Friday, October 18, 2019

IHS Awards $15 Million for Eight Tribal Health Facilities

By Native News Online Staff - October 18, 2019

Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee

Published October 18, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Indian Health Service has awarded funding totaling $15 million to eight tribes and tribal organizations as part of a competitive Small Ambulatory Program to fund construction, expansion or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities.

“Small ambulatory health care facilities are an important part of the Indian health system,” said Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, principal deputy director of the IHS. “The IHS Small Ambulatory Program is a way to help our tribal partners expand access to quality health care for American Indian and Alaska Native people.”

The following tribes and tribal organizations received funding:

Type of Project
Central Valley Indian Health
Prather, California
New Clinic
Shoshone-Bannock Tribe
Fort Hall, Idaho
New Clinic
Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
Arctic Village, Alaska
Replacement Clinic
Native Village of Kwinhagak (YKHC)
Quinhagak, Alaska
Replacement Clinic
Kickapoo Tribe
McLoud, Oklahoma
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Sac and Fox Nation
Stroud, Oklahoma
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Seattle, Washington
Expansion and Modernization

The IHS Office of Environmental Health and Engineering supports IHS and tribal communities by providing functional, well maintained health care facilities and staff housing, technical and financial assistance to tribes on safe water and wastewater systems, and a broad range of environmental health and injury prevention activities throughout Indian Country.The IHS Small Ambulatory Program supports tribes that are working to expand access to various outpatient services for patients. This includes offering new services, expanding existing services, and upgrading outdated facilities. Since the program began in 2001, more than 49 projects have been funded, totaling more than $74 million.

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