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The Indian Health Service California Area Office provides the healthcare delivery system to the State of California, the home of the largest population of American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in the country. According to the 2020 United States Census, California's Indian population was 631,016. California is home to 109 federally recognized tribes.

There are presently 34 California tribal health programs operating 66 ambulatory clinics under the authority of the Indian Self Determination Act. IHS funds ten (10) urban health programs that operate under the authority of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. In FY 2019, California tribal health programs had 184,699 registered users and 88,227 active users. Registered users are a cumulative total for all Indian patients ever seen at tribal facilities, and active users are those that have accessed care during the past three years.

None of the tribal facilities and programs currently operating in California originated as facilities previously operated by the IHS, as is the case in other IHS areas. Population sizes and dispersion of tribal groups in the California area makes it unlikely that a hospital-based service program will develop within the area, similar to other IHS areas where the federal government has built, staffed and maintained hospitals and satellite clinics on Indian reservations.

Tribal programs will continue to rely on private and public hospitals to meet inpatient and emergency needs. Some tribal health program physicians have privileges at local hospitals and follow their patients through the local hospital system. Otherwise, the patients are referred to private physicians using Contract Health Services (CHS) funding, as well as other alternate resources. Most programs have not developed laboratory, pharmacy or x-ray specialties, so these services are purchased from the private sector through CHS funding or other tribal resources.

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December 15, 2022
Office of Public Health (OPH)
December 15, 2022
Office of the Area Director (OAD)
December 15, 2022
Office of Tribal Affairs (OTA)
October 1, 2018
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Based on 2017 data. The Indian Health Care System; Population Served; Annual Patient Services; Appropriations; Third-party collections; Per capita personal health care expenditures comparisons; Human Resources; Facilities; Office of Environmental Health and Engineering