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IHS Test to Treat Initiative Promotes Access to COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment

Matthew A. Clark, MD, FACP, FAAP, IHS Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Area Native Health Service, and Chairman of the IHS National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

June 23, 2022
by Matthew A. Clark, MD, FACP, FAAP, IHS Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Area Native Health Service, and Chairman of the IHS National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 has had a significant impact in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Compared to non-Hispanic whites, American Indian and Alaska Native people have a higher cumulative COVID-19 incidence at 2.2 to 3.5 times; a ... Continue reading


IHS Encourages the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Electronic Health Records

Rick Haverkate, IHS National HIV & Hepatitis C Program Consultant, and Point of Contact for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Matters

June 17, 2022
by Rick Haverkate, IHS National HIV & Hepatitis C Program Consultant, and Point of Contact for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Matters

As we celebrate Pride Month in June, the Indian Health Service recognizes the diversity of our American Indian and Alaska Native patients. In 2019, the IHS Office of Information TechnologyOffice of Resource Access and Partnerships, and Office of Clinical and Preventive Services  ... Continue reading


Pharmacist-Led Program Expands Access to PrEP in Indian Health Service

June 14, 2022
by Lt. Cmdr. Khanh Vu, PharmD, Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Albuquerque Indian Health Center

PrEP medications are safe and effective and can help prevent one from getting HIV. More than one million people in the U.S. could benefit from taking PrEP medicines, but only a tiny fraction of those actually get a prescription. In addition, many people do not know about PrEP medication and how it ... Continue reading


IHS Recognizes National Safety Month: Spotlight of Sharps Mail-Back Program Pilot

Cmdr. David Bales, Environmental Health Officer, Oklahoma City Area IHS

June 13, 2022
by Cmdr. David Bales, Environmental Health Officer, Oklahoma City Area IHS

The Oklahoma City Area Division of Environmental Health Services and Pawnee Indian Health Center pharmacy department piloted a sharps mail-back program as an innovative approach to collect and discard used needles. Multiple community partners assisted with this program, including the Oklahoma Department ... Continue reading


Focusing on Women's Health and Achieving Healthier Futures Together

Capt. Stacey Dawson, Senior Women's Health Nurse Consultant, IHS Division of Nursing Services

May 13, 2022
by Capt. Stacey Dawson, Senior Women's Health Nurse Consultant, IHS Division of Nursing Services

National Women's Health Week is a time for women to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health. ... Continue reading