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Urban Leader Letters

March 27, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the availability of and distribution decisions for $134 million in new resources to respond to coronavirus in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. [PDF - 243 KB]

March 20, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director updates Urban Indian Organization Leaders on the Agency's determination that Urban Indian Organizations are not eligible to participate in the national Community Health Aide Program expansion. [PDF - 323 KB]

March 4, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for the current fiscal year and provide decisions regarding the next SDPI grant cycle. [PDF - 217 KB]

March 2, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with his decision on the funding mechanism to distribute Indian Health Service behavioral health initiative funding for the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program, the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, and the Zero Suicide Initiative. [PDF - 238 KB]

March 2, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the new Area Director for the Alaska Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 210 KB]

February 6, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the HHS Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) have begun to implement Commissioned Corps (Corps) participation in Emergency Support Function #8 activities related to the rapid spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and that the ASH has exercised his authority in Commissioned Corps Directive (CCD) 121.02 "Deployment and Readiness" to deploy Corps officers assigned to HHS Operating and Staff Divisions without supervisory or agency approval. [PDF - 317 KB]

January 27, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the transfer of programs from the former National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism programs from the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to the IHS Office of Urban Indian Health Programs has been completed. [PDF - 239 KB]
The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the IHS decision on the distribution of the fiscal year 2020 Urban Indian Health funding increase. [PDF - 223 KB]

January 22, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with his decision on the Indian Health Service proposal to reprogram fiscal year 2019 funds for lease cost agreements with Tribes and Tribal Organizations authorized under section 105 (l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. [PDF - 401 KB]

December 20, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the new Area Director for the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 216 KB]

December 17, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to heighten awareness about the availability of Indian Health Service Urban Emergency Fund and provide eligibility and submission requirements. [PDF - 425 KB]

December 2, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders about the upcoming deadline to file an application for a hardship exception for not having access to certified Health Information Technology. [PDF - 333 KB]

November 27, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on short-term continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020 that affect Tribal Health Programs with performance periods starting within the current continuing resolution period for October 1, 2019, through December 20, 2019. [PDF - 278 KB]

November 15, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share updates on recent developments associated with modernizing Agency Health Information Technology. [PDF - 226 KB]

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]