Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Federal Indian Law and Policy

Indian Health

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Indian Health Service Mission: The IHS is an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services that operates a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.8 million of the nation's estimated 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and their descendants are eligible for services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS). Its annual appropriation is approximately $3 billion. The IHS strives for maximum tribal involvement in meeting the needs of its service population.

Examples of IHS tribal programs include:

  • The Special Diabetes Program For Indians: This program is intended to promote improved health care among American Indians and Alaska Natives through special diabetes prevention and treatment services.

  • The Intergenerational Approaches to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education With Women Across the Lifespan Pilot Program: The objectives of this program pertaining to Native American/American Indian, are for women and other female members of the family 12+ years old to: know their sero status; increase their knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention; gain competencies in cross-generational communications about health in general and sexual health specifically; and connect with a primary healthcare physician (and navigate other systems of care).

For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.ihs.gov/.

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