Division of Environmental Health Services
The Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) is part of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering.
Through shared decision making and sound public health measures, enhance the health and quality of life of all American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level by eliminating environmentally related disease and injury.” – DEHS Mission
We are Environmental Health Officers, Environmental Health Specialists, Health Care Safety Officers, Institutional Environmental Health Officers, and Injury Prevention Specialists. We provide direct environmental health services and consultation to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and Indian Health Service programs.
To quantify need, DEHS and stakeholders identified five environmental health areas that serve as our national priorities. Strategies, objectives, indicators, performance measures and rough cost estimates needed to make visible progress are detailed for each priority.
National Focus Areas
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- DEHS recognized with Outstanding Service [Natl Impact] Award at 2020 NIHB Heroes in Health Awards [virtual] Gala [PDF] for exceptional COVID-19 response & prevention efforts; see award acceptance by RADM Kelly Taylor on behalf of the Division
- 2018 DEHS Annual Report [PDF - 25 MB]
- Congratulations to the IHS Environmental Health Specialist of 2020, George Chung, Phoenix Area [PDF - 177 MB]
- DEHS Award winners of 2020 on the IHS Blog and Facebook
- IHS signed an MOU on reducing lead levels in drinking water that encourages schools & child care facilities to test drinking water for lead