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Urban Leader Letters

October 28, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the Director, Billings Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 211 KB]

October 2, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer on the distribution of funding for the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians in fiscal year 2021. [PDF - 356 KB]

September 4, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer to seek input on the memorandum of understanding and related performance measures between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service. [PDF - 239 KB]

August 2, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders of a 60-day comment period to seek input on recommendations by the IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health based on the input gathered from the initial comment period that closed in August 2018 [PDF - 313 KB]

July 26, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the comment submission deadline for the Opioid Grant Program Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer has been extended until Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Notification is also provided about a Virtual/In-Person Opioid Grant Program Information Session on July 31, 2019, in conjunction with the 16th Annual Direct Service Tribes National meeting. [PDF - 287 KB]

July 3, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director updates Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on new appointments and updates to the Indian Health Service senior leadership team. [PDF - 237 KB]

June 21, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on developing an Indian Health Service Opioid Grant Program to distribute the fiscal year 2019 opioid funding. [PDF - 94 KB]

March 28, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the Agency’s decision on the distribution of the fiscal year 2019 Urban Indian Health program funding increase. [PDF - 141 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 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]

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


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]