2008 DHHS / Dept of Interior / Tribal Self-Governance Annual Conference Las Vegas, Nevada Breakout session on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 .. Panel on I/T/U recruitment and retention and IHS scholarships Phillip L. Smith, M.D., MPH Director, DPER Office of Public Health Support Indian health Service [email_address]
More than 560 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.
Indian Health Service provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.8 million of 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Its FY 2006 appropriation is approximately $3.1 billion. Inpatient: 60,645; Outpatient: 9,434,282; Dental: 954,570
Federal system – 33 hospitals, 53 health centers, 38 health stations, 34 urban Indian health projects serving 600,000 American Indians (direct, CHS)
Tribal system – 15 hospitals, 221 health centers, 97 health stations, 176 Alaska village clinics (contract, compact).
Indian Health Service clinical staff - 2,700 nurses, 950 physicians, 370 engineers, 500 pharmacists, 320 dentists, 150 sanitarians, and physician assistants, allied health professionals - nutritionists, health administrators, medical records administrators and other types of support staff all totally about 17,000 employees nationwide.
Provides financial assistance for AI/AN students to enroll in courses that will prepare them for acceptance into health professions schools. Courses may be either compensatory (required to improve science, mathematics, or other basic skills and knowledge) or pre-professional (required in order to qualify for admission into a health professions program).
Provides financial assistance for AI/AN students who are members of federally recognized tribes enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligation and payback requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding . Priority is given to Graduate Students and Junior and Senior level students unless otherwise specified.
BS Occupational Therapy ADN, BSN, CRNA, GER, NP, PED, PSY, WH Nurse Associate Optician MD and DO Medicine BS Degree Medical Technology Certificate Injury Prevention Specialist RHIT and RHIA Health Records Administration BS and Master’s Health Education BS and Master’s Health Care Administration DEGREE SUPPORTED PROFESSION
Associate Respiratory Therapist Master’s only Public Health Nutrition Master’s only (Direct Practice & Clinical Concentration) Social Work Diagnostic Radiology Tech first Ultrasonography MPH Only (with concentration in epidemiology only) Public Health DPM Podiatry MS and DPT Physical Therapy PAC Physician Assistant PharmD Pharmacy OD Optometry DEGREE SUPPORTED PROFESSION
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