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

Community health representative: The first tribally contracted program, since 1968 - American indian paraprofessional healthcare providers

Creating a Workforce that Improves Community Health

Site Contact Information

Celissa G. Stephens, RN, MSN
Acting Director, Community Health Representative Program
Indian Health Service Headquarters
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
301-443-5070 (office)
301-594-6213 (fax)

Welcome to the IHS Community Health Representative web page. First and foremost we would like to acknowledge Tribal CHRs for their ongoing commitment to advance the health of Tribal communities and their efforts to improve access to quality and culturally competent health care services since 1968.

We hope you find that this program website serves your interests well in the ongoing development and delivery of quality CHR services. We at IHS strive to provide items of interest and need for CHRs as we all work together to raise the physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual health of AI/AN individuals and communities to the highest level.

CHR Listserv

The CHR Listserv is designed to keep primarily CHRs in the field informed about upcoming trainings, developments, and CHR-related and broad grant or funding opportunities; and to provide a means of responding to questions or issues which have national impact.

To subscribe please go to the CHR listserv web site

Share What Your CHR Program Has Done

Please send stories with pictures to for consideration to be included on the National IHS CHR Webpage for what your CHR program is doing.