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Urban Leader Letters

August 10, 2022

The Acting Director announces the appointment of the new Portland Area Director. [PDF - 102 KB]

August 5, 2022

The Acting Director announces the August 4, 2022, publication of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for commercial products to replace the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS). [PDF - 168 KB]

August 4, 2022

The Acting Director announces actions to elevate 12 IHS Service Unit Chief Executive Officer positions to the Senior Executive Service [PDF - 176 KB]

July 18, 2022

The Deputy Director invites you to participate in a 1-hour discussion about Health Information Technology modernization, conducted by The MITRE Corporation (MITRE) and Kaufmann & Associates, Inc. (KAI). [PDF - 76 KB]

July 11, 2022

The Acting Director provides an update on Agency actions to recruit and hire an Area Director for the Great Plains Area IHS. The IHS will be reaching out in the near future to Great Plains Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to invite your participation in structured interviews with qualified applicants. [PDF - 209 KB]

July 1, 2022

The Acting Director asks Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to identify priority health professions for inclusion into categories eligible for the IHS Scholarship Program in academic year 2023-2024 and the IHS Loan Repayment Program in FY 2023. [PDF - 172 KB]
The Acting Director initiates Urban Confer and Tribal Consultation to seek additional input and recommendations for revisions to the second draft of the 2022-2026 IHS Office of Urban Indian Health Programs Strategic Plan. [PDF - ]

June 30, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Urban Confer on exploring the formation of an Urban Interagency Workgroup with other Federal agencies. The virtual Confer will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The comment submission deadline is Monday, September 12, 2022. [PDF - 179 KB]

June 16, 2022

The Acting Director invites Urban Indian Organization Leaders to a follow-up virtual Urban Confer to seek your input and recommendations on how best to distribute an additional $800,696 in funding for the Urban Indian Infrastructure Study. The additional funding was made available by the March 15, 2022-enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. The virtual Confer will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The comment deadline is Tuesday, August 23, 2022. [PDF - 195 KB]

June 7, 2022

The Acting Director invites Urban Indian Organization Leaders to a virtual Urban Confer to seek your input and recommendations on establishing an All-Inclusive Rate for Urban Indian Organizations. The virtual Confer will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time. [PDF - 177 KB]

May 17, 2022

The Acting Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the Agency's distribution decision for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Urban Indian Health funding increase. The total FY 2022 funding increase available for distribution to the OUIHP and UIOs is $10 million dollars. [PDF - 68 KB]

May 10, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Urban Confer in response to President Biden's Executive Order 14053, "Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People." This Confer seeks your guidance and recommendations on Departmental policy directives to improve public safety, reduce risk, and expand services in Tribal communities to support victims, survivors, and families. The virtual Confer will convene on Friday, May 13, 2022. The deadline for receiving written comments on the Confer is Friday, June 10, 2022. [PDF - 362 KB]

April 27, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer to seek your input and recommendations on revisions to the new 2022-2026 Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP) Strategic Plan. [PDF - 196 KB]

April 15, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Urban Confer on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. [PDF - 287 KB]

April 14, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Urban Confer to seek your recommendations for improving Urban Indian Health Program policy, procedures, and effectiveness. A virtual Urban Confer will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The deadline for receiving written comments on the Confer is Monday, June 20, 2022. [PDF - 193 KB]