As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
October is Health Literacy Month!
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to obtain, process, and understand information so they can make decisions about their health care. Seeking medical care, taking medications correctly, and following prescribed treatments requires the capacity to access and apply health information. Limited health literacy can lead to medication errors, increased health care costs, and decreased care for chronic health conditions.