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Safe Opioid Prescribing: A Focus on Patient Wellness

Julianna Reece, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service and Vice-Chair of the IHS Heroin, Opioids, and Pain Efforts Committee

October 31, 2019
by Julianna Reece, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service and Vice-Chair of the IHS Heroin, Opioids, and Pain Efforts Committee

The Indian Health Service is committed to improving the way we manage pain. We have made a commitment to better understand our patients, to better support our prescribers and to create an infrastructure that allows us to safely and effectively reduce pain and improve function and ... Continue reading


Health Literacy: Educating Individuals, Families, and Communities

Sakiera Malone, MA, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Indian Health Service

October 30, 2019
by Sakiera Malone, MA, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Indian Health Service

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. October is Health Literacy Month and for 20 years organizations around the world have been ... Continue reading


Joint Venture Construction Program: Constructing New Health Care Facilities, Increasing Access to Care in Partnership with Tribes

Gary Hartz, P.E. Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Indian Health Service

October 8, 2019
by Gary Hartz, P.E. Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Indian Health Service

For more than two decades, the IHS Joint Venture Construction Program has strengthened partnerships with tribes across the country and expanded access to comprehensive, culturally acceptable health services for American Indian and Alaska Native people.

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Get Ahead of Sepsis: Knowing the Risks, Spotting the Signs, and Acting Fast

CAPT Stephen

September 13, 2019
by CAPT Stephen "Miles" Rudd, MD, Division of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management, Office of Quality

September 13 is World Sepsis Day. On this day, health systems are urged to develop a concerted effort on sepsis prevention, diagnosis and management. Agencies across the US Department of Health and Human Services Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  , including the IHS, are collaborating ... Continue reading


Highlighting Resources for Suicide Prevention during World Suicide Prevention Day

Pamela End of Horn, MSW, LICSW, National Suicide Prevention Consultant

September 10, 2019
by Pamela End of Horn, MSW, LICSW, National Suicide Prevention Consultant

On World Suicide Prevention Day, and during National Suicide Prevention Week, the Indian Health Service is highlighting crisis resources for suicide prevention and sharing information that can help those in need. We recognize the impact of suicide on Native people and the importance of including all ... Continue reading