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Groundbreaking New IHS Policy on Opioid Prescribing

The policy helps IHS prevent addiction to prescription painkillers. IHS is among the first federal government agencies to implement this specific kind of policy requiring its doctors to check state prescription drug monitoring databases.

  • IHS Principal Deputy Director’s blog on the importance of this new policy
  • Read Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving how HHS is taking action to combat the opioid epidemic
  • See the White House Fact Sheet Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving sharing this IHS news

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Great Plains Area Office Structure

IHS is conducting a 90-day consultation with Tribal leaders and confer with Urban Indian organization representatives to discuss the organization and operation of the IHS Great Plains Area Office. Two in-person sessions on July 15 and August 30, both in Rapid City, SD; and by phone on August 10.


2016 AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference – August 9-11

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Conference, scheduled for August 9-11 in Portland, Oregon, is a premier opportunity to hear from nationally recognized speakers, behavioral health care providers, Tribal leaders, and health care officials addressing behavioral health topics in Indian Country.


Quality Health Care at IHS

Our patients are our first priority. Quality health care reduces disparities and promises a future that assures excellence for our patients across the IHS system.


13th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting & 6th Annual Great Plains Health Summit

"Empowering Indian Health for Future Generations"

The IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCBH) will partner in hosting the Direct Service Tribes 13th Annual National Meeting & 6th Annual GPTCHB Health Summit to be held August 31-September 1 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD.


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