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Urban Leader Letters

July 16, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer to seek input and recommendations on calculating an All-Inclusive Rate for Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs). [PDF - 247 KB]

July 15, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce an Urban Confer session to seek input on developing and implementing an infrastructure study on facilities operated by Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 272 KB]

July 14, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share information about a new incentive program available to eligible United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers assigned to Tribal and Urban Indian health programs. [PDF - 216 KB]

June 30, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to request assistance in identifying priority health professions for inclusion into categories eligible for the IHS Scholarship Program in academic year 2022-2023 and the IHS Loan Repayment Program in fiscal year 2022. [PDF - 173 KB]

June 22, 2021

UPDATED LETTER: The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for approximately $1.8 billion in resources appropriated to the Indian Health Service in the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021. [PDF - 261 KB]

May 26, 2021

The Acting Director invites Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to participate in Agency-sponsored Listening Sessions to share information and solicit input on next steps for our ongoing Indian Health Service Health Information Technology Modernization Project.

[PDF - 228 KB]

May 14, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to request your participation in an Electronic Health Record data call.

[PDF - 443 KB]

April 27, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer to seek input and recommendations to improve the Indian Health Service Policy on Conferring with Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 366 KB]

April 16, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce allocation decisions for approximately $4.3 billion in new resources appropriated to the IHS in the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021. [PDF - 267 KB]

April 1, 2021

The Acting Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the next steps in the Indian Health Service Health Information Technology Modernization initiative. [PDF - 194 KB]

March 31, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer on two Indian Health Service initiatives: (1) the use of $5 million from the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations that the IHS has allocated to address Alzheimer's disease; and (2) the use of $5 million in funding for Ending the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic: A Plan for America, which was allocated to support work toward the elimination of HIV and hepatitis C in Indian Country. [PDF - 207 KB]

March 26, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce an updated allocation of $95 million in telehealth funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. [PDF - 187 KB]

March 22, 2021

The Acting Director notifies Urban Indian Organization leaders that on January 3, 2021, Congress amended 25 U.S.C. § 5321(d) to extend Federal Tort Claims Act coverage to Urban Indian Organizations and their employees to the same extent and in the same manner as to Tribes and Tribal Organizations. [PDF - 221 KB]

March 8, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer to seek rapid input regarding the potential allocation of $6 billion currently under consideration by Congress as part of the Administration's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. [PDF - 249 KB]

February 5, 2021

The Acting Director notifies Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the Indian Health Service has extended the comment submission deadline until March 2, 2021, on the Urban Confer initiated to complement the joint Tribal Consultation seeking input on the draft revised memorandum of understanding between the Indian Health Service and Veterans Health Administration and provides information for an upcoming Virtual Listening Session scheduled for February 17, 2021. [PDF - 171 KB]