IHS Director Roselyn Tso visits Indian Country

The IHS Tso Director’s tour of Indian Country began at the Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit in Mashpee, MA.

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Indian Health Service (IHS) Director Roselyn Tso began visiting several sites across Indian Country to get a better perspective on national and regional issues affecting tribal members served by the Indian healthcare system.

“When I started as Director of IHS, I said I would strive to protect and enhance our relationships with tribal leaders, tribal governments and urban Indian health partners,” said said Director Tso. “We can best achieve this through a better understanding of tribal and urban Indian health care systems and their needs. This is why this tour is important to me as I better understand the needs and challenges across Indian Country. It’s my way of opening the door to better communication within the agency.

Tso plans to meet with employees at federal, tribal and city sites across the United States to thank them for their dedication to the people they serve and also visit healthcare facilities and communities closely. Tso began his tour by visiting the IHS Mashpee Wampanoag Service Unit in Massachusetts and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Clinic in Connecticut. His trip to the Northeast will be followed by site visits in Northern California, South Dakota, Oregon and Alaska. She plans to visit all areas served by IHS within 45 days.

IHS will use the information gathered from the tour to address challenges and build on progress to support best practices and innovative approaches in healthcare, strengthen management operations, improve communication and inform the leadership as he sets the agency’s priorities. Tso plans to visit more sites in the coming year.

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