Skip to site content

IHS Blog

IHS Announces a New Policy to Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Remote Locations

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer

November 1, 2018
by Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer

American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country are being impacted by the opioid epidemic. IHS is working in partnership with tribes to prevent opioid misuse, treat addiction, and support recovery. This includes promoting safe and effective therapies to help patients stop the inappropriate use of pain medications.

... Continue reading


IHS Quality Program Focuses on Patient-Centered, Safe Health Care

Susan Anderson, Management Analyst/Improvement Advisor, Improving Patient Care program

October 26, 2018
by Susan Anderson, Management Analyst/Improvement Advisor, Improving Patient Care program

This week, IHS recognized National Health Care Quality Week. We focused on the strategic importance of quality and continuous improvement, and commitment to performance excellence.  The IHS quality program aims to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native people receive the highest quality, ... Continue reading


IHS and HHS Launch a Health Information Technology Modernization Research Project

Mitchell Thornbrugh, Acting Chief Information Officer

October 24, 2018
by Mitchell Thornbrugh, Acting Chief Information Officer

The Indian Health Service Office of Information Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  have launched a Health Information Technology Modernization Research Project.  The project will provide valuable insight on ways for IHS to streamline its health IT infrastructure, applications, and capabilities.

... Continue reading


Increasing Awareness of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in Our Communities

Selina Keryte, IHS National Domestic Violence Program Lead

October 15, 2018
by Selina Keryte, IHS National Domestic Violence Program Lead

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 18 has been designated as Wear Purple Day. Indian Health Service staff are encouraged to wear purple on this day as it represents a symbol to show support of domestic violence survivors.

... Continue reading


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Capt. Dana Hayworth, MSN, RN, Acting Chief Nurse

October 12, 2018
by Capt. Dana Hayworth, MSN, RN, Acting Chief Nurse

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 237,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 41,000 deaths each year in the U.S. In men, there ... Continue reading