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2022 Letters

November 25, 2022

The IHS Deputy Director shares guidance on the period of availability for COVID-19 supplemental funding provided in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. [PDF - 118 KB]

November 17, 2022

The IHS Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders and Tribal Leaders about virtual Confer and Consultation on the third draft of the 2023-2027 OUIHP Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan. [PDF - 258 KB]

November 1, 2022

The Director announces the appointment of the Acting Director for the Great Plains Area IHS. [PDF - 174 KB]

October 31, 2022

The Deputy Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Leaders that the IHS Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) Laboratory Accession Graphical User Interface package (BLGU) will be decommissioned, effective October 31, 2022. [PDF - 35 KB]

October 27, 2022

The Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Leaders about an Urban Confer on Indian Health Priorities. [PDF - 163 KB]

September 29, 2022

The IHS Director announces the appointment of the Acting Director of the Navajo Area IHS. [PDF - 137 KB]

September 29, 2022

Ms. Roselyn Tso, newly confirmed IHS Director, writes to acknowledge Tribal Leader and Urban Indian Organization Leader support and share immediate priorities. [PDF - 19 KB]

August 31, 2022

The Veterans Health Administration and the Indian Health Service write to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Draft Annual Operational Plan for the FY 2022 VHA-IHS Memorandum of Understanding [PDF - 350 KB]

August 26, 2022

The Acting Director announces decisions on the Fiscal Year 2023 Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians. [PDF - 188 KB]

August 17, 2022

The Acting Director announces the Indian Health Service fiscal year 2021 Urban Indian Health Budget Report. [PDF - 250 KB]

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]

April 4, 2022

The Acting Director updates Urban Indian Organization Leaders about a regulatory change that makes funds available to Urban Indian Organization contractors or grant recipients for facilities renovations, construction, or expansion, including leased facilities. [PDF - 172 KB]

March 24, 2022

The Acting Director announces funding decisions by the Indian Health Service to distribute $10 million to address Alzheimer's disease ($5 million) and "Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S." ($5 million). She also provides a summary of comments received during a series of Tribal Consultations and Urban Confers convened over the past year, which were held virtually during March, April, and May of 2021. [PDF - 276 KB]

March 9, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director provides Urban Indian Organization Leaders with a status update on the IHS Virtual Urban Confer on the Urban Indian Organization Infrastructure Study and provides next steps. [PDF - 360 KB]

February 22, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director invites Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to join us on Thursday, March 10, 2022, for a virtual Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on Health Information Technology (HIT) Modernization. [PDF - 134 KB]

January 14, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders about the Indian Health Service Urban Emergency Fund. [PDF - 67 KB]