On May 2, 2018, Native American Connections officially became recognized as an Urban Indian Organization!
What is an Urban Indian Organization?
An Urban Indian Organization Program that receives recognition and funding through the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs under the banner of the Indian Health Service. Given this designation, the organization has the capacity to serve a more diverse population offering a wider array of health care options including medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health etc. Achieving this status allows the organization to gain more access to funding, healthcare resources and additional staffing needs to better serve the local community.
How many other Urban Indian Organizations are there nationally?
There are now, including Native American Connections, 41 Urban Indian Health Programs nationally. You can find a list through this interactive map that details some of the other programs.
Native American Connections specific long term goals
- Student loan forgiveness programs for select employees
- Onboarding of limited medical personnel
Urban Indian Organization Programs in Arizona
There are now 4 total Urban Indian Organization Programs located in the state of Arizona.
Native American Connections (Phoenix)
Native Health (Phoenix)
Native Americans for Community Action (Flagstaff)
Tucson Indian Center (Tucson)
Urban Indian Oragnization Program benefits
- Ability to better serve our local American Indian population
- Significant additional funding opportunities
- Lower pharmaceutical drug pricing
- Opportunities for federal student loan forgiveness programs
- Access to National Health Service Corps health care provider recruitment and retention
- Enhanced Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement rates
- Connection to the CDC’s Vaccine for Children Program