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Public service campaign urges Indian Country to protect cultures and way of life by getting vaccinated

Dr. Charles Ty Reidhead, Phoenix Area Director, Indian Health Service

July 28, 2021
by Dr. Charles Ty Reidhead, Phoenix Area Director, Indian Health Service

In partnership with the American Lung Association, I was recently featured in a public service announcement Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  urging Indian Country to heed the wisdom of our elders and encouraging careful consideration of protecting our cultures and our way of life by getting vaccinated ... Continue reading


IHS Division of Oral Health funds nine major awards to address dental health program needs

Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, Deputy Director, Division of Oral Health, Indian Health Service

July 20, 2021
by Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, Deputy Director, Division of Oral Health, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health recently made nine funding awards to organizations that address some of the most serious and longstanding challenges to high quality dental care in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The awardees will coordinate regional resources, train ... Continue reading


Miracles do happen! The importance of childhood vaccines

Diana Hu, MD, FAAP, Maternal Child Health Consultant, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, and Staff Pediatrician, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

July 19, 2021
by Diana Hu, MD, FAAP, Maternal Child Health Consultant, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, and Staff Pediatrician, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

When I went to medical school to become a pediatrician, we learned about the history of medicine – the dawn of the antibiotic age, the use of anesthesia in surgery and other “medical miracles” that revolutionized medical care. Childhood vaccines are one of those medical miracles we ... Continue reading


Telehealth services key to accessing and providing continuity of care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Stephen Neal, Chief of Staff, Chinle Service Unit, IHS Navajo Area

July 9, 2021
by Stephen Neal, Chief of Staff, Chinle Service Unit, IHS Navajo Area

Telehealth and telemedicine services have been a critical component of health care in the IHS Navajo Area during the COVID-19 pandemic response. The Navajo Area Indian Health Service improved the efficiency of health care, increased access to care, and screened and monitored COVID-19 patients ... Continue reading


Recognizing National HIV Testing Day and the Benefits of HIV Testing and Knowing Your Status

Rick Haverkate, IHS National HIV/AIDS & HepC Program Coordinator

June 25, 2021
by Rick Haverkate, IHS National HIV/AIDS & HepC Program Coordinator

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. On this day, we unite with partners across the country to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and the early diagnosis of HIV. The Indian Health Service recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 gets tested for HIV at least once as part ... Continue reading