Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
At the Nashville Area Indian Health Service (IHS), our primary mission is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. In order to accomplish this objective, we work diligently to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people. The basis for these goals is rooted in our duty to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of tribes.
The Nashville Area is the most geographically and culturally diverse Area within IHS. This poses unique challenges to our staff and requires the use of creativity, flexibility, and understanding in accomplishing our mission. The Nashville Area logo tries to capture this on a number of different levels, using image and color associations found in Native American culture and traditional heraldry.
In the center a representation of the states that make up the Nashville Area is shown. This symbolizes the geographic extremes and diversity of the Area. The individual states are not identified symbolizing that we work together as a unit to accomplish our mission. The light blue background behind the states traditionally represents health, healing, and understanding; qualities that form the core of our mission. The dark blue of the outer band is symbolic of knowledge, integrity, and sincerity. These are the qualities that bring our actions together into an effective and efficient organization. The caduceus and feather is the traditional symbol of the Indian Health Service and serves to remind us that we are part of a larger, nationwide organization dedicated to health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Integrated into the outer band of the logo is the medicine wheel, a traditional symbol in Native American culture. The medicine wheel has many layers of symbolism. It represents the four directions (North, South, East and West) brought together in a common union. It is a symbol of how we bring together ideas from across the Area to solve our problems. The colors each have their own significance and also represent the stages of life. The wheel is a physical representation of the cycle of life and symbolizes our journey toward a common goal.
Project TransAm, a source of medical equipment available for reutilization to IHS and Tribes running IHS programs. In the last 10 Years, the program has distributed $33 Million worth of medical equipment and supplies to Tribes across the country from the US Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and other federal sources. Visit the IHS Project TransAm web site to learn more and to view a list of equipment and supplies available for transfer.