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Behavioral Health Consultants
The focus of Behavioral Health is to address and aid individuals experiencing psychological, emotional, and interpersonal issues which impact their daily lives. Behavioral health plays an integral role in providing treatment and interventions for mental health disorders and maladaptive coping mechanisms found within individuals, families, couples and communities.
Division of Behavioral Health
Office of Clinical Preventive Services
Community Health Representatives (CHR)
Each CHR is responsible for providing services in accordance with his/her own level of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as defined within the individual’s position description and federal program policies under which he/she works. CHRs are health paraprofessionals as determined by Congress in the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Preparation at the Basic CHR level is required for providing services to the community in the capacity of a CHR.
View a list of IHS CHR coordinators.
Area Diabetes Consultants (ADCs) are health care professionals with expertise in diabetes. They play critical roles in supporting each IHS Area’s diabetes treatment and prevention activities by serving as regional diabetes clinical and programmatic consultants as well as providing key functions in the SDPI grant process.
View a list of IHS Diabetes Consultants (ADCs).
Environmental Health Professionals
Environmental Health Services staff provide direct services and technical assistance to tribes, data for action at the community level, identify and control risk factors that affect the health of the community, fund and evaluate local environmental health (EH) projects and interventions, advocate at the federal and regional levels, and built the capacity of tribes to manage their own environmental health programs.
View a list of IHS Environmental Health contacts
Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Coordinators
Each HPDP Coordinator serves as the primary specialist and consultant to dietitians, physicians, and other health care providers in their Area on nutrition management and disease prevention initiatives. They provide consultation, guidance, education and technical assistance using expert nutrition, diabetes education and health promotion knowledge and skills in assisting tribal and urban health programs, tribes; professional, public, private, and voluntary organizations and agencies. on matters related to nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention.
View a list of IHS HPDP coordinators.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, and use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make positive lifestyle changes. RDNs work in a variety of settings, including; hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, community centers, universities, research, and private practice. They advocate for access to nourishing foods in the communities they serve and work towards the advancement of the nutritional status of all people.
Kelli Begay, MS, MBA, RDN, LD
Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
Office of Clinical Preventive Services
Public Health Nurses
While most nurses care for one patient at a time, public health nurses care for entire populations. By working with whole communities, public health nurses are able to educate people about health issues, improve community health and safety, and increase access to care.
Tina A. Tah, RN/BSN/MBA
Senior Nurse Consultant, Public Health Nursing
Sanitation Facilities Construction Professionals
Sanitation Facilities Construction staff provide environmental engineering services, develop water, wastewater, and solid waste projects and provide funding to complete them, provide operations and maintenance training and technical consultation to individuals and tribes, provide emergency response services, advocate at the federal and regional levels on environmental issues, and help build the capacity of tribes to manage their sanitation infrastructure and programs, and maintain and report sanitation deficiencies to Congress.
View a list of IHS Sanitation Facilities construction contacts.