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September 2012 Blogs

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

Lawton Indian Hospital

I visited the IHS Lawton Indian Hospital in August and met with Tribes served by the facility. Here is a picture from the visit:

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Posted on Sep 28, 2012

SDPI Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Heart Initiatives Meeting

I attended the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Heart Initiatives Meeting in Denver, CO, in early September and spent time with the grantees in their poster session. I also gave the Inaugural Lecture in the Speaker Series for the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases-sponsored Center for AI/AN Diabetes Translation Research, where I presented on the successful results of the SDPI. Here are pictures from my visit:

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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Dr. Roubideaux with Dr. Spero Manson, Director SDPI Coordinating Center
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Speaker Series lecture
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - SDPI Poster Session
 
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Posted on Sep 28, 2012

HHS Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee met in September and discussed their progress on their priorities and met with Secretary Sebeilus. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Sep 28, 2012

National Indian Council on Aging Conference

I attended the National Indian Council on Aging Conference in Albuquerque, NM, in September and provided an update on progress on our Agency priorities. I also joined a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act with Rex Lee Jim, Navajo Nation Vice President, and Cynthia LaCounte, HHS Administration on Aging. Here are pictures from the conference:

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Posted on Sep 27, 2012

Direct Service Tribes Annual Conference

The Direct Service Tribes Annual Conference was held in August in Tucson, AZ. The meeting provided a forum for Tribes who are served by facilities managed directly by the IHS to hear updates, discuss progress on agency priorities, and discuss key health issues. The meeting included plenary sessions, workshops, and Area caucus sessions. I also held Tribal Delegation Meetings with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Warm Springs Tribe. The Carol Ann Heart Spirit Award was given to Direct Service Tribes Advisory Group Chair Sandra Ortega. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Rosebud Sioux Tribe
 
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Posted on Sep 27, 2012

IHS Tucson Area Listening Session

I held a listening session with the IHS Tucson Area in August in Tucson after the Direct Service Tribes Annual conference. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Sep 27, 2012

HHS Secretary Trip to South Dakota

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius led a delegation on a trip to South Dakota. The Secretary visited sites that included Indian Health Service, Administration for Children and Families, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration programs and also met with the Pine Ridge, Rosebud Sioux, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes. Here are pictures from the visit:

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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Sioux San IHS Dental Clinic
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Pine Ridge IHS Service Unit SDPI Diabetes Prevention Program
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Rosebud IHS Service Unit
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council
 
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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Red Cloud Indian School
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Sinte Gleska Equine Therapy Program
 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Child Care Program
 
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Posted on Sep 27, 2012

Southcentral Foundation Valley Native Primary Care Center Opening

Southcentral Foundation celebrated the opening of its Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla, AK, in August. The facility was constructed by the Tribe under a Joint Venture Construction agreement with the Indian Health Service. Here are pictures from the opening:

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Posted on Sep 26, 2012

IHS Tribal Consultation Summit: Other Meetings

During the same week as the IHS Tribal Consultation Summit, several other meetings were held for the convenience of the attendees, which helped save on travel costs for many. The other meetings included the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee, the National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health, the IHS Directors' Advisory Workgroup on Tribal Consultation, and the HHS Tribal Consultation Meeting on the Affordable Care Act Federally-Facilitated Exchanges and the Medicaid Expansion. Here are pictures from those meetings:

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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee
 
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Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Directors' Advisory Workgroup on Tribal Consultation
 
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Posted on Sep 26, 2012

IHS Area Director/Chief Medical Officer Meetings

The IHS Area Directors and Area Chief Medical Officers held a joint meeting in August to continue progress on agency priorities with a focus on key clinical and administrative issues. Here are some pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Sep 26, 2012

Contract Support Costs Consultation Update

Today we are sending a letter to Tribes to provide an update on our consultation on Contract Support Costs and to request input on identified issues. Here is a copy of the letter [PDF - 45KB].

 


Posted on Sep 26, 2012

I Strengthen My Nation Campaign

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) has partnered with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to develop and launch a national campaign focused on substance abuse prevention entitled "I Strengthen My Nation." This national prevention campaign includes culturally relevant materials designed in collaboration with American Indian and Alaska Native youth. These materials highlight the strengths of youth who reject the use of alcohol and other substances, and consist of fact sheets, brochures, posters, public service announcements, t-shirts, lanyards, and window clings. The youth who participated in the development of this campaign did so in the hopes that these messages will promote resilience, healthy behaviors, and new social norms. Further information from the "I Strengthen My Nation" national campaign, including the images created, is available on the IHS DBH webpage.

 


Posted on Sep 25, 2012

Tribal Best Practices Training Conference 2012

The 2012 Tribal Best Practices Training Conference was held in July in Salt Lake City, UT, and was an opportunity to share clinical best practices, care team integration, and health information technology activities used to improve patient care. The meeting was hosted by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and United South and Eastern Tribes. Here are pictures from the conference:

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Posted on Sep 25, 2012

Tribal Delegation Meeting: Tejon Indian Tribe

A Tribal Delegation Meeting was held with the Tejon Indian Tribe of California in July at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, MD. Here is a picture from the meeting:

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Posted on Sep 25, 2012

IHS National Director's Awards

I hosted the IHS National Director's Awards in Washington, D.C., in August to celebrate the accomplishments of our IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health program staff and partners. The event was held at the National Museum of the American Indian. Here are pictures from the event:

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Posted on Sep 25, 2012

IHS Tribal Consultation Summit

IHS held its 3rd Tribal Consultation Summit in Denver in August. The purpose of the Summit was to provide a "one-stop shop" for Tribes to learn about IHS consultation activities. The final agenda is posted on our Tribal Consultation website. Here are some pictures from the event:

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Posted on Sep 24, 2012

IHS Albuquerque Area Listening Session

I attended the IHS Albuquerque Area Listening Session in July by phone, provided an IHS update, and answered questions. Here are some pictures from the session:

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Posted on Sep 24, 2012

AIDS 2012 Conference

I posted a blog that described my participation in the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July. Here are some pictures I have been meaning to post from the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS and the Indigenous Networking Zone Global Village at the conference:

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Posted on Sep 24, 2012

IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session

We held a Phoenix Area Listening Session in July, during which I listened to issues and concerns from Phoenix Area Tribes, including Tribes from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Here are some pictures from the listening session:

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