January 2018 Blogs
Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention
January 22, 2018
by Andria Apostolou, Ph.D., MPH
Each January we observe cervical cancer awareness month and reflect on a disease that affects over 12,000 women in the U.S. each year with approximately 4,000 associated deaths. Although the rate of cervical cancer in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women has decreased over time, AI/AN women ... Continue reading
IHS 2017 Year in Review
January 12, 2018
by Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Acting Director, Indian Health Service
When I took the helm of the Indian Health Service in June as the acting director, I was excited about the opportunity to lead an agency responsible for providing preventive, curative and community health care for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Leading this agency ... Continue reading
Navajo Wellness Model: Keeping the Cultural Teachings Alive to Improve Health
January 4, 2018
by Marie Nelson Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program Director, Navajo Area Indian Health Service
To increase health literacy, self-management, and cultural competency in health care and public health settings, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in partnership with Diné cultural experts, philosophers, and traditional healers, has developed the Navajo Wellness Model curriculum entitled ... Continue reading
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