History

NATIVE HEALTH started in 1978 as a small community nursing program. The agency has grown over its thirty-five year history to offer a full array of health care and social services throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Highlights from NATIVE HEALTH’s History:

1978

“Phoenix Urban Indian Health Board, Inc.” (the agency’s original name) initiated as a Community Health Nursing Project. Personnel included an Executive Director, a Secretary, a Registered Nurse Supervisor, two LPNs and two Advocates

1983

Agency’s name changed to “Indian Community Health Service, Inc.”

1984

WIC Nutrition program added through a subcontract with the Salt River Indian Community

1989

HIV/AIDS prevention services initiated through funding from Indian Health Services (IHS)  

1990

Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment services initiated through IHS funding 

1992

Mental Health Services initiated with IHS funding

1996

Agency’s name changed to “Native American Community Health Center, Inc.”

Family medical practice began with funds from Arizona Tobacco Tax and IHS

Long Term Care Case Management services initiated under Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

1999

Dental services initiated by NATIVE HEALTH

2001

Special Diabetes Program (SDPI) continued through fiscal year 2011 with an IHS grant

2006/10

Implemented contract for Prenatal Services; continued since 2009 with Bethany Women’s Healthcare

HIV Youth Targeted Prevention Services provided from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant (5 years) 

2007

Youth and Family Substance Abuse Treatment Services provided with a grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

2008/11

Women’s Services started and IHS grants continue Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault services 

2010

Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status affirmed for NHW Clinic

2011

Walter Murillo selected by the Board of Directors as the new CEO of NATIVE HEALTH

Diabetes Prevention Program received IHS Advocacy Award for Youth Summer Camp

Re-accredited for three years by Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

2012

NATIVE HEALTH Information and Referral Center opened at Metrocenter Mall

Native Talk Arizona, a weekly radio show about health activities and community events produced and hosted by NATIVE HEALTH on Radio Phoenix, begins broadcast.

NATIVE HEALTH entered into an agreement with the Mexican Consulate

Integrated Behavioral Health Services added

Podiatry and Optometry Services added

Home Visiting Program and Program for Native Americans with chronic homelessness and health concerns initiated

Centers for Medicaid/Medicare (CMS) and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) added