As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
Division of Behavioral Health (DBH)
The Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) serves as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management and administration of behavioral health, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence prevention programs. Working in partnership with Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian health organizations, DBH coordinates national efforts to share knowledge and build capacity through the development and implementation of evidence/practice based and cultural-based practices in Indian Country. There are nine DBH websites.
Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP)
The Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) was established in 1979 in response to the emerging epidemic of type 2 diabetes in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. DDTP’s mission is to: 1) develop, document, and sustain clinical and public health efforts to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities nationwide; 2) coordinate the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grant program; 3) provide training, Standards of Care, clinical tools, and other resources on diabetes-related issues for clinicians, educators, and other health professionals; 4) conduct the annual Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit which measures key diabetes care elements at the local, Area, and national levels; and 5) provide annual estimates of diabetes prevalence in AI/AN people.
Division of Nursing Services (DNS)
The Division of Nursing Services (DNS) leads in developing and managing Clinical and public health Nursing Services, such as acute care, ambulatory care, Women’s Health, Public Health Nursing, Emergency Care Services and the HIV/AIDS Program. DNS aids in nursing recruitment and funding scholarships, as well as providing guidance with management information systems to benefit documentation and data collection by and for registered nurses, public health nurses and advanced practice registered nurse health care providers.
Division of Oral Health (DOH)
The Division of Oral Health (DOH) serves as the primary source of planning, development, coordination, and evaluation of dental health programs. They are responsible for Area Dental Program dental staff recruitment and personnel matters, and providing oral health services in AI/AN communities. DOH oversees field staff and provides clinical and technical support through surveys, clinical trials, and consultation on treatment cases, newsletter publications, and serving as a liaison to public and private institutions.
Improving Patient Care (IPC)
The IPC program promotes the learning and application of quality improvement concepts and methods. To improve quality of health care and provide greater access to care for American Indians and Alaska Natives, IPC promotes the implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care at IHS, Tribal, and Urban health facilities.
Risk Management (RM)
The Risk Management Program performs an essential federal function as it coordinates the processing of medical malpractice tort claims and National Practitioner Data Bank Reports for the Agency. Working in partnership with IHS and Tribal facilities, it determines how systems can be improved to prevent recurrences of identified problems.