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Great Plains Quality Innovation Network has the privilege of continuing to support 5 Indian Health Services (IHS) facilities in the Dakotas through the Partnership to Advance Tribal Health (PATH). The PATH project began in the Fall of 2016 and through a recent CMS award, will continue through 2024. The goal is to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native persons.

PATH Project Focus Areas


The chart provides a picture of the focus areas of the PATH award. This work will align with the national goals of the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program. Partnering IHS facilities will benefit from participation in Coalition-led work of Great Plains QIN as well as PATH project initiatives.


This task order aligns with and supports IHS strategic priorities and goals and coordinates with the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s mission to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. These efforts will provide hospitals and area offices with local and national assistance to strengthen hospital infrastructure, address national health crises and support front-line staff, using patient-centered approaches.

Natasha Green

“I’m really excited about working with the hard working and dedicated teams within the Great Plains Area and seeing the amazing transformations occur over the next four years. We are so fortunate to have such a strong PATH team which brings many great skill sets to offer technical assistance to the facilities,” stated Natasha Green [pictured], Great Plains QIN Regional Project Lead.


We want to recognize and extend our appreciation to our partner IHS Facilities, including Cheyenne River Eagle Butte, Pine Ridge Service Unit, Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Healthcare Facility, Rosebud Service Unit, Rapid City Service Unit, and Standing Rock Service Unit.

The PATH initiative is funded by the Center for Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comagine Health was awarded the 4-year contract and Great Plains QIN subcontracts with Comagine on this important work.  To read more about past successes of this project, please review this July 2020 news post