indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Indian Health Service asks tribes about community health aides

Filed Under: Health | National
More on: alaska, alaska native, consultation, dental, ihs, mary smith
     
   

Dental health aide therapists in Alaska have been successfully providing services to rural Native villages since 2006. Photo from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium / Facebook

A program that has proven successful in Alaska is poised to become a nationwide model within the Indian Health Service.

The community health aide program was created to address the unique concerns of remote and rural Native villages in Alaska. The most prominent examples are the dental therapists who provide key services that would otherwise not be available to local residents.

The IHS is hoping to build on that success by expanding the community health aide program throughout Indian Country. Tribes are being asked for their views on a draft policy that could bring more services to their members.

"Community health aides are proven partners, and utilizing them to the fullest extent permissible in hospitals and clinics operated by the IHS and Tribes will increase the availability of health workers in American Indian and Alaska Native communities," Mary Smith, the acting director of the agency, wrote in a Dear Tribal Leader letter on Wednesday.

Dental care isn't the only area that could see a boost if the program goes national. Additional community health representatives and behavioral health aides could be trained and certified as part of the effort.

"Increasing the use of community health aides is part of IHS's ongoing work to provide quality health care to patients, who are our first priority," Smith said in a press release.

The IHS is requesting comments to be submitted by July 26. They can be emailed to consultation@ihs.gov with the subject line IHS Expansion of Community Health Aide Program Draft Policy Statement" or mailed to:
Alec Thundercloud, M.D.
Director, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane Mail Stop: 08N34-A
Rockville, MD 20857
ATTN: IHS Expansion of Community Health Aide Program Draft Policy Statement Consultation

Related Stories:
Dental group appears to relent on therapists in Indian Country (5/24)
Laurie Monnes Anderson: Oregon tribes take lead on dental care (04/19)
Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides (02/16)
Swinomish Tribe hires first dental aide therapist in Washington (01/04)
Mark Trahant: Sovereignty in action with dental health programs (07/08)
Native Youth: Bring dental therapy providers to Indian Country (03/26)
Michael Bird: Dental care comes up short for New Mexico tribes (03/09)
Mobile dental clinic takes service to Navajo Nation communities (02/25)
Study finds high rate of dental problems among Navajo children (07/09)
NNHA: Dental care arrives too late for many in Indian Country (06/27)
Mark Trahant: Improving oral health through tribal sovereignty (03/11) Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund (3/11)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (5/26)
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for Five Civilized Tribes (5/26)
Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump (5/26)
Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was false promise for Native Americans (5/26)
Adrian Jawort: Should non-Natives ever write about our people? (5/26)
Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (5/26)
Eastern Cherokee council ousts chief for only 2nd time in history (5/26)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe into election season with crowded field (5/26)
Lacrosse documentary 'Pride of a Nation' opens to strong reviews (5/26)
Seminole Tribe working hard to rid new casino of Trump's influence (5/26)
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (5/25)
Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians (5/25)
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (5/25)
Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump (5/25)
Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as buy-back winds down (5/25)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty (5/25)
Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (5/25)
Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (5/25)
Democrats drop Andrew Jackson from name of event in Arkansas (5/25)
Chickasaw Nation breaks ground on $10M casino by Texas border (5/25)
Washoe Tribe celebrates 1st anniversary of unique gaming facility (5/25)
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shares update on casino work (5/25)
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (5/24)
Northwest tribes slam Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (5/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (5/24)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports jury conviction of non-Indian offender (5/24)
YES! Magazine: Native birthing center maintains tribal traditions (5/24)
Peter d'Errico: Founding Fathers conspired to take land from tribes (5/24)
Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (5/24)
Another guilty plea in theft of gaming funds from Winnebago Tribe (5/24)
Tribes clear legislative hurdle in bid for new casino in Connecticut (5/24)
President Trump confirms Indian Country's worst fears with budget (5/23)
Office of Special Trustee pitches lower budget as 'taxpayer' savings (5/23)
Steven Newcomb: Monuments to white supremacy harm our people (5/23)
Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (5/23)
Native woman in skirt and sandals wins ultramarathon in Mexico (5/23)
Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (5/23)
Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project (5/23)
Mississippi Choctaw citizens request vote on $25M casino project (5/23)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must wait to restart work on casino (5/23)
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (5/22)
Landowners on 2 reservations in Nebraska receive buy-back offers (5/22)
Human Rights Complaint: 'We are only letting the white people in' (5/22)
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republicans (5/22)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.