The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (IHCSCV) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit community-based organization that was established in 1977 to provide culturally appropriate medical, dental, and nutritional services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives. In 1993 IHCSCV obtained Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status and expanded its services to serve anyone in need of health care. IHCSCV has been accredited since 2001 by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Over thirteen years of BPHC 330 funding has enabled IHCSCV to more than triple its services to meet the demand of the community’s most underserved populations, which includes both American Indians/Alaskan Natives and other low-income populations in need of health care. The community served is primarily in the city of San Jose and surrounding areas of Santa Clara County, California.
Our goal with this project is to: (1)Provide family wellness services for health promotion and disease prevention to increase the health of the AI/AN community. (2) Provide timely immunization services to the local AI/AN community, incorporating children, youth and adult immunizations and including education services. (3) Provide continuous and timely access to COVID vaccines for children 5 years and older and adults in all medical clinic cites. (4)Provide clinically sound substance abuse and relapse prevention program services for American Indian individuals, their families and their extended families. (5) Provide group therapy for men and women around substance abuse issues/dual diagnosis and the outreach required to facilitate participation. (6) Provide professional training in substance abuse and relapse prevention. (7) Promote health and wellness, positive self-identity/esteem, and peer support in the American Indian teen population, therefore decreasing the risk of violence that is experienced in this population, through providing an ongoing San Jose Native Youth (SJNY) group. (8) Provide culturally-proficient behavioral health treatment. (9) Provide outreach to an average of 10 AI/AN children and their families per month.
Numerous factors contribute to the health disparity impacting AI/AN throughout the United States including Santa Clara County. Poverty levels, education attainment, health insurance coverage, and housing to name a few, are significant indicators of health disparity and service gaps. Santa Clara County and IHCSCV have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the demand for providing these services has greatly increased. Through implementing this project IHCSCV will be able to provide necessary services to hard to reach communities, conduct outreach, promote wellness, and do so in a culturally proficient manner.