Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Comprehensive health care is provided by NAIHS through inpatient, outpatient contract, and community health programs centered around 6 hospitals, 7 health centers, and 15 health stations. Six hospitals range in size from 32 beds in Crownpoint, New Mexico, to 99 beds at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico. Health Centers operate full-time clinics, some of which provide emergency services. Smaller communities have health stations that operate only part-time.
A major portion of the NAIHS health care delivery system is sponsored by the Navajo Tribe itself, which operates the Navajo Division of Health (NDOH) in Window Rock, Arizona. The NDOH created in 1977, has the mission of ensuring that quality and culturally acceptable health care is available and accessible to Native Americans through coordination, regulation, and where necessary, direct service delivery. The Navajo Nation provides a variety of health-related services in the areas of nutrition, aging, substance abuse, community health representative (e.g., outreach), and emergency medical services (e.g., ambulance). The NAIHS is one of 12 IHS regional administrative units of the Indian Health Service, an agency of the U.S. Public Health Service Department of Human Health Services.