Seattle Indian Health Board Programs
The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) works to raise the health status of urban American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) through operation of a freestanding single site for delivery of a comprehensive set of health care services and by operating one of the largest AI/AN treatment centers in the nation. We have extensive experience working with urban AI/ANs and are knowledgeable about the diverse cultures, health disparities and health seeking behaviors of our target population. We have developed and maintained a comprehensive range of health care services to meet the needs of the AI/AN community. SIHB services include: medical, dental, class A pharmacy, nutrition, mental health, chemical dependency, youth and Elders program, health education, outreach and access services.
Within these service areas, special emphasis programs and services are provided focusing on specific health issues such as diabetes, cancer screening, perinatal care, domestic violence, traditional health and others. We have formed collaborations and partnerships within the county health care delivery system to identify and address the health care needs of the AI/AN population.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) provided health care services to over 6,764 low-income people last year,of whom 55% were American Indian and Alaska Native. In 2012, SIHB provided 17,486 medical visits with 68% of the individuals at 100% of poverty and without medical insurance who otherwise wouldn’t have access to culturally appropriate healthcare services.
The Seattle Indian Health Board established the first American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited American Indian specific family medicine residency physician training program now affiliated with Swedish Hospital and the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Graduates now work in Indian health clinics and community health centers throughout the nation offering quality care in a culturally informed way.
SIHB’s current needs are funds to continue to provide quality healthcare services to the American Indian/Alaska Native and other low-income people in King County. Federal and State budget deficits has resulted in reduced funding to SIHB to provide medical services. Currently, the Elders Program receives no outside funding and is in need of resources.