IHS and VA Launch New Map Application for Native Veterans
The IHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs have launched a new interagency map application to increase access to health care, community-based resources, and other essential services for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. The interactive map application integrates location-based data from 41 urban Indian organizations with 82 locations and 1,500 VA health care facilities, creating an immersive one-stop platform for Native veterans to search and explore health care and other supportive services.
The development of the map application is a part of the Native American Veteran Homelessness Initiative, a multi-agency effort led by the White House Council on Native American Affairs Health Committee , including VA, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Housing and Urban Development. This initiative’s overall goal is to develop relationships between VA, IHS, and other organizations serving Native Americans to provide education on VA and IHS resources and encourage Native veterans to access these services.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have a long history of exceptional service in our nation’s military. Through this new tool, VA and IHS are making health care more accessible for these heroes – which will lead to better health outcomes and better lives.