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Recruitment and Retention

IHS Officer, Doctor, nurse, and staff conversing in a hospital

The backbone of any organization is its people. At the Indian Health Service (IHS), our health care practitioners embody our mission. By investing in dedicated, caring and knowledgeable health care professionals, we provide the highest standards of care to an appreciative and deserving patient population.

That investment begins with hiring the right candidates and preparing them with information about the facility, Tribes, communities and their patients before their first day. It also entails supporting them throughout their career with opportunities to contribute to the success of the team, participate in continuing medical education programs and provide paths to career advancement at every level. This site is designed for clinical directors, hiring managers, facility leadership and national-, Area- and local-level recruiters and features case studies, resources and practical advice on how to recruit, retain and support valued health professional staff. The materials linked here offer successful strategies from other Indian health leaders that worked to encourage communication and teamwork among staff, recognize and develop future facility leaders and empower their team to take ownership of the IHS mission.

The annual IHS Virtual Career Fair allows participants an opportunity to chat live and receive real-time answers to their career and Indian health program questions. The 2016 Virtual Career Fair dates: