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Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service

March 27, 2020
by Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service

Agency to begin distributing $134 million in new funds to respond to COVID-19

As the entire country, and the world, is coming together to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Health Service is leveraging its close partnerships with tribes, tribal and urban Indian organizations, ... Continue reading


IHS Leadership Training Program

Trudy Jackson, management analyst with the Division of Regulatory and Policy Coordination in the Office of Management Support

March 11, 2020
by Trudy Jackson, management analyst with the Division of Regulatory and Policy Coordination in the Office of Management Support

The Indian Health Service is serious about leadership development and has invested in coaching its future leaders.  One way the organization is doing this is through the IHS Leadership Training Program. I recently had the opportunity to participate in the program hosted by the Phoenix Area office.

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Cass Lake IHS Partners with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to Improve Access to Care

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Ireland, Facility Manager, Cass Lake HIS

February 28, 2020
by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Ireland, Facility Manager, Cass Lake HIS

The Cass Lake Service Unit in the Indian Health Service Bemidji Area recently launched a revitalization and expansion project.

The facility, located in Minnesota, was originally constructed in the 1930s. It has undergone several remodels and additions over the years, but now lacks adequate space to accommodate the needs of the growing community. The current $8.3 million dollar expansion project began in May 2019, with an estimated completion of fall 2020. 

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The Red Lake Wellness Team Focuses on a Comprehensive Approach to Employee Wellness

Jill Andersen, MPT, NBC-HWC, physical therapist for IHS Red Lake Hospital

February 21, 2020
by Jill Andersen, MPT, NBC-HWC, physical therapist for IHS Red Lake Hospital

The Indian Health Service recognizes that a healthier workforce leads to an improved quality of care for the patients and communities we serve. Employee wellness programs have been shown to increase productivity, reduce absences, improve employee engagement, and improve the health of employees - all at a lower overall cost to the employer.  Recently, a group of tribal and federal employees from across multiple disciplines in the Red Lake Service Unit of Minnesota have collaborated to form the Red Lake Wellness Team. The team focuses on a “total person” approach to address wellness for employees at Red Lake Hospital.

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Clinton Service Unit's Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program

Lt. Cmdr. Lori Lee, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist, Clinton Service Unit, Oklahoma City Area IHS

February 20, 2020
by Lt. Cmdr. Lori Lee, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist, Clinton Service Unit, Oklahoma City Area IHS

About 50 million US adults have chronic pain, which is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. For many people, living with chronic pain is a way of life.

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