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:
- “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
- Agency’s name changed to “Indian Community Health Service, Inc.”
- A Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Nutrition program was added through a subcontract with the Salt River Indian Community
- HIV/AIDS prevention services initiated through funding from Indian Health Service (I.H.S.)
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment services initiated through I.H.S. funding
- Mental Health Services initiated with I.H.S. funding
- 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)
- Dental services initiated by NATIVE HEALTH
- Special Diabetes Program (SDPI) continued through fiscal year 2011 with an I.H.S. grant
- Prenatal services began through Bethany Women’s Healthcare
- HIV Youth Targeted Prevention Services provided from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant
- Youth and Family Substance Abuse Treatment Services provided with a grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Women’s Services and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Services begin through I.H.S. grants
- Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status for NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Provided prenatal services through Phoenix Perinatal Associates
- Hosted First Annual Bike Rodeo for families and children
- Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) opens the first community based On the Spot office at NATIVE HEALTH
- Dental Clinic opens at NHW Community Health Center.
- Medical Legal Partnership begins with Community Legal Services at NATIVE HEALTH.
- NATIVE HEALTH Traditional Garden begins at KeepPhoenixBeautiful site.
- USDA Dinner Program begins at NATIVE HEALTH. The daily “dinner” program begins distributing meals to children to address food insecurity.
- Increased partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank. Over 30,000 meals served in 2016.
- Creation of successful Read it and Eat program focusing on early literacy and healthy cooking.
- New site for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program which focuses on healthy cooking on a budget.
- Purchased additional building in Mesa, NATIVE HEALTH East. Services began June 2017.
- Received additional three year accreditation by Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care
- Recognition by National Association of Community Health Centers as one of top three Community Health Centers addressing food insecurity in the United States
- Expansion of Arizona Department of Economic Security services to five days per week
- Began “BackPack” program from St. Mary’s Food Bank which provides “BackPacks” of food on the weekends for hungry families
- NATIVE HEALTH began providing psychiatry and tele-psychiatry services