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Posted on Apr 2, 2015

SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Mobile App to Help Health Care Providers Save Lives

A mobile app called Suicide Safe, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was released in March. Suicide Safe gives behavioral and primary health care providers tips on how to assess for suicidal risk, communicate effectively with patients and their families, determine appropriate next steps, and make referrals when needed. The app is available at no cost through SAMHSA's website.

Suicide is a significant problems in tribal communities, and we are working closely with tribal, federal, state, and community leadership to stop this preventable issue. Almost half of people who die by suicide have visited a primary care provider in the month prior to their death, and 20 percent have had contact with mental health services. Yet, many behavioral and primary health care providers have never received training on how to assess and manage suicidal patients.

Suicide Safe is a resource learning tool that provides examples of case studies, mock dialogue, and educational materials. One of the downloadable tribal publications accessible from the app is To Live to See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults. This guide lays the groundwork for comprehensive prevention planning, with prevention broadly defined to include programs that a community can use to promote the mental health of its youth. The guide also covers actions communities can take in response to a suicide to help heal and thereby prevent related suicidal behaviors.

SAMHSA's Suicide Safe app is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices through http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/suicidesafe/ Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov. Please see the press release for more information.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Mobile App


Posted on Mar 16, 2015

American Indians and Alaska Natives: How to Use Your New Health Insurance

Repost from the White House blogExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
By Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Since many American Indians and Alaska Natives have used the Indian Health Service all their lives for health care, using health insurance can be an unfamiliar challenge. You can still use it when you visit IHS, and you can use it to access health services with other providers and facilities.

If you now have access to health insurance, through the Affordable Care Act, your job or your Tribe, using your coverage for the first time can be confusing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Department of Health and Human Services has developed a great brochure entitled "From Coverage to Care" and has even developed a Tribal version of this document that:

  • Contains information and tips on how to understand and use your health insurance
  • Serves as a very helpful roadmap with suggestions on how to choose providers and how to prepare for your health care appointment
  • And is also tailored to provide you information on special benefits and resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives

For more information, go to www.healthcare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov or https://marketplace.cms.gov/outreach-and-education/special-populations.html Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.


Posted on Mar 6, 2015

CSC Update

Please see the Contract Support Costs Proposal in the FY 2016 President’s Budget [PDF-161KB] slides presented on today’s IHS All Tribes Call.


Posted on Feb 20, 2015

IHS Update

Please see email announcement [PDF - 84 KB]. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux is currently the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives, Department of Health and Human Services, and Mr. Robert McSwain is the Acting IHS Director.


Posted on Feb 10, 2015

NCAI 13th Annual State of Indian Nations Address

I attended the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 13th Annual State of Indian Nations Address in Washington, D.C., last month. Here is a picture from the event. You can view more pictures on the NCAI Flickr site. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - NCAI 13th Annual State of Indian Nations Address in Washington, DC, January 2015


Posted on Feb 10, 2015

President Obama’s November 2014 Meeting with Tribal Leaders

Here is a photo of the Tribal Leaders who had the opportunity to meet with President Obama the day before the White House Tribal Nations Conference this past November.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - President Obama’s Meeting with Tribal Leaders,  November 2014


Posted on Feb 10, 2015

IHS Contract Support Costs Workgroup

I met with the IHS Contract Support Costs (CSC) Workgroup in January. We discussed the FY 2016 President’s Budget that contains a proposal to shift CSC to a mandatory appropriation and continued work on improving calculations of CSC need. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Contract Support Costs Workgroup meeting, January 2015
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Posted on Feb 10, 2015

IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

I met with the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting in January. I also had the chance to deliver their 2013 IHS National Director’s Special Recognition Award for their great work on Affordable Care Act outreach and education through our National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative. I provided an IHS update, including information on the FY 2016 President’s Budget. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, January 2015


Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Tribal Delegation Meetings – January 2015

IHS held Tribal Delegation Meetings with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, the Ak Chin Indian Community, and the Quinault Nation. Here are pictures from the meetings:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Ak Chin Indian Community
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Posted on Feb 9, 2015

NCUIH Board of Directors’ Meeting

I met with the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) at their Board of Directors’ Meeting in January. Here is a picture from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - NCUIH Board of Directors’ Meeting, January 2015