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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Mission Statement


The overall mission of the Indian Health Service (IHS) is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska natives (AI/AN) to the highest level.


The main goal of IHS is to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to AI/AN people.


The purpose of the IHS foundation is to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy AI/AN communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of tribes.


The vision of the California Area Indian Health Service (CAIHS) is to raise the health status of American Indians to the highest possible level by supporting tribal governments and urban Indian communities in the development and administration of comprehensive health care delivery systems that meet the needs of Indian people.

Core Values:

Excellence...exceeding expectations through teamwork and creativity
Innovation...finding new and better ways to serve our constituents
Respect...for everyone, all the time
Ethics...honesty, fairness and dignity for all individuals and groups
Leadership...enhancing health services through education and prevention