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IHS Efforts to Strengthen Services for Native Veterans Highlighted in Senate Committee Hearing

Roselyn Tso, IHS Director

December 1, 2022
by Roselyn Tso, IHS Director

Yesterday, I testified during the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, “Native American Veterans: Ensuring Access to VA Health Care and Benefits Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .” I appreciated the opportunity to provide the committee with more information about the collaboration ... Continue reading


IHS Awards Address Epidemic in Indian Country

Andrew Yu, MS, BSN, RN, ACRN, HIV/HCV/STI Clinical Coordinator, Division of Clinical and Community Services

November 30, 2022
by Andrew Yu, MS, BSN, RN, ACRN, HIV/HCV/STI Clinical Coordinator, Division of Clinical and Community Services

On World AIDS Day, recognized on December 1, the Indian Health Service is bringing attention to the current human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C (HCV) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) syndemic affecting many parts of Indian Country. Earlier this year, the Indian Health Service announced ... Continue reading


Commercial Tobacco Use is a Risk for Lung Cancer

Alberta Becenti, MPH, Public Health Advisor, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program, Division of Clinical and Community Services, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

November 29, 2022
by Alberta Becenti, MPH, Public Health Advisor, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program, Division of Clinical and Community Services, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

It is encouraging that thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native people are not using commercial tobacco products and are not exposed to secondhand smoke or aerosols. A tobacco-free lifestyle reaps many benefits for the individual, family, and community. We respect that many tribal communities ... Continue reading


Supporting American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Aftercare Treatment in Indian Country

JB Kinlacheeny, MPH, Public Health Advisor – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead, Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

November 28, 2022
by JB Kinlacheeny, MPH, Public Health Advisor – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead, Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

The Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health has awarded $600,000 through the Youth Regional Treatment Center Aftercare Program to the Cherokee Nation’s Jack Brown Center Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , a tribal YRTC in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to support American Indian and Alaska ... Continue reading


Indigenous Joy is Diverse and Powerful

Rick Haverkate, MPH, National HIV/HCV/STI Program Consultant, Indian Health Service

November 18, 2022
by Rick Haverkate, MPH, National HIV/HCV/STI Program Consultant, Indian Health Service

Transgender Awareness Week, celebrated from November 13 to 19, is an important moment for transgender inclusion. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is also observed on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

The Indian Health Service would like ... Continue reading