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What is the Indian Health Service?


The Indian Health Service, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides health services to federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. The agency focuses on school nutrition and exercise programs, education about diabetes and obesity, injury prevention, and treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse. With about 15,000 employees, IHS is the largest employer in Indian Country; its 2016 budget was about $6 billion.