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April 2017 Blogs

Building Early Childhood Caries Prevention Into IHS Activities

CDR Nathan Mork, DDS, MPH, Co-Chair IHS Early Childhood Caries Collaborative

April 26, 2017
by CDR Nathan Mork, DDS, MPH, Co-Chair IHS Early Childhood Caries Collaborative

Tooth decay is a significant problem for American Indian and Alaska Native preschool children. Half of all American Indian and Alaska Native preschool children have experienced tooth decay.

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April is STD Awareness Month

Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, IHS National STD Program, Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, IHS

April 25, 2017
by Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, IHS National STD Program, Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, IHS

April is recognized as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month and brings attention to the nearly 20 million new STDs that occur in the United States each year. While STDs affect all racial and ethnic groups, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations are affected at a higher rate.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beverly Cotton, Division of Behavioral Health Director

April 24, 2017
by Beverly Cotton, Division of Behavioral Health Director

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Indian Health Service has an important role in improving the lives of Native youth.

When I reflect on my Tribe's past, and similar stories across many tribal nations, I know that my ancestors raised their children through strengths-based ... Continue reading


Earth Day: Healthy Planet, Healthy Populations

Gary J. Hartz, P.E., Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Chief Sustainability Officer, Indian Health Service

April 21, 2017
by Gary J. Hartz, P.E., Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Chief Sustainability Officer, Indian Health Service

Last year on Earth Day I encouraged everyone to make every day Earth Day. What did we do at IHS during the past year to accomplish that?

We have increased employee participation of telework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 26,832 telework days to 29,198 telework days annually. The construction ... Continue reading


IHS Strives to Address Alcohol Misuse

Walter Castle, Sr. Public Health Advisor, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead, Indian Health Service

April 5, 2017
by Walter Castle, Sr. Public Health Advisor, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead, Indian Health Service

Alcohol use can have long term and sometimes devastating effects on individuals, families and communities. Unfortunately, Indian Country is not always immune to these effects. Alcohol Awareness Month provides an opportunity to strengthen awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage communities to promote ... Continue reading


Family Spirit Program is Aimed at Assisting New Parents

Georgianna Old Elk, Acting Program Coordinator for CHRs

April 4, 2017
by Georgianna Old Elk, Acting Program Coordinator for CHRs

The Family Spirit Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is an evidence-based, culturally tailored home-visit intervention delivered by Community Health Representatives (CHRs) as a core strategy to support young Native families who have infants and children ages 0 to 3 years old. Parents gain ... Continue reading