Urban Indian Health News

SNAHC Receives Award to Grow Child Abuse Treatment Among Native American/Alaskan Native Youth

On September 13th, Sacramento Native American Health Center received a $225,000 grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to enhance the treatment of Native American/Alaska Native (AIAN) child victims of abuse. SNAHC will provide comprehensive services to minors who are or have been victims of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, neglect, domestic violence, […]

Fresno American Indian Health Project Awarded Native Connections Grant

The Fresno American Indian Health Project (FAIHP) has been awarded a grant of $1 million over the next five years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Native Connections project a cooperative agreement for tribal behavioral health services. As a member of CCUIH, we are excited to see FAIHP’s capacity […]

AIHS Receives NCQA Accreditation Level III

In May 2017, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that American Indian Health and Services (AIHS) has received NCQA Patient-Centered Home Level III Recognition. As a member of CCUIH, we are proud of AIHS for receiving this recognition of their commitment to evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, […]

CCUIH Board President Testifies at House Committee on Appropriations

On May 16th, CCUIH Board President Sonya Tetnowksi, CEO of IHCSCV testified during the Committee of Appropriations AIAN Public Witness Hearing.  She underscored the vital role California Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) play in the Indian Health Service health care delivery system. We thank Sonya for her leadership and representing the UIHP American Indian patient population. An […]

Join us for the California Urban Indian Health Conference

The Annual California Urban Indian Health Conference will be held on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th at the Hyatt Regency (Capitol View Room), Sacramento. CCUIH will host a dinner reception on Friday night. Pre Conference Event: Urban Indian Health Day at the Capitol, Thursday, June 22nd. Hotel Room Block Reservations Reservations at the Hyatt for June 21-24 […]

NAHC receives Accreditation from AAAHC

On April 18th, 2017, Native American Health Center (NAHC) announced its awarding of accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this community health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. As a member of the […]

CCUIH Announces Sacramento Office Expansion

About the Sacramento Office: CCUIH is excited to announce the opening of a satellite office in Sacramento, California. In January 2017, CCUIH brought Virginia Hedrick as the Director of Policy and Planning. Virginia Hedrick is a member of the Yurok Tribe and has over a decade of experience in tribal public health and policy. Having […]

Featured Intern: Sean Smith, Behavior Health Integration

This week we feature Sean Smith, who serves CCUIH in multiple capacities. As a Behavioral Health Integration Intern, Sean has been valuable in providing clinical prospectives to the behavioral health integration advocacy we engage in on behalf of Urban Indian health organizations. And given his background in providing clinical support as a social worker, he has provided useful […]

IHS and California Tribes Open New Youth Regional Treatment Center

The Indian Health Service/California Area office (IHS/CAO) and the 104 federally-recognized tribes of California will hold a grand opening of the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center (Desert Sage), located at 39990 Faure Road in Hemet, on March 1, 2017. A traditional dedication will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 AM and the grand opening ceremony […]

NAHC Celebrates Grand Opening of New Health Center

Native American Health Center (NAHC) has announced their plans for a celebration of their new facility expansion on Thursday, February 2nd. The three-story building, a newly renovated furniture store, represents not only a physical expansion of NAHC’s capacity to deliver care to its community members, but an expansion of their institutional commitment to Oakland as well. […]

Red Women Rising Best Practices Guide

The Red Women Rising Best Practices Guide aims to improve services for survivors of domestic violence at Urban Indian Health organizations. This Guide was developed by the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH), and funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation. It was informed by the partnership between Sacramento Native American Health Center […]

IHCSCV Celebrates Grand Opening of Renovated Silver Creek Clinic

The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley has announced the completion of the renovations to its Silver Creek Clinic, which serves as a medical clinic that also offers Women Infants and Children (WIC) program services. The Silver Creek Clinic represents one of IHCSCV’s four clinical locations that serve the Santa Clara Valley region IHCSCV is […]

SNAHC receives Accreditation from AAAHC

On August 20th, 2016, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) awarded Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) with its accreditation. SNAHC also received Patient Centered Health Home (PCHH) Certification in addition to their accreditation. Accreditation distinguishes this community health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as […]

Red Women Rising: California Domestic Violence Bills

CCUIH’s Red Women Rising project supports culturally responsive domestic violence services for Urban Indians in California. As a policy organization, we also track California bills that relate to systems that protect victims and survivors of domestic violence. There are significant gaps in care for American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence, so it is […]

Watch Traditions of Health Prezi Presentations Here

The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health’s Traditions of Health project aims to improve the integration of behavioral health and primary care for Urban Indians by advancing the cultural revitalization efforts of Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHO) in California. This project convened key stakeholders to advance policy reform and sustainability planning, and worked to develop culturally […]

Featured Intern: Montana Weekes, Social Marketing

This week we feature Montana Weekes, who is CCUIH’s Social Marketing Intern. Montana coordinates CCUIH’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and has been integral in launching the Red Women Rising campaign to bring more awareness to domestic violence issues faced by Urban Indian women. In the next few months, Montana will work to enhance our social […]

2016 California Providers’ Best Practices Conference

CCUIH encourages our members clinics’ staff to attend the California Providers’ Best Practices & GPRA Measures Continuing Medical Education Conference, scheduled for May 9-11. There will be sessions on current best practices, new research to prevent and treat disease and illnesses, documentation of healthcare, and using health information technology tools such as the electronic health record and its […]

Red Women Rising: Domestic Violence Awareness

  Join the Red Women Rising movement to help raise awareness of Urban Indian domestic violence issues.   CCUIH’s Red Women Rising project supports culturally responsive domestic violence services for Urban Indians by increasing public awareness and enhancing collaborations between Urban Indian health organizations, domestic violence service providers and traditional healers. The Red Women Rising […]

Red Women Rising

  Join the Red Women Rising movement to help raise awareness of Urban Indian domestic violence issues.   CCUIH’s Red Women Rising project supports culturally responsive domestic violence services for Urban Indians by increasing public awareness and enhancing collaborations between Urban Indian health organizations, domestic violence service providers and traditional healers. This webpage houses all of […]

CCUIH Domestic Violence Resource Guide

CCUIH Domestic Violence Resource Guide This resource guide will provide a list of domestic violence service providers available throughout the state, focusing on CCUIH members’ service areas: SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Central Valley, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Some of these resources are provide direct services for survivors of domestic violence and others are […]

Featured Intern: Mariana Lopez

This week we feature Mariana Lopez, who serves CCUIH in two capacities, as a Policy and Legislative Intern and a Data Support Intern. As one of our two Data Support Interns, she supports the GONA Research Project, which is a cross-site evaluation of Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) youth activities that are facilitated by our member […]

Update on SNAHC’s Expansion (Sacramento Business Journal)

View below to read the update on Sacramento Native American Health Center’s expansion, which will increase their number of medical exam rooms to 17 and number of dental chairs to 13 — and also will include an optometry clinic. These changes will allow the health center to serve 18,000 to 20,000 patients, up from 8,000 now. […]

New Law Strengthens Indian Self Determination for Tribes in California

The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health congratulates the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) and California tribes for their win on AB 941 this week. See CRIHB’s press release below: Sacramento, CA — On Monday, October 5, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 941 (Wood), a bill that will streamline facility licensing for tribal health […]

CCUIH’s Traditions of Health Project: Culturally Relevant Integration

  The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health’s (CCUIH) Traditions of Health project aims to improve the integration of behavioral health and primary care for Urban Indians by advancing the cultural revitalization efforts of Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHO) in California. This project convened key stakeholders to advance policy reform and sustainability planning, and worked […]

Grand Opening for NAHC’s new School-Based Site

Native American Health Center (NAHC), CCUIH member clinic serving the San Francisco Bay Area, will host the Grand Opening of their new school-based site –The San Leandro Health & Wellness Center. The Grand Opening will be held on Spetember 14, 2015 from 1 – 2:30 pm at 2251 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro. The San Leandro Health […]

Featured Intern: Shaina Forsman

This week we feature CCUIH’s summer Policy and Legislation Intern, Shaina Forsman. In this position, Shaina supports the CCUIH team by updating the California Legislative Tracker, and some research activities for the Traditions of Health project. Read her bio below: Hello! My name is Shaina Forsman. I am currently entering my senior year at UC Davis studying […]

Red Women Rising: Digital Stories

CCUIH’s Red Women Rising project, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, supports culturally responsive domestic violence services for Urban Indians by increasing public awareness and enhancing collaborations between UIHOs, Domestic Violence service providers and Traditional Healers. As part of Red Women Rising’s objective to increase public awareness,  CCUIH facilitated a digital storytelling workshop to empower […]

Featured Intern: Kristin Rose Costa

This week we feature Kristin Rose Costa, our Communications and Operations Intern. In this position, Kristin supports the CCUIH team through communications activities, planning for our Annual Conference, and other program support. Read her bio below: Hello! My name is Kristin Rose Costa, and I am the Communications and Operations Intern at CCUIH. I am a recent […]

NAHC Announces New Chief Medical Officer

  CCUIH member, Native American Health Center, is excited to introduce their new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Marquis (Ohlone, Navajo, Chumash). Dr. Marquis holds a medical degree (Doctor of Medicine) from Albany Medical College and an MA in Molecular and Microbiology from San Jose State. As CMO, he represents NAHC’s clinical departments on an […]

AIH&S and SDAIHC receive HHS New Access Point Awards

Two members of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, American Indian Health & Services and San Diego American Indian Health Center, are new recipients of the Health & Human Services’ New Access Point Awards. The purpose of the Health Center Program New Access Point (NAP) funding opportunity is to improve the health of underserved […]

Senators Udall and Tester Introduce Sequestration Exemption Bill for Indian Programs

On June 4, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced legislation to exempt the Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other Indian programs from the mandatory sequestration expected for the FY-2016 fiscal year. “Across-the-board budget cuts presented a major setback for Indian Country, forcing cuts to vital programs that New […]

NAHC Wins Bid as Lead Health Provider for San Leandro Health & Wellness Center

Native American Health Center (NAHC), CCUIH member clinic serving the San Francisco Bay Area, has won a bid to serve as the lead health provider at a new, cutting edge facility –The San Leandro Health & Wellness Center. NAHC’s School-Based Health Center staff and leadership team as well as senior management made a successful presentation to […]

Join CCUIH at the Alliance for Girls’ 3rd Annual Conference

Join the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health at Alliance for Girls’ 3rd Annual Conference: Building A Girls Agenda, Raising Our Voices to Change Girls’ Lives in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 20th from 9 am – 4 pm, followed by a reception. Alliance for Girls is an alliance of 81 members working with more than 216,000 girls across the Bay Area. CCUIH […]

Featured Intern: Jennifer Smith

This week we feature Jennifer Smith, one of two phenomenal Data Support Interns for the GONA Research Project. The GONA Research Project, lead by One Fire Associates, is a cross-site evaluation of Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) youth activities that are facilitated by our member clinics. Read her bio below: It’s been an honor to […]

Congressman Valadao introduces IHS Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2015

Today Congressman Valadao introduced H.R. 1842 The Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2015, which amends the tax code to provide healthcare professionals who receive student loan repayments from the Indian Health Service the same tax free status enjoyed by the National Health Service Corps. H.R. 1842 would help recruit and retain health […]

Senate passes a two year renewal for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed a two (2) year renewal for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The renewal was contained in a larger bill called: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 2). CCUIH is grateful to the National Indian Health Board for the work that they continue […]

Britta Guerrero recognized in Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business”

The “Women Who Mean Business” program through the Sacramento Business Journal, recognizes Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer of  Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc (SNAHC) and Vice-Chair of CCUIH. The Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business program honors women prominent in a variety of private industries, government positions and community organizations, for their professional achievements, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, […]

Featured Intern: Carolyn Kraus

This week we feature Carolyn Kraus, our Data Analyst Intern for the GONA Research Project. The GONA Research Project, lead by One Fire Associates, is a cross-site evaluation of Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) youth activities that are facilitated by our member clinics. Carolyn is completing a longitudinal analysis on the effectiveness of the GONA. The […]

Featured Intern: Karen Baw Vang

This week we feature Karen Baw Vang, our Research Assistant Intern for the Traditions of Health Project. CCUIH’s Traditions of Health Project advances the cultural revitalization efforts of our Urban Indian Health Organizations through policy reform and sustainability planning for American Indian Traditional and cultural practices. Karen’s  academic background and drive is invaluable to this project, which she […]

Featured Intern: Sarah Biscarra-Dilley

CCUIH currently works with six outstanding interns on projects ranging from legislative tracking to art & design. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring each of our interns on our website. This week we feature Sarah Biscarra-Dilley. Sarah has been working with CCUIH since late 2013, as our Design Intern. Her tremendous contributions to CCUIH’s […]

Featured Intern: Amanda Whitecrane, Policy and Legislation Intern

CCUIH currently works with six outstanding interns on projects ranging from legislative tracking to art & design. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring each of our interns on our website. The first is Amanda Whitecrane, our Policy and Legislation Intern, who we can thank for her diligent work on the California Legislation Tracker. Amanda is also helping […]

Updated: American Indian and Alaska Native Tax Penalty Exemption

As you know, individuals must have health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as the “shared responsibility payment.” American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) may qualify for an exemption to this tax penalty. Qualified AIAN individuals are members of federally recognized tribes (including Alaska Native shareholders) and/or AIAN individuals who are eligible to receive services from […]

Congressman Young introduces H.R. 395: Advance Appropriations for IHS

On Wednesday, January 14, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 395 which would provide for Advance Appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Tribes and Urban Indian health organizations have been supporting this change in the way IHS is funded in order to achieve better stability in how our health care is funded. The Indian […]

CEO of Sacramento Native American Health Center Joins CPCA Board

CCUIH is pleased to announce that Britta Guerrero, CEO of Sacramento Native American Health Center, has accepted a seat on the board of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA). The CPCA is a statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California community clinics and health centers and their patients. CCUIH works closely with […]

IHCSCV awarded Circles of Care Future Generations Grant

CCUIH member, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, is honored to announce the award of a 3-year Circles of Care SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant titled Future Generations to plan a system of care for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children (ages 0-25) and their families in Santa Clara County. Future Generations […]

FAIHP & Tule River Tribe Receive $4 M System of Care Grant

The Tule River Yokuts tribe, located near Porterville California, and the Fresno American Indian Health Project (FAIHP), a member of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, was awarded a grant of $4 million over the next four years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant will allow the tribe and FAIHP to implement […]

Native Communities of Care Toolkit

  This page features information about Native Communities of Care and provides access to the Native Communities of Care Toolkit.  This program is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of California counties […]

AIH&S earns National Recognition for Patient Centered Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on September 10, 2014, announced that American Indian Health & Services of Santa Barbara, has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. American Indian Health & Services (AIH&S)  is the first organization in Santa […]

AIH&S Medical Director Featured in UCLA Magazine

    American Indian Health & Services’ Medical Director, Hollanda Leon, MD, has been featured in UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s U Magazine. You can read the article at U Magazine’s website or here: In Her Own Words: Hollanda Leon, MD ’99 Hollanda Leon, MD ’99, is a board-certified family-practice physician and the medical director at […]

CCUIH’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness Organizations

The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health provides planning resources, training and technical assistance to consortia members to support ongoing Emergency Preparedness Planning. CCUIH has developed a Guide to Emergency Preparedness Organizations to assist with these efforts. This guide identifies emergency/disaster preparedness and response organizations that are relevant to CCUIH’s member Urban Indian Health Organizations, including national, […]

IHCSCV hires new Chief Executive Officer

The Indian Health of Santa Clara Valley, a member of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH), has hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Sonya Tetnowski. “We are very happy that Sonya is coming on board because she understands the diverse culture in San Jose and Santa Clara County, and is committed to building […]

American Indian Health & Services wins United Way Award

One of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health’s members, American Indian Health & Services (AIHS) was awarded the “United for Health Partner of the Year” by the United Way of Santa Barbara County, during its 91st Annual Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. This annual event recognizes local organizations and individuals for contributing to the […]

American Indian Health & Services’ Dr. Hone leads “Walk With a Doc”

Dr. Jennifer Hone, an endocrinologist at CCUIH’s member clinic, American Indian Health & Services , has started Walk With a Doc in Santa Barbara, in an effort to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other other health problems. Dr. Hone facilitates a one-mile Walk With a Doc Thursdays at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara, during which participants […]

California Continuing Medical Education Best Practices & GPRA Measures Conference

CCUIH encourages our members clinics’ staff to attend the California Continuing Medical Education Best Practices & GPRA Measures Conference, scheduled for May 19-21. There will be sessions on cultural awareness and trauma-informed care, the patient centered medical home, osteoporosis, clinical documentation improvement, injury prevention, meaningful use, polypharmacy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and much more. CCUIH staff and […]

SDAIHC to provide Prevention and Early Intervention Behavioral Health Services

    CCUIH’s member clinic, San Diego American Indian Health Center will receive funding for prevention and early intervention programs for Urban Indians in San Diego County. Prevention and early intervention programs have been instrumental in allowing Indian health organizations to use cultural practices. Read the following article, “Supervisors approve behavioral health contracts,” for more […]

Update: CCUIH Vice-Chair wins Sacramento Women’s Leadership Award

The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health is pleased to announce that our Vice-Chair, Britta Guerrero (San Carlos Apache), has won the Sacramento County’s Leader of Tomorrow Award. Her award was announced at the Women’s Appreciation Awards Ceremony, which recognized strong women leaders who have made a difference in the Sacramento community, hosted by Congresswomen Matsui, […]

Providing for the Health of Urban American Indians

In December, the Seattle City Council voted to make a difference in the lives of our city’s urban Indians. Specifically, the council voted to allow the Seattle Indian Health Board to purchase and rehabilitate Leschi Center, where the board has operated a full-service health and wellness clinic for 25 years. This is an opportunity for the Health […]

Covering Californians Before They Fall Through the Cracks

By George White and Adriana Godoy Leiss With more health coverage opportunities on the horizon, The California Wellness Foundation grantees are canvassing neighborhoods, staging health fairs and helping their communities navigate the uncharted territory of the Affordable Care Act. For several weeks before and after the Oct. 1,  2013, open enrollment launch date for Covered […]

Bill to Fix Inconsistencies in Federal Health Programs’ Definition of “Indian”

WASHINGTON – Unless the definition of Indian in the Affordable Care Act is changed, many American Indians and Alaska Natives will not be eligible for the special protections and benefits intended for them in the law. These benefits include cost-sharing and monthly enrollment benefits. The “Definitions of Indian” in the Affordable Care Act are not consistent […]

Navigators help get Native Americans Insurance

Insurance enrollment helpers are encouraging Native Americans to sign up for coverage under the nation’s newhealth care law, saying it will help them better access X-rays, mammograms, prescription drugs, and trips to specialists not covered under Indian Health Service. American Indians are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people carry insurance, but the law opens up resources […]

Governor Signs CA State Budget; Eliminates Healthy Families Program

By Sue Dormanen. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California late Wednesday, June 27, that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November, Associated Press reports. The Budget eliminates the Healthy Families Program, transferring beneficiaries to Medi‐Cal over a 12‐month period beginning in January 2013. Overall, the plan cuts more […]

Broader Health Law Exemption for Native Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday broadened an exemption for American Indians from the new health care law’s requirement that virtually every U.S. resident has health insurance starting next year. New rules clarify that people who are eligible to receive medical care through the federal Indian Health Service will be exempt from […]

San Diego American Indian Youth Center: Strengthening Cultural Identify and Guiding Youth to their Full Potential

By Jacie Scott The San Diego American Indian Youth Center (SDAIYC) is one of the many successful Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act. Part of San Diego’s American Indian Health Center, the SDAIYC is an urban youth clinic serving primarily American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the […]

Amid Clinic Closures, One Health Care Center Keeps Expanding

By David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau Carmela Castellano-Garcia has watched the rise and fall of community clinics in California for many years, and she said she’s never seen anything like it. “We have seen 12 clinics close in the past 18 months,” she said. “That is just unprecedented in the time I’ve been doing […]

American Indian Clinic Struggles with Cutbacks

  DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — A downtown San Diego clinic is struggling after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wiped out a $6.4 million program for community clinics serving American Indians in urban areas. The San Diego American Indian Health Center has laid off 10 people, a third of its staff, and has been forced to close Wednesdays […]

Clearing Up a Few Myths on Health Insurance Reform and the Indian Health Service

A message from Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs at the White House, Kimberly Teehee

Myths and Reality – The Affect on Urban Indian Health Care Funding

  WASHINGTON – “Most Indians live on reservations and don’t pay taxes.” “Indians don’t have to work because the government provides all their needs.” “Native Americans are all wealthy from gaming casino revenues.” These are a few of the myths and misconceptions that can affect funding for urban Indian health care, according to the National […]