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August 2017 Blogs

International Overdose Awareness Day

Lt. Kristin Allmaras, Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

August 30, 2017
by Lt. Kristin Allmaras, Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

International Overdose Awareness Day Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is held on August 31 of each year. It is a global event focused on raising awareness about prescription opioid overdose risk, providing information on available community services and preventing drug-related harm. This year’s ... Continue reading


Trauma Informed Care Provides Healing

Chris Fore, Ph.D., Director, IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence, Indian Health Service

August 25, 2017
by Chris Fore, Ph.D., Director, IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence, Indian Health Service

Many American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities experience, cope with, and recover from the effects of trauma on almost a daily basis. The data tells us that AI/ANs have the highest rates of trauma in the United States. From suicide, accidents, unintentional overdoses, substance use, health ... Continue reading


IHS Announces Selectees for the 2017 American Indian and Alaska Native Zero Suicide Academy®

LCDR Sean Bennett, LCSW, USPHS, Public Health Advisor and National Lead for Zero Suicide, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service

August 18, 2017
by LCDR Sean Bennett, LCSW, USPHS, Public Health Advisor and National Lead for Zero Suicide, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service

The Zero Suicide Academy® is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into ... Continue reading


VA-IHS Partnership Values Voice of Native Veterans

Deanna Dick, Acting CEO, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

August 16, 2017
by Deanna Dick, Acting CEO, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

On Wednesday, July 12, the Phoenix Indian Medical Center hosted a site visit and tour for local, regional, and national Veterans Affairs (VA) representatives. This visit reflects the ongoing relationship building between the Indian Health Service and VA. Both agencies shared information and identified opportunities to better partner to continue providing the best care possible for our American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans.

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A Patient’s Perspective on Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Indian Health System

Chris Mandregan, Director, Alaska Area, Indian Health Service

August 15, 2017
by Chris Mandregan, Director, Alaska Area, Indian Health Service

American Indians and Alaska Natives are uniquely vulnerable to colorectal cancer. That’s why, in Alaska, Alaska Native patients are now recommended at age 40 to get their first colonoscopy, an examination of the gut for suspicious growths. Across the Indian health system, both in federal government ... Continue reading


Promoting Health Through Breastfeeding

CAPT Suzanne England, Maternal Child Health Consultant, Great Plains Area, Indian Health Service

August 4, 2017
by CAPT Suzanne England, Maternal Child Health Consultant, Great Plains Area, Indian Health Service

During the month of August, IHS is observing National Breastfeeding Month Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov to bring attention to one of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant.

Breastfeeding Recommendation

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Amy Groom, Immunization Program Manager, Indian Health Service

August 4, 2017
by Amy Groom, Immunization Program Manager, Indian Health Service

Immunization plays an important role in keeping you, your family, and your community healthy. Vaccination helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most likely to suffer serious complications, such as infants and young children, elders, and those with chronic illness or weakened ... Continue reading


Maori Visitors Tour Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Deanna Dick, Acting CEO, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

August 2, 2017
by Deanna Dick, Acting CEO, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Maori health strategy managers recently visited the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) in Arizona as part of an annual study tour to build relationships and gain firsthand knowledge about other Indigenous health care structures. Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.

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Crow Service Unit Implements New Scheduling Practice

Andrew Delgado, Director of Field Operations, Billings Area Indian Health Service

August 1, 2017
by Andrew Delgado, Director of Field Operations, Billings Area Indian Health Service

In an effort to improve access to quality care for our patients, the Crow Service Unit in Montana has implemented a new scheduling practice for their health care facilities. The goal is to take care of the needs of the patients on the day they arrive to the health center. Staff anticipates the new ... Continue reading