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March 2016 Blogs

Needs Assessment of the Urban Indian Health Program and the Communities It Serves

Sherriann Moore, Acting Director, Office of Urban Indian Health Program, Indian Health Service

March 31, 2016
by Sherriann Moore, Acting Director, Office of Urban Indian Health Program, Indian Health Service

I am pleased to inform that the Needs Assessment of the Urban Indian Health Program and the Communities it Serves Report to Congress (RTC) has been finalized.

The needs assessment of the Urban Indian Health Program (UIHP) provides estimates of the current health status and health care needs ... Continue reading


IHS, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation sign agreement for new health facility

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

March 30, 2016
by Gary J. Hartz, P.E., Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Indian Health Service

On March 29, the Indian Health Service and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov signed a Joint Venture Construction Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov agreement, enabling the construction and renovation of nearly 265,000 square feet of an ambulatory ... Continue reading


IHS Federal Staff Meets on Title I and Title V Activities

RADM Sandra Pattea, Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, Indian Health Service

March 29, 2016
by RADM Sandra Pattea, Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, Indian Health Service

Nearly 150 Indian Health Service (IHS) staff working in different areas of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) Title I and Title V activities, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) Title V Urban Indian health activities, gathered last week in Phoenix, Arizona ... Continue reading


March 20 is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Lisa Neel, IHS National HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator

March 18, 2016
by Lisa Neel, IHS National HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing and awareness in Native communities. March 20, 2016 marks the 10th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year's theme is "Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting Bold Voices of American Indians, ... Continue reading


Bemidji Area hosts alcohol and drug abuse prevention conference

Chris Poole, Bemidji Area Behavioral Health Consultant

March 16, 2016
by Chris Poole, Bemidji Area Behavioral Health Consultant

The Bemidji Area Indian Health Service partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Lac Du Flambeau Family Resources Department in presenting a three-day alcohol and drug abuse prevention conference last week.

The ... Continue reading


Office of Environmental Health & Engineering staff support Tribal communities and health facilities in response to drought

Beverly Miller, Director, California Area Indian Health Service

March 10, 2016
by Beverly Miller, Director, California Area Indian Health Service

The California Area Indian Health Service works to improve the health of California Indians, in part by providing quality environmental health, health facility and engineering services throughout California. IHS employs experts in sanitation, water supply, wastewater and solid waste disposal, health ... Continue reading


Proposed budget for 2017 for Indian Health Service expands quality care, behavioral health

Mary Smith, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service

March 9, 2016
by Mary Smith, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service

Today I provided testimony on the IHS budget to the United States Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and on Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

I have only been in my job as Principal Deputy Director for a little over a week. Although I have been at the agency ... Continue reading


Chapa-De focuses on patient-centered, compassionate care

Beverly Miller, California Area Director, Indian Health

March 8, 2016
by Beverly Miller, California Area Director, Indian Health

Recently a dental patient shared with me a pleasant story about the services he received at the Chapa-De Indian Health in Auburn, California, a non-profit community health center supported by the United Auburn Indian Community. Chapa-De also contracts with the Indian Health Service to provide no-cost ... Continue reading


Colorado River Service Unit Hosts Arizona's First Local Multi-Jurisdictional Emergency Preparedness Drill

Ms. Elizabeth (Betsy) Helsel, Chief Executive Officer, Colorado River Service Unit

March 7, 2016
by Ms. Elizabeth (Betsy) Helsel, Chief Executive Officer, Colorado River Service Unit

The Colorado River Service Unit hosted Arizona's first local level, multi-jurisdictional emergency preparedness drill in December. Nearly 20 federal, tribal, local and non-governmental agencies collectively worked to renew partnerships in reforming their community's emergency preparedness program. ... Continue reading


LCDR Van Lew: APhA Immunization Champion Award National Winner

CAPT Michael Weahkee, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

March 4, 2016
by CAPT Michael Weahkee, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected LCDR Holly Van Lew as the Immunization Champion Award National Winner. She was presented the award during the National APhA2016 Conference on March 6, 2016. LCDR Van Lew is a clinical pharmacist at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and the Director ... Continue reading


IHS and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs

CDR Mark Rives, D.Sc., Chief Information Officer

March 4, 2016
by CDR Mark Rives, D.Sc., Chief Information Officer

I have been receiving some questions from Tribal health facilities and Urban Indian Health Programs about the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov. These clarifications might be helpful to administrators and health care providers ... Continue reading


Engineer of the Year recognized

Rear Adm. Randall Gardner, P.E., Office of Environmental Health and Engineering

March 2, 2016
by Rear Adm. Randall Gardner, P.E., Office of Environmental Health and Engineering

Last week I proudly presented the Indian Health Service Engineer of the Year award to Cmdr. Alexander Dailey, P.E., assistant director of the Indian Health Service’s Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction program, during the United States Public Health Service Engineer Category Awards ... Continue reading