Our Community Needs Us.
Since 1979, the San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) has strived to meet its mission of “excellence in health care with respect for custom and tradition” by focusing on care for the mind, body and spirit; the whole person. SDAIHC has provided high quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to its community. A youth center provides early intervention/prevention programs that are so needed in today’s environment. The organization has earned trust and loyalty by serving American Indian/Alaskan Native and low income community members with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a Patient Centered Medical Home and as a safety net providing essential health care and social services. It is a key resource experiencing more than 20,000 visits each year to its downtown facility.
In January 2018, SDAIHC launched a capital campaign to raise $11 million to renovate existing space and renovate a recently acquired building in order to double its capacity of families served. The Center is asking for your support and invited you to find out more; all contributions to SDAIHC are tax deductible.
As part of its commitment to the community, SDAIHC has organized the Balboa Park Pow Wow. Now celebrating its 30th year, the American Indian community has celebrated its heritage at an empowering and festive event. Pow Wows are so much more than a social event; they provide an opportunity to raise and share cultural awareness within the greater San Diego community, a learning experience for American Indian children, a remembrance of times past for elders and a spiritual experience for everyone. For all these reasons, SDAIHC is honored to carry on this wonderful tradition for our community.
The Balboa Park Pow Wow will take place on Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 12th - 13th from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. As is custom, the event will open with Kumeyaay Bird Singers in recognition of their place as San Diego’s “first people”, followed by traditional gourd dancing, grand entry and inter-tribal dancing throughout the afternoon.
Balboa Park Pow Wow is sponsored by the San Diego American Indian Health Center in partnership with the Soaring Eagles Youth Dance Group. Vendors of Native American ancestry will sell authentic jewelry, clothing, bags, blankets and more. On Saturday, they will honor Wilbur Solomon, a member of the community and veteran, for his service. On Sunday, all Mothers present will be asked to participate in an honoring ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend the Balboa Park Pow Wow for a wonderful family experience.
To promote a healthier living environment and community, staff from SDAIHC’s medical, dental, behavioral health, and youth center teams will be present to acquaint the community with its many services.
For additional information on SDAIHC or the 2018 Pow Wow, please call 619-234-2150 or visit www.sdaihc.org.