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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.

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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


IHS Physical Therapists Expand Access to Essential Services

Capt. Tarri Randall, Acting Director of Physical Therapy, Whiteriver Indian Hospital

October 10, 2018
by Capt. Tarri Randall, Acting Director of Physical Therapy, Whiteriver Indian Hospital

October is Physical Therapy Month. The Indian Health Service has over 136 physical therapy staff employed across the nation at over 50 different clinical sites. IHS physical therapists expand access to essential rehabilitative services for many American Indians and Alaska Natives who live in rural ... Continue reading


Health Literacy: Using Everyday Words to Support Wellness

Alberta Becenti, Public Advisor for the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program, Indian Health Service

October 5, 2018
by Alberta Becenti, Public Advisor for the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program, Indian Health Service

October is Health Literacy Month. This is a time for those who work at health clinics, hospitals and for public health programs to promote the importance of providing clear health information to enable our patients and families to make informed decisions about their health.  According to the National ... Continue reading


IHS Dental Hygienists are "Dental Hygiene Strong!"

Cmdr. Colleen White, RDH, MPH, Senior Dental Hygienist at Gallup Indian Medical Center

October 4, 2018
by Cmdr. Colleen White, RDH, MPH, Senior Dental Hygienist at Gallup Indian Medical Center

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Oral health is an integral part of overall health. When it comes to self-care, the attention you give your teeth and mouth on a daily basis can affect disease processes in the rest of your body.

At the Indian Health Service, dental hygienists take on many roles within the agency to promote oral health and prevent diseases. Some IHS dental hygienists travel long distances with portable dental equipment to provide quality preventive dental services across Indian Country. Many of these remote areas do not have the modern conveniences that we take for granted, such as cellular service, internet service, and in some cases plumbing and electrical services. These are just some of the challenges that we face each day.

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