IHS Director contract up for renewal amidst constrained funding

Charles Grim’s appointment as Indian Health Service (IHS) Director is up for renewal. At a U.S. Senate Indian Affairs hearing today, lawmakers praised Grim’s record but said the IHS, the Bush Administration and Congress all have to do a lot more to improve the health of Native Americans. Lisa Murkowski, the new vice chair of the Indian Affairs panel, said none of what Grim has had to do since he started leading the IHS has been easy.

Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, D.C. (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)