Essay on Indian Health Services

2437 Words May 11th, 2015 10 Pages
Indian Health Services Program
Western Governors University

* * * * The Indian Health Service (IHS) was established in 1955 as a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Service. IHS primary responsibilities include providing health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The goal of IHS is to raise the health status of the Indian population to the highest possible level while providing health services to Indians from 566 Tribes across the United States. The mission of IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. (“Agency Overview,” n.d.) * In order to support their mission in raising the health
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Public health accreditation was developed for the purpose of ensuring that local health departments meet certain standards. National public health department accreditation is much like the JCAHO standards in that it also measures performance and recognizes those departments that meet the standards. Like the JCAHO accreditation, PHAB accreditation provides a means for identifying and prioritizing improvement opportunities and monitors those improvement activities. (“Agency Overview,” n.d., p. 2) Some of the main focus areas that PHAB standards address are: to develop public health policies, enforcing public health laws, promoting strategies to improve access to health care services, inform and educate about public health issues and functions, and evaluate and continuously improve health department processes, programs and interventions. (“Agency Overview,” n.d., p. 3) The benefits of receiving accreditation through PHAB include using the accreditation assessment report as a tool to provide feedback to public health programs on their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the accreditation process encourages partnerships between public health practitioners and Tribal community members in promoting and enhancing public health services to ensure that the same level of high quality public

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