Services and conditions at Indian Health Service facilities in the Great Plains area are “simply horrifying and unacceptable,” U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs said at a hearing last week. Based on a report by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), the IHS has continuously administered inadequate care that puts patients at risk. “They have led to multiple patient deaths,” Barasso said.
In this program, we’ll discuss the issues some of these IHS facilities are having and what solutions patients and communities leaders want. Are there issues at your local IHS that you would like to see addressed and fixed?
Find the Senate committee oversight hearing and the listening session here.
Dorothy Dupree (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes) – IHS Deputy Director for Quality Health Care
Jerilyn Church (Cheyenne River Sioux) – CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board
Stacy Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) – executive director of the National Indian Health Board
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