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OCPS Mission

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS)

  1. Serves as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, budget development and allocation for clinical, preventive, and public health programs for the IHS, Area Offices, and Service Units
  2. Provides leadership in articulating the clinical, preventive, and public health needs of AI/AN, including consultation and technical support to clinical and public health programs
  3. Develops, manages, and administers program functions that include, but are not limited to, alcohol and substance abuse, behavioral health, chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, dental services, medical services, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, domestic violence, pharmacy and pharmaceutical acquisition, community health representatives, emergency medical services, health records, disabilities, Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, maternal health, child health, clinical nursing, public health nursing, women’s health, nutrition and dietetics, and elder care
  4. Investigates service delivery and community prevention evidence-based and best practice models for dissemination to community service locations
  5. Expands the availability of resources available for AI/AN health by working with public and private entities as well as Federal agencies within and outside the HHS
  6. Coordinates development of staffing requirements for new or replacement health care facilities and approves Congressional budget requests for staffing, in collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering
  7. Provides program oversight and direction for the facilities planning and construction process
  8. Develops and coordinates various Health Initiative and Nursing grant programs
  9. Provides the national focus for recruitment and retention of health professionals and coordinates with the scholarship and loan repayment programs
  10. Works with the Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) program on RPC denial appeals to the IHS Director and in determining PRC medical priorities
  11. Manages the clinical (medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental) features of medical tort claims against the IHS
  12. Works with the Office of Management Services in managing the clinical aspects of the IHS workman’s compensation claims
  13. Oversees IHS efforts in a variety of quality assurance and improvement activities, including patient safety
  14. Monitors approximately one-half of the IHS’s Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) indicators, overseeing indicator development, data collection, and reporting results, and
  15. Participates in cross-cutting issues and processes including, but not limited to emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation, self-determination issues, border health initiatives, Tribal delegation meetings, Tribal shares computations and resolution of audit findings as may be needed and appropriate