As discussed in previous blogs, the IHS is responsible for providing care to AI/AN individuals. However, there are systems in place to allow for Tribal sovereignty when providing healthcare.
In the previous post of this series, we briefly described the IHS’s authority for healthcare delivery and gave an overview of its provision of healthcare to American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN). In this post, we explore how poor funding of the IHS has proved to be a barrier to care.
In the previous post of this series, we briefly described the history of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the legislative foundations of its authority. This post explores the IHS’s authority for healthcare delivery and is an overview of its provision of healthcare to American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).
If you are engaged in rural the provision of health, you have probably come across the Indian Health Service (IHS) and may be interested in learning about its history and its capacity to deliver healthcare to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in America. This post is the first in a series that will explore this topic, starting off with its historical foundations.
Image 1: The Rosebud Indian Health Services hospital holds a weekly COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic in South Dakota (OPB) With the rollout of approved COVID-19 vaccines, there is hope that herd immunity can put the country on track to establishing pre-pandemic...