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Critical Care Response Team deploys to the Claremore Indian Hospital in Oklahoma

George Valliere, chief executive officer, Claremore Indian Hospital, Oklahoma City Area IHS

September 4, 2020
by George Valliere, chief executive officer, Claremore Indian Hospital, Oklahoma City Area IHS

The Indian Health Service announced the formation of a COVID-19 Critical Care Response Team to provide deployable resources to augment urgent lifesaving medical care to COVID-19 patients admitted to IHS or tribal hospital emergency department or inpatient ... Continue reading


IHS doctor recounts her experiences managing the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic

Natalie Holt, MD, deputy chief medical officer, Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

August 19, 2020
by Natalie Holt, MD, deputy chief medical officer, Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

At the corner of the white board in my office, I have the following notation: 3/19: U.S. Cases: 16,621; U.S. Deaths: 225.

That was in the early days of our implementing Incident Command at the Great Plains Area office in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Nearly five months later, ... Continue reading


Notice of Funding Opportunity for Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Activities

Jennifer Cooper, Director, Office of Tribal Self-Governance

August 6, 2020
by Jennifer Cooper, Director, Office of Tribal Self-Governance

The funding opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2021 Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements, administered by the Office of Tribal Self-Governance, is now available and published in the federal register. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2020.

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IHS audiologist wears clear face covering to better communicate with patients

Lt. April Waller, Au. D., CCC-A, Audiologist, Pawnee Indian Health Center

July 17, 2020
by Lt. April Waller, Au. D., CCC-A, Audiologist, Pawnee Indian Health Center

As an audiologist working for the Pawnee Indian Health Center in the Oklahoma City Area, I recognize the tremendous benefit of wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our facility encourages the wearing of face coverings whenever we are in public to protect ourselves and others from the virus which is easily spread through talking, singing and generally, breathing in close proximity. However, the wearing of face coverings in a clinical setting presents a problem in communicating with patients who may have a hearing impairment or communication disorder.

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

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

June 26, 2020
by Rick Haverkate, IHS National HIV/AIDS & HepC Program Coordinator

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. On this day, we unite with federal and tribal partners across the country to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. The Indian Health Service recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.

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