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2017 Letters

November 13, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to share an update on Indian Health Service actions relating to the Indian Health Care Improvement Fund. [PDF - 150KB]

November 8, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide an update on a recent court ruling related to the eligibility of the Cherokee Freedman of the Cherokee Nation to receive health services from the Indian Health Service and/or tribally operated health programs authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. [PDF - 94 KB]

September 22, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide information on ways to submit written and in-person comments and provide updates on the formation and role of the IHS Strategic Planning Workgroup. [PDF - 138 KB]

September 15, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization leaders to initiate a Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Indian Health Service Strategic Plan. [PDF - 94 KB]

August 25, 2017

The Acting Director writes to notify Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service is accepting applications for the Small Ambulatory Program. [PDF - 92KB]

July 26, 2017

The Acting Director notifies Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that two listening sessions have been added to seek further input and recommendations on how best to modernize and improve our Resource and Patient Management System Electronic Health Record. [PDF - 149 KB]

July 21, 2017

The Acting Director provides Great Plains Area Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with a report on the 2016 Indian Health Service Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer related to the Organization and Structure of the Great Plains Area IHS. [PDF - 118 KB]

July 14, 2017

The Acting Director invites Tribal Leaders to attend the 14th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting on August 2-3, 2017, in Danvers, Massachusetts. [PDF - 468 KB]

June 28, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate a 45-day Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on a draft Indian Health Service Headquarters Information Technology Service Catalog. [PDF - 166 KB]

June 26, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce two listening sessions related to the Resource and Patient Management System Electronic Health Record. [PDF - 946 KB]
The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to encourage them to update the Facilities Engineering Deficiency System Database by September 1. [PDF - 761 KB]

June 23, 2017

The Acting Director writes to invite Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to attend the upcoming Indian Health Service Listening Session on Behavioral Health, being held during the 2017 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference. The Listening Session is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, August 15. [PDF - 245 KB]

May 10, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide updates on several important Indian Health Service behavioral health initiatives. [PDF - 142 KB]

May 2, 2017

The Acting Director updates Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on efforts by the Indian Health Service to combat the opioid epidemic facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities. [PDF - 118 KB]

April 26, 2017

The Acting Director notifies Tribal Leaders that the IHS has launched a series of five video training modules for Contract Support Costs to compliment the updated IHS CSC policy. [PDF - 496 KB]

March 28, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to address the perception that the IHS is returning a significant amount of unused money to the United States Treasury each year. [PDF - 842 KB]

March 8, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on systems enhancements related to the use of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances. [PDF - 106 KB]

February 10, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share an update on the status of the exemption of certain Indian Health Service positions from the Federal civilian hiring freeze as provided by the Office of Management and Budget's guidance memoranda. [PDF - 100 KB]

January 17, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to share an exciting update on work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. [PDF - 56 KB]

January 6, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce that the Indian Health Service (IHS) recently signed and Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authorizing the IHS to use the VA Veterans Health Administration's Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP). [PDF - 727 KB]

January 4, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide an update to the June 1, 2016, letter which initiated a Tribal Consultation on the Indian Health Service draft policy statement on creating a national IHS Community Health Aide Program.

[PDF - 102 KB]