Veterans Administration dated within the last 12 months if claiming 10 point veterans preference
  • Copy of current pharmacy license

Click here to view and print the packet of all the required forms listed above. [PDF-310KB]
(OF-306, OF-612, ChildCare Clearance, BIA-4432, SF-15, Geographic Preference). Please submit the completed application to:

Navajo Area Indian Health Service
Division of Personnel Management
Post Office Box 9020
Window Rock, Arizona 86515-9020

For further information on the application process please contact Thad Koppenhafer at 505-368-7255.