The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) was founded to support and develop quality, accessible healthcare programs for all American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban communities through advocacy, training, education, and leadership development.
The membership of NCUIH comprises 34 Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHP) and three Alcohol Substance Abuse Treatment Centers. Urban American Indian primary care clinics and outreach programs provide culturally acceptable, accessible, affordable, and accountable health services to an underserved, off-reservation American Indian population. UIHP provides a variety of services, ranging from the provision of outreach and referral services to the delivery of comprehensive ambulatory health care.
NCUIH partners with national health organizations concerned with health issues that face American Indians/Alaska Natives.
More than half of the American Indians/Alaska Natives in the United States live in urban areas. As the national American Indian health organization that represents this population, NCUIH strives to create a broad awareness of Indian health issues. NCUIH maintains a visible presence in Washington, DC, and participates in national workgroups, committees, and advisory boards. The organization tracks legislation and provides congressional testimony.
NCUIH distributes weekly news and resource updates, legislative alerts, and an e-newsletter. Quarterly teleconferences and an interactive website give members detailed information on pertinent topics. NCUIH disseminates information and facilitates partnerships and program development, as well as provides webinar training and technical assistance and research assistance to the UIHPs.
NCUIH hosts a national leadership conference, regional trainings, and quarterly membership teleconferences annually.
NCUIH advises and produces occasional position papers on American Indian health topics.
Kimberly Fowler, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Assistance and Research