Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit Urban Indian Organization (UIO) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) established in 2006. The health center is an accredited through the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and received re-certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in August of 2019. SNAHC is one of only six urban Indian organizations nationally to receive this accolade. SNAHC’s mission is to continue and share the legacy of a healthy American Indian/Alaska Native community based on cultural values delivered through a traditional, innovative, and accessible patient-centered health home. Sacramento is home to 23,775 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals. Tribes indigenous to the area include the Nisenan, Southern Maidu, Valley Miwok, Patwin and Wintu people. More than twice as many AI/ANs live in poverty than the total US population and AI/ANs life expectancy is 6 years lower than the US average. Historical trauma, including forced relocations and cultural assimilation, numerous broken treaties, and other social, economic, and political injustices, continue to affect AI/AN communities in significant ways. In light of these needs, SNAHC is proposing a five year plan to deliver health promotion, immunizations, mental health services, and alcohol and substance abuse services to the community.
Specific goals for this project include: (1) improve the health status of AI/AN individuals and families by providing services that increase awareness and knowledge of health related issues, and improve access and utilization of available health care and community resources, (2) improve the overall health of AI/AN community in the Sacramento area by increasing the number of individuals who are up to date with immunizations in the project year, (3) improve the health status of AI/AN individuals who self-identify with substance abuse and their families, and (4) provide culturally appropriate and relevant mental health services for AI/AN patients. The goals and their related objectives and activities will allow SNAHC to deliver meaningful services tailored to the community and its needs and fulfill its commitment to continue and share the legacy of a healthy AI/AN community based on cultural values delivered through a traditional, innovative and accessible patient-centered health home.