Indian Health Service (IHS) Director's Corner Blog http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/ IHS Director's updates on important issues affecting the Indian Health Service. en-us IHS Update http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihsupdate http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihsupdate Friday, February 20, 2015 ]]> 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.


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NCAI 13th Annual State of Indian Nations Address http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ncai13thannualstateofindiannationsaddress http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ncai13thannualstateofindiannationsaddress Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ]]> 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

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President Obama’s November 2014 Meeting with Tribal Leaders http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/presidentobamasnovember2014meetingwithtriballeaders http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/presidentobamasnovember2014meetingwithtriballeaders Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ]]> 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

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IHS Contract Support Costs Workgroup http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihscontractsupportcostsworkgroup http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihscontractsupportcostsworkgroup Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ]]> 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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Contract Support Costs Workgroup meeting, January 2015

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IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihstribalselfgovernanceadvisorycommitteequarterlymeeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihstribalselfgovernanceadvisorycommitteequarterlymeeting Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ]]> 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
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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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Tribal Delegation Meetings – January 2015 http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/tribaldelegationmeetingsjanuary2015 http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/tribaldelegationmeetingsjanuary2015 Tuesday, February 10, 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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NCUIH Board of Directors’ Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ncuihboardofdirectorsmeeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ncuihboardofdirectorsmeeting Monday, February 9, 2015 ]]> 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

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First Nations Health Authority – British Columbia http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/firstnationshealthauthoritybritishcolumbia http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/firstnationshealthauthoritybritishcolumbia Monday, February 9, 2015 ]]> I met with representatives from the First Nations Health Authority of British Columbia to discuss their interest in learning more about IHS, since they were the first Native group to assume management of health care services from Health Canada. Here is a picture from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - First Nations Health Authority of British Columbia

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Center for Native American Youth Roundtable http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/centerfornativeamericanyouthroundtable http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/centerfornativeamericanyouthroundtable Monday, February 9, 2015 ]]> I attended the Center for Native American Youth 16th Policy and Resource Roundtable: “Generation Indigenous” in January, where federal officials met with other representatives from organizations and with Native youth to discuss the President’s new initiative for Native youth. Here are pictures from the event:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Center for Native American Youth 16th Policy and Resource Roundtable, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Center for Native American Youth 16th Policy and Resource Roundtable, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Center for Native American Youth 16th Policy and Resource Roundtable, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Center for Native American Youth 16th Policy and Resource Roundtable, January 2015

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IHS Purchased/Referred Care Workgroup Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihspurchasedreferredcareworkgroupmeeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/february2015/ihspurchasedreferredcareworkgroupmeeting Monday, February 9, 2015 ]]> The IHS Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) Workgroup met in Denver, Colorado, in January. They discussed the Medicare-like Rates Notice of Proposed Rule Making and reviewed the PRC distribution formula. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Purchased/Referred Care Workgroup meeting, January 2015
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Purchased/Referred Care Workgroup meeting, January 2015

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