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2016 Letters

December 27, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to highlight some of the major actions that have taken place over the past 10 months. [PDF - 124 KB]

November 23, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate a confer session regarding the draft Strategic Plan- Strategic Planning for Urban Indian Health Programs. [PDF - 98 KB]

November 16, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide the final 2016-2017 Quality Framework and Implementation Plan. [PDF - 683 KB]

November 15, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the deadline to provide comments on the Proposed Headquarters Realignment has been extended until January 13, 2017. [PDF - 836 KB]

October 14, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Leaders to notify them of an important leadership change at the Indian Health Service Headquarters in the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs. [PDF - 1 MB]

October 12, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide updates to an October 5 letter about a proposed realignment of IHS Headquarters. [PDF - 93 KB]

October 4, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Phoenix Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that on October 13, the Indian Health Service (IHS) will hold a Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer meeting at the Phoenix Area Office. [PDF - 49 KB]

September 16, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders in the Great Plains Area to inform them that the comment and confer period on the Organization and Structure of the Great Plains Area has been extended. [PDF - 97 KB]

September 15, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to inform them that the comment period for the Quality Framework has been extended. [PDF - 53 KB]

August 18, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders regarding a funding opportunity announcement for the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Office of Urban Indian Health Programs, Urban Indian Education and Research Organization Cooperative Agreement that was announced in the Federal Register on June 14, 2016 (Fed. Reg. 38714). [PDF - 35 KB]

August 15, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the Agency's decision to distribute remaining urban Indian health program budget fiscal year 2016 funds. [PDF - 152 KB]
The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders of a recent program decision to formally transfer the internal administration of the former National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse programs from the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs at the Indian Health Service. [PDF - 93 KB]

July 29, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update to the July 18 letter regarding the draft Circular that addresses the purchase of health care coverage, which is commonly referred to as Tribal Premium Sponsorship [PDF - 40 KB]

July 29, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to inform them that the period to comment on the Community Health Aide Program letter has been extended until October 27, 2016 [PDF - 25 KB]

July 22, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to update Urban Indian Organization Leaders on the Indian Health Service (IHS) Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and its fiscal year (FY) 2016 Community-Directed (C-D) grant application process. [PDF - 64 KB]

July 22, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce an opportunity for small businesses owners and operators in your communities, and individuals from your communities who are interested in starting their own businesses, to learn about pursuing contracting opportunities with the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. [PDF - 27 KB]

July 20, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes Urban Indian Organization Leaders to confer on a draft policy statement that proposes an expansion in the use of community health aides at Indian Health Service facilities across the country. [PDF - 603 KB]
The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate a 60-day Urban confer on a draft Quality Framework. [PDF - 653 KB]

July 18, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to request comments and recommendations on a draft Circular to address the purchase of health care coverage. [PDF - 39 KB]

June 29, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Tribal and Urban leaders of a tribally-requested date change for the first onsite Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Session on the organization and structure of the IHS Great Plains. [PDF - 2 MB]

June 10, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director invites Urban Indian Organization Leaders to attend the 13th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting and 6th Annual Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board Health Summit. [PDF - 2.4 MB]

June 9, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update to the April 1, 2016, letter requesting input on the Fiscal Year 2016 $10 million increase for Generation Indigenous Initiative Support, part of the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program. [PDF - 29 KB]

June 2, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Great Plains Area Urban Indian Organization Leaders about the June 3, 2016-dated Federal Register Notice for the opening of a 90-day comment period to request written comments by Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations located in the Great Plains Area on the structure of the IHS Great Plains Area. [PDF - 539 KB]

May 24, 2016

Principal Deputy Director writes Urban Indian Organization Leaders regarding Purchased/Referred Care rates [PDF - 26 KB]

April 29, 2016

The Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to confer on the distribution of the urban Indian health budget fiscal year 2016 increase. [PDF - 2 MB]

April 21, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Albuquerque Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that on April 18, the Indian Health Service (IHS) held a conference call with Tribes and Tribal Organizations to discuss and consult with you about the Senior Executive Service (SES) search process to fill vacant IHS Area Director positions. [PDF - 590 KB]

April 21, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Navajo Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that on April 18, the Indian Health Service (IHS) held a conference call with Tribes and Tribal Organizations to discuss and consult with you about the Senior Executive Service (SES) search process to fill vacant IHS Area Director positions. [PDF - 590 KB]

April 21, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Phoenix Area Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that on April 18, the Indian Health Service (IHS) held a conference call with Tribes and Tribal Organizations to discuss and consult with you about the Senior Executive Service (SES) search process to fill vacant IHS Area Director positions. [PDF - 615 KB]

April 1, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative has been renamed the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention program. She also requests input on several consultation topics. [PDF - 106 KB]

April 1, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative has been renamed the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention program.  She also requests input on several consultation topics.

[PDF - 126 KB]