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IHI's work with the Improving Patient Care initiative is completed.

 
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, renal disease, depression, and cancer have become increasingly prevalent in American Indian and Alaska Native communities and are placing growing demands on health care systems. Given the limited available resources, there is an urgent need for a strategic plan to address the treatment and prevention of chronic conditions in the Indian Health Service (IHS) health care system.
 
To address the health challenges and disparities facing Indian people today, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Indian Health Service launched a partnership in 2006 to support the planning and implementation of the Improving Patient Care program (formerly known as the Chronic Care Initiative).
 
The Improving Patient Care (IPC) program strives to implement strategies within the Indian Health System (federal, tribal, and urban health organizations) that support community and individual wellness and strength. By adapting an extended version of the Chronic Care Model, the IPC is working to improve the health status of patients and populations by reducing the prevalence and impact of multiple conditions (instead of care based on managing individual conditions). These improvements will be developed, tested, and packaged in such a manner that they can be spread throughout the Indian Health system.
 
 
For More Information  
Please address inquiries about the Improving Patient Care program to Candace Jones, Program Officer, Indian Health Service, at candace.jones@ihs.gov, or to Afiesha Balgobin, Project Manager, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, at abalgobin@ihi.org.
 
Related Information and Resources
Read the April 2009 article in the IHS Primary Care Provider monthly publication that describes the program's accomplishments.
 
Read about Quality Improvement in the Indian Health Service in the November 2008 issue of the Commonwealth Fund's Quality Matters.