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At the Forefront of Public Health: The Cherokee Nation’s Hepatitis C Elimination Program and the Indian Health Service’s Hepatitis C Testing Program

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, which brings needed attention to two leading causes of liver disease and liver cancer: hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In the United States, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the highest incidence of HCV-associated deaths among all racial/ethnic populations….

Indian Health Service at the AIDS 2012 Conference

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As the Indian Health Service (IHS) prepares to participate in the AIDS 2012  conference later this week, I am reminded of both the mission of the Indian Health Service and the importance of collaboration with our partners within the HIV community. The IHS is fully committed to helping our nation move toward an AIDS- free…

Patient Benefits Coordinator Helps Tribal Members Enroll in Health Coverage

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Jody Guardipee, a Patient Benefits Coordinator at Blackfeet Community Hospital in northwest Montana, knows firsthand that educating tribal members about their health care choices is key to building healthy families and healthy communities. Jody talks to patients daily on the benefits of enrolling in Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Health…

IHS HIV Leadership — Changes & Resources

Lisa Neel - hedshot - March 2016

Today, we share some news from the Indian Health Service (IHS). This month, Lisa Neel, MPH, (Cherokee) has moved from her position as the lead voice of the IHS HIV/AIDS Programs to the Tribal Epidemiology Centers Program at IHS. In six-plus years at the IHS National HIV/AIDS Program, Lisa has strengthened the foundation of our…

IHS Announces Funding Opportunity to Promote HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care

IHS logo cropped for WP - April 2016

Funding awards will expand activities to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among American Indians and Alaska Natives The Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced a new HIV/AIDS prevention and care funding opportunity available to Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian organizations. The funding is intended to meet American Indian and Alaska Native community…

LGBT Health: Celebrating Our Progress and Looking Ahead

HHS Pride blog image - cropped HER size - June 2016

Summary: Here at HHS, our support for LGBT health and wellbeing has spanned across the department. If there is a single thread which ties together the incredible work done by each member of the Health and Human Services family, it is the belief that every American deserves the same opportunity to live a healthy, happy…

Strengthening Federal Efforts on PrEP and PEP

PREP pill with woman - cropped June 2016

Improving knowledge about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and access for those who need it most are national priorities. In order to promote and improve the dissemination of accurate information about PrEP, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) co-hosted a webinar on June 2, 2016 for Federal…

IHS Holds Teleconference Call to Address LGBT2S Health Issues

IHS logo cropped for WP - April 2016

WHAT: The Indian Health Service will hold a public teleconference call to seek broad input on efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the American Indian and Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit communities. This is the first of a series of public teleconferences that will take place this year. Themes…