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Tribal Self-Governance and Health

Posted on November 7, 2017

Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (TSGAC) brief provides information to Tribes on the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) gaining Medicaid coverage, by state.

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Posted on October 24, 2017

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IHS News

Posted on October 23, 2017
Dear Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leader:

On September 15, 2017, the Indian Health Service (IHS) initiated a Tribal Consultation and Urban Conference on the IHS Strategic Plan 2018-2022. I am writing to provide information on ways to submit written and in-person comments and update you on the formation and role of the IHS Strategic Planning Workgroup. There is also an opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the HHS Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

Do the IHS Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives reflect the direction and priorities you feel the IHS should pursue over the next 5 years? Read more here.

IHS Trainings

Check here for a listing of upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Trainings .

Upcoming Live Online Education

Wednesday, November 1
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PDT / 11am AKDT
Update on Immunizations for Adults with Diabetes
Amy Groom, MPH
IHS Immunization Program Manager/CDC Field Assignee 
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Tribal Self Governance News

Posted on October 23, 2017

Impacting Tribal Health Care: How Self-Governance Has Affected Capacity, Services, and Operation

Self-Governance Communication & Education is conducting a research project to look at the ways health care has changed since the time a Tribal facility was compacted and transitioned to Tribal Management.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather data regarding specific changes experienced by Tribal health care facilities. This data includes information such as health care provider vacancy and turnover rates, ways to address the health care needs and challenges within Tribal communities, the changes in services provided to patients, etc.

The information gathered from this questionnaire will be used collectively to highlight the success of Self-Governance Tribes in developing their health care systems. The full project report will be released in 2018 during the Annual Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference. All information collected will be completely anonymous in the final report and no specific Tribe or Tribal facility will be featured without expressed written consent from their leadership.

To download a full list of the survey questions, click here.

Please contact Jackie Eagle with any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you!

SGAC/TSGAC Meeting Docs available here for October 24-25, 2017.  Next meeting: January 23-25, 2018. Click here for more info.  Advisory Committee representatives confer, discuss, and reach consensus on specific self-governance issues and provide verbal and written advice about Self-Governance issues to the Indian Health Service and the Department of the Interior. As a result of active participation by members, the committee advances Self-Governance objectives by providing advice and input before final decisions on policy issues are made.  Anyone is welcome to participate in Committee meetings or contact their representative to review agenda topics and recent discussions.

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Restoring Accountability in Indian Health Services 2017-2018

Posted on October 23, 2017

Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (R-WY) introduced Restoring Accountability in Indian Health Services S.1250.  A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 2017: to improve the recruitment and retention of employees in the Indian Health Service, restore accountability in the Indian Health Service, improve health services, and for other purposes.


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