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June 2017 Blogs

Getting Tested for HIV is the Key for Early Awareness and Treatment

Rick Haverkate, National HIV/AIDS Program Director, Indian Health Service

June 26, 2017
by Rick Haverkate, National HIV/AIDS Program Director, Indian Health Service

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov estimates that there were 3,700 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) living with HIV in 2011. Of these, an estimated 19% percent had not been diagnosed. That means in 2011 there were nearly 700 AI/AN people ... Continue reading


IHS and Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Expand Services to Native Youth

Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

June 22, 2017
by Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Native Services Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to enrich the lives of Native youth.

The agreement supports programs that discourage risky behaviors while ... Continue reading


IHS Explores Behavioral Health Aide Program Success in Anchorage

Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

June 21, 2017
by Minette C. Wilson, Public Health Advisor, Indian Health Service

During May, I had the distinct privilege of traveling to Anchorage, Alaska to visit with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to meet with their Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Program in preparation for the expansion of the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) in the lower 48. Accompanying ... Continue reading


Quality and Colleagues in Indian Health

RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

June 16, 2017
by RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Swallow (Oglala Lakota), originally from Porcupine, SD, has worked for IHS for 11 years. Lt. Cmdr. Swallow currently serves as the Quality Management Director for the Whiteriver Service Unit in Arizona, and attended Creighton University to become a physical therapist.

Lt. Cmdr. ... Continue reading


June is National Safety Month

LT Kristin Allmaras , Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

June 16, 2017
by LT Kristin Allmaras , Pharmacist, Alaska Native Medical Center

During the month of June we observe National Safety Month Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov to focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death. The theme this year is “Keep Each Other Safe”.  Part of keeping each other safe includes educating our co-workers, patients, ... Continue reading


Fiscal Year 2017 Tribal Self-Governance Cooperative Agreements available for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

Anna Johnson, Program Analyst, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, Indian Health Service

June 8, 2017
by Anna Johnson, Program Analyst, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements administered by the Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG). Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) provides ... Continue reading


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tribal Management Grants Available for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

Roselyn Tso, Acting Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes, Indian Health Service

June 8, 2017
by Roselyn Tso, Acting Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes, Indian Health Service

UPDATE: The Indian Health Service extended the application deadline to Friday, June 30 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov for the Tribal Management Grant Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov, a competitive grant for federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations that is administered ... Continue reading


Men's Health Month: Routine Exams are Critical

RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

June 6, 2017
by RADM Ty Reidhead, Area Director, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Christopher Myron, a 32-year-old member of the Hopi Tribe, loves hiking, hunting, fishing, and attending sporting events. In seemingly good health, Chris had not received routine care since sports physicals were required in high school.

Last summer at a waterpark, Chris noticed a small cut on ... Continue reading


IHS Opens New Optometry Clinic in Albuquerque

CDR John E. Rael, Chief Executive Officer, Albuquerque Indian Health Center

June 5, 2017
by CDR John E. Rael, Chief Executive Officer, Albuquerque Indian Health Center

I am so pleased to share with you that on Thursday, May 18, Albuquerque Indian Health Center inaugurated a new optometry clinic. The optometry clinic checks vision, diagnoses eye diseases, and dispenses glasses. We welcomed staff and family to a small opening ceremony to celebrate this important ... Continue reading