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American Indian/Alaskan Native

Dear Tribal Leader Letter Regarding an Update to the Establishment of the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (PDF - 23 KB)

To help tribal organizations maximize the impact of key government programs, HRSA and the Indian Health Service (IHS) identified a number of priorities.

What are those priorities?

  • Increase Urban Indian Health participation in the Health Center Program.
  • Improve usage of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation to tribal populations
    • Shortage Designation Criteria:
      • Members of Indian tribes are automatically designated as population HPSAs.
      • Outpatient health programs or facilities operated by a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self-Determination Act, or by an urban Indian organization receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, are considered Federally Qualified Health Centers, and thus automatically designated HPSAs.
  • Support the workforce through health professions programs and the National Health Service Corps.
  • Enhance participation in the HRSA competitive grants process.
  • Provide greater technical assistance from HRSA regional offices.

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Date Last Reviewed:  January 2021