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March 2018 Blogs

World Autism Awareness Day

Marcy Ronyak, Ph.D., LICSW, CDP, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral Health

March 30, 2018
by Marcy Ronyak, Ph.D., LICSW, CDP, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral Health

On April 2, 2018, in conjunction with the eleventh annual World Autism Awareness Day Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  the Indian Health Service is pleased to host the Autism Awareness Interagency Roundtable,a joint-agency event with partners across the agency and department. This is an exciting ... Continue reading


#IAmHHS: Nursing at the IHS Hospital Where She was Born

Candace Lee, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Care, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

March 27, 2018
by Candace Lee, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Care, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Candace Lee says that her job is not just about taking care of a patient, it’s about taking care of their family, and the whole community. ... Continue reading


New Leaders Welcomed to Great Plains Area Positions

James Driving Hawk, Acting Great Plains Area Director

March 22, 2018
by James Driving Hawk, Acting Great Plains Area Director

The Indian Health Service Great Plains Area is pleased to announce several new leaders at the Area Office and service units. Congratulations to these outstanding professionals on their new positions. They possess a wealth of knowledge and experience, and they have all demonstrated dedication to public ... Continue reading


IHS Efforts to Decrease ESRD Incidence Focuses on Routine Diabetes Care

Andrew Narva, M.D.

March 20, 2018
by Andrew Narva, M.D.

March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease. Our kidneys are not very large, about the size of a fist, but they do a lot of work. They’re important because they prevent the buildup of wastes and other fluid in the body; ... Continue reading


IHS Efforts on Opioid Crisis Highlighted During Senate Committee Hearing

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D.

March 14, 2018
by Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D.

Earlier today, I provided testimony during the Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on "Opioids in Indian Country: Beyond the Crisis to Healing the Community". I appreciated the opportunity to provide the Committee information on the work that the Indian Health Service has ... Continue reading