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April 2021 Blogs

Addressing health disparities in Indian Country during COVID-19

Elizabeth Fowler, Acting Director, Indian Health Service

April 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Fowler, Acting Director, Indian Health Service

Today, I provided testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  on addressing health disparities in Indian Country and to review the Indian Health Services’ resources and needs. This was my first time ... Continue reading


IHS expanded telehealth to provide care during COVID-19 pandemic

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service

April 28, 2021
by Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service

The Indian health system provides care in a wide range of settings, including many rural and remote locations settings. Telemedicine is therefore an ideal, if not essential, component of our care delivery. Telehealth is can include clinical health care, patient and professional ... Continue reading


Over one year later: continuing to respond to COVID-19 in Indian Country

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service

April 14, 2021
by Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service

Today, I provided testimony during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Health Systems One Year LaterExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . On the panel I was joined by the Honorable William Smith, National ... Continue reading


Reversing the course of the sexually transmitted infection epidemic

Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, National STD Program Lead and Senior Epidemiologist, Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, Indian Health Service

April 12, 2021
by Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, National STD Program Lead and Senior Epidemiologist, Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, Indian Health Service

STD Awareness Week Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , observed this year from April 11-17, provides an opportunity to bring awareness to the impacts of sexually transmitted infections. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  estimate that on any ... Continue reading


Virtually Observing World Autism Awareness Day

Nicole Larsen, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Division of Clinical and Community Services, Indian Health Service

April 2, 2021
by Nicole Larsen, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Division of Clinical and Community Services, Indian Health Service

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of autism spectrum disorder. The Indian Health Service is virtually hosting the third annual World Autism Awareness Day Interagency Roundtable, which allows us to come together and discuss the work, research, and resources ... Continue reading


Engaging Youth to Address Commercial Tobacco Use

Yaneidy Lora, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program, Indian Health Service

April 1, 2021
by Yaneidy Lora, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program is recognizing the Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action on April 1, which is dedicated to promoting a tobacco-free world and raising awareness about the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. On this day, youth are encouraged ... Continue reading