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

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Recruitment and Retention

IHS Officer, Doctor, nurse, and staff conversing in a hospital

The backbone of any organization is its people. At the Indian Health Service (IHS), our health care practitioners embody our mission. By investing in dedicated, caring and knowledgeable health care professionals, we provide the highest standards of care to an appreciative and deserving patient population. That investment begins with hiring the right candidates; preparing them with adequate information about the facility, the Tribes, the communities and their patients before their very first day; and supporting them throughout their career with opportunities to contribute to the success of the team, to participate in continuing medical education programs and to provide career advancement at every level. This site is designed to provide clinical directors, hiring managers and facility leadership with case studies, resources and practical advice on how to retain and support valued staff. The materials linked here offer successful strategies from other Indian health leaders that worked to encourage communication and teamwork among staff; recognize and develop future facility leaders; and empower their team to take ownership of the IHS mission.