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Indian Health Service

Increasing Adult Immunization: Great Opportunities, Great Challenges

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Now is a perfect time to issue a wake-up call to health care professionals who treat adult patients. Adults are not just grown up children, and they need vaccines, too. So what needs to happen to change this picture?

Proposed Cuts Undermine Indian Health, Public Health and Scientific Research

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering a Fiscal Year 2014 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill which funds the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund at HHS.

Heart Disease and Diabetes Have Invaded Indian Country

Tim Giago | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

One day I was scheduled to go into surgery at the Rapid City Eye Institute for a detached retina and while I was on the gurney hooked up to monitors, ...

Changing Course on the Hyde Amendment

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld bans in public funding and insurance coverage of abortion in three separate cases. Since then, these decisions have left millions of women unable to access legal healthcare when they need it.

Indian Health Service Includes Licensed Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and Chiropractors in Loan Repayment Program

John Weeks | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A bit of integrative medicine history was made last month when the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) quietly announced that licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors would be included in 2012 in the IHS' student loan repayment programs.

Making Good to Native Americans

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Now more than ever, our government should uphold the federal trust responsibility and moral obligations to Native Americans.

Pregnant Sioux Women Face "Hell Rides" to the Hospital, Induced Labors -- and the ACLU Wants to Know Why

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephanie Woodard

Without a full range of on-reservation reproductive health care, the women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe remain vulnerable.

Measuring the Progress in Native Health - Life Expectancy for Native Americans

Mark Trahant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Trahant

Has the Indian Health Service been an effective, government-run delivery system? Consider this from a White House memo: "While there has been improve...

Expanding Native Americans' Access to Oral Health Through Innovation

Mark Trahant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Trahant

A philosophical question: How much medical training is needed to treat patients? Some say it's the full course as proscribed by existing medical, nurs...

Transparency as a Tool for Reform

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Trahant

Openness adds value to any healthcare organization. Transparency -- even reporting your own mistakes or poor execution -- is an essential strategy for building a stronger network.

Indian Country & Health Care Reform

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Trahant

Would it make sense for an American Indian or Alaskan Native entrepreneur to buy health insurance for her workers? There would be no requirement. The individual member would still be eligible for Indian Health Service.

Resolutions, Experiments for a New Year

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Mark Trahant

At the beginning of this new year I am experimenting, instead of resoluting. (I know, it's not a real word. But it just sounds right.) I'm interested in how technology can play a role in behavior change.

Obama To Native Americans: "You Will Not Be Forgotten"

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama assured American Indians on Thursday that they have a place in his White House and on his agenda, telling tr...

Beyond Health Care Reform: Write a Check for Indian Health

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Trahant

It's frustrating to watch the politicians who are quick to point out the weaknesses of the Indian Health Service even though they have never proposed adequate funding or the dreaded idea of rationing.

Misplaced Loyalties: Montana Native American Elected Leaders and Voters Silent in Health Care Debate

Melinda Gopher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melinda Gopher

Maybe it is time for Native Americans to step up and seriously re-think their allegiance to Max Baucus and further; to ponder 30 years of failed policies that have not made their communities better off.