NATIVE HEALTH History

NATIVE HEALTH started in 1978 as a small community nursing program. The agency has grown over its fourty 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 licensed practical nurses and two advocates

1983

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

1984

  • A Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Nutrition program was added through a subcontract with the Salt River Indian Community

1989

  • HIV/AIDS prevention services initiated through funding from Indian Health Service (I.H.S.)

1990

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment services initiated through I.H.S. funding

1992

  • Mental Health Services initiated with I.H.S. funding

1996

  • Agency’s name changed to “Native American Community Health Center, Inc.”
  • Family medical practice began with funds from Arizona Tobacco Tax and I.H.S.
  • Long Term Care Case (ALTCS) 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 I.H.S. grant

2006

  • Prenatal services began through Bethany Women’s Healthcare
  • HIV Youth Targeted Prevention Services provided from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant

2007

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

2008

  • Women’s Services and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Services begin through I.H.S. grants

2010

  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status for NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center

2011

  • Walter Murillo selected by the Board of Directors as the new CEO of NATIVE HEALTH
  • Diabetes Prevention Program received I.H.S. Advocacy Award for Living Well Traditionally Youth Diabetes Prevention Summer Camp
  • NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center re-accredited for three years by Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by 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 broadcasting
  • NATIVE HEALTH entered into an agreement with the Mexican Consulate
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Services added to NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center.
  • Podiatry services added to NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center.
  • Home Visiting Program for Native American families with children under five residing off reservation begins. The program concentrates on school readiness.
  • Grant for Native Americans with chronic homelessness and health concerns initiated with community partners.
  • Centers for Medicaid/Medicare (CMS) and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) added.
  • Partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank to begin Summer Food Service Program.

2013

  • Moved into new location at 4041 N. Central Avenue, Building C,  27,000 feet of clinical/office space.
  • Expansion of NHW Community Health Center to include behavioral health services.
  • Received “Innovation Award” from the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers for unique community outreach.

2014

  • First integrated (Medical and Behavioral Health) outpatient license in the State of Arizona.
  • Received “Big Shot for Arizona” by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI).
  • NHW Community Health Center begins expanded hours.
  • Wellbearto, NATIVE HEALTH’s mascot, begins touring the world!
  • NATIVE HEALTH  begins new Community Garden
  • NATIVE HEALTH begins Wellness Warriors program, funded through the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

2015

  • Provided prenatal services through Phoenix Perinatal Associates
  • Hosted First Annual NATIVE HEALTH Bike Rodeo
  • Healthy Living classes instituted
  • Community Garden started with City of Phoenix/KeepPhoenixBeautiful
  • Wellness Warriors, youth and family healthy living program begins
  • New WIC Clinic in Guadalupe
  • NATIVE HEALTH Living Well Traditionally Youth Diabetes Prevention Camp moves to Camp Colley in Happy Jack, AZ
  • Received award – 36th National Indian and Native American Employment Training Conference – NH receives Outstanding Employer
  • First Annual NATIVE HEALTH Laughter is the Best Medicine Fundraiser
  • GRIC dental donation
  • ACA Healthcare Options Program

2016

  • NHW Dental clinic opens
  • New USDA program begins – children’s meals each day
  • Read it and Eat begins
  • Phoenix Perinatal Associates begins
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility (DBME) begins at NH
  • 100th newsletter published
  • Traditional Garden at KeepPhoenixBeautiful begins
  • Native STAND begins
  • Cooking Matters begins
  • HRSA OSV
  • PBS Vitality Garden interview

2017

  • Psychiatry services begin
  • Children’s food backpack program begins
  • Recognized by National Association of Community Health Centers as one of top three CHC’s in addressing food insecurity
  • Car seat give-away in conjunction with Gila River Injury Prevention
  • NATIVE HEALTH Mesa opens
  • White House Drug Czar visits NATIVE HEALTH
  • Accreditation
  • Monthly Community Gathering and Dinners begin
  • New website uveiled
  • NextGen implemented
  • New NATIVE HEALTH Traditional Garden at Pierson
  • New Mexico PBS interview on new Traditional Garden and WW
  • Read it and Eat begins at NATIVE HEALTH Mesa

2018

  • New Community Garden (and grand opening) at Agave Farms
  • NATIVE HEALTH celebrates 40th Anniversary
  • Tele-psychiatry begins
  • Art therapy groups instituted
  • PIMC WIC Open House
  • Native Talk Arizona revamped
  • Arizona@Work opens at NATIVE HEALTH Central
  • Commodity Senior Food Program begins at NATIVE HEALTH Central, NHW Community Health Center and NATIVE HEALTH Mesa
  • CPLC Clinic opens in Maryvale
  • NATIVE HEALTH Central extended hours begin
  • Culture through Art classes
    Regalia classes
    1st Annual Open House at NH Mesa