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Tribal Leader Letters

March 15, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders of a training session for the Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund (CHEF) Online Tool. [PDF - 94 KB]

March 12, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on short- and long-term options for meeting requirements of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, specifically at 25 U.S.C. § 5324(l), also referred to as "105(l)." [PDF - 191 KB]

February 27, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director announces the release of the Indian Health Service Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023.


The Principal Deputy Director notifies Arizona Tribal Leaders that comment submission deadline on the Tribal Consultation seeking comments and recommendations on the implication and feasibility of having the entire state of Arizona designated as a Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Area has been extended until May 15. 2019. [PDF - 190 KB]
The Principal Deputy Director writes to update Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on the plan for implementing the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Reporting Tool. [PDF - 189 KB]

February 6, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director updates Nashville Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Leaders on the selection of Dr. Beverly Cotton as Area Director. [PDF - 180 KB]

January 16, 2019

The IHS Principal Deputy Director and HRSA Administrator write to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the availability of $15 million to support loan repayment awards to fully-trained medical, nursing, and behavioral/mental health clinicians, and substance use disorder providers, who provide primary health services in Indian Health Service facilities, tribally-operated 638 health programs, and Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 93 KB]

December 20, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to update Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on the Indian Health Service Headquarters reorganization. [PDF - 94 KB]

December 11, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the mechanism to distribute behavioral health initiative funding. [PDF - 187 KB]

November 20, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Arizona Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on the Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) Program to perform a detailed analysis of PRC implications and identify the feasibility for the entire State of Arizona to be identified as a Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Area. [PDF - 202 KB]

November 19, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with an update on the Agency’s progress in certifying the suite of applications that comprise the Indian Health Service Resource and Patient Management System to meet certification criteria and standards specified in the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology published by the Office of the National Coordinator. [PDF – 104KB] [PDF - 104 KB]

October 29, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on recent developments related to Agency and Departmental initiatives to modernize health information technology infrastructure, applications, and capabilities in use throughout the Indian Health Service, Tribes, and Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 212 KB]

October 26, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to express the Indian Health Service’s (IHS) concern about sexual abuse of minors by a former IHS physician. [PDF - 107 KB]

October 4, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce a new automated tool for electronically submitting Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund requests. [PDF - 93 KB]

September 24, 2018

The Acting Director provides Tribal Leaders with a copy of the current IHS IT Service Catalog, which includes updated descriptions of the programs, services, functions, and activities carried out by the Headquarters Office of Information Technology and information on how Tribes can access OIT support services. [PDF - 98 KB]