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IHS Awards $24 Million to Expand and Modernize Small Ambulatory Health Care Facilities

Today, the Indian Health Service is announcing $24 million in funding to 12 tribes and tribal organizations as part of a competitive Small Ambulatory Program to invest in the construction, expansion or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities.

"The IHS Small Ambulatory Program supports our tribal partners by expanding access to culturally appropriate, quality health care in an environment that promotes patient safety," said IHS Director Roselyn Tso. "Small ambulatory health care facilities are a critical part of the Indian health system because they meet the diverse health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives."

The IHS Small Ambulatory Program is expanding access to various outpatient services for patients, including offering new services, building on existing services, and upgrading outdated facilities. Since the program began in 2001, more than 61 projects have been funded, totaling more than $123 million. Ninety-five percent of tribally-operated health care facilities provide primarily ambulatory services. These services include preventative services for chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Ambulatory care settings operated by tribes and tribal organizations also provide increased access to culturally appropriate, quality health care.

The following tribes and tribal organizations received funding:

Grant Recipient Location Amount Type of Project
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona Tucson, AZ $1,900,000 Expansion
Southern Indian Health Council Alpine, CA $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
Toiyabe Tribe Coleville, CA $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
Karuk Tribe Happy Camp, CA $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
Hoopa Valley Tribe Humboldt, CA $2,000,000 Expansion and Modernization
Tule River Indian Health Porterville, CA $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
Sonoma County Indian Health Santa Rosa, CA $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Macy, NE $1,100,000 Expansion
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Choctaw, OK $2,000,000 New Clinic
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Dale, OK $2,000,000 New Clinic
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Shawnee, OK $2,000,000 Replacement Clinic
The Klamath Tribes Klamath Falls, OR $732,920 Replacement Clinic
Makah Indian Tribe Neah Bay, WA $1,900,000 Replacement Clinic

The IHS Office of Environmental Health and Engineering supports IHS and tribal communities by providing functional, well maintained health care facilities and staff housing, technical and financial assistance to tribes on safe water and wastewater systems, and a broad range of environmental health and injury prevention activities throughout Indian Country.

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