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Getting Tested for HIV is the Key for Early Awareness and Treatment

Rick Haverkate, National HIV/AIDS Program Director, Indian Health Service

June 26, 2017
by Rick Haverkate, National HIV/AIDS Program Director, Indian Health Service

June 27, 2017, is National HIV Testing Day, a day to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing. The theme is "Test Your Way. Do It Today."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov estimates that there were 3,700 American Indians and Alaska ... Continue reading


IHS and Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Expand Services to Native Youth

Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

June 22, 2017
by Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Native Services Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to enrich the lives of Native youth.

The agreement supports programs that discourage risky behaviors while ... Continue reading


IHS Explores Behavioral Health Aide Program Success in Anchorage

Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

June 21, 2017
by Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

During May, I had the distinct privilege of traveling to Anchorage, Alaska to visit with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to meet with their Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Program in preparation for the expansion of the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) in the lower 48. Accompanying ... Continue reading


Quality and Colleagues in Indian Health

RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

June 16, 2017
by RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Swallow (Oglala Lakota), originally from Porcupine, SD, has worked for IHS for 11 years. Lt. Cmdr. Swallow currently serves as the Quality Management Director for the Whiteriver Service Unit in Arizona, and attended Creighton University to become a physical therapist.

Lt. Cmdr. ... Continue reading


June is National Safety Month

LT Kristin Allmaras , Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

June 16, 2017
by LT Kristin Allmaras , Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

During the month of June we observe National Safety Month Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov to focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death. The theme this year is “Keep Each Other Safe”.  Part of keeping each other safe includes educating our co-workers, patients, ... Continue reading