Since 1979, the San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) has strived to meet their mission of “excellence in healthcare with respect for custom and tradition.” SDAIHC is committed to delivering high quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to the San Diego community. A youth center provides early intervention/prevention programs that are so needed in today’s environment. SDAIHC provides care for the mind, body and spirit, and 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 safety net for essential healthcare and social services. They are a key resource experiencing more than 25,000 visits each year at its downtown facility. Recently SDAIHC launched a capital campaign to double its capacity and empower the organization to offer services to a larger population of those in need.

As diabetes has become a major health challenge to many Americans, especially ethnic groups such as American Indians/Alaskan Natives, SDAIHC has focused its attention on the prevention and treatment of this rapidly expanding problem. SDAIHC recently signed an agreement with Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute to enhance and expand diabetes services to their patients and welcomes all who are seeking a comprehensive approach to the treatment of this chronic health problem.

The Youth Center is another of SDAIHC’s important community programs. The Youth Center’s mission is to guide Native American and all community youth towards their full potential as healthy, well-rounded young adults through the use of cultural, traditional and non-Western modes of healing and education. The program welcomes young people ages 10 to 24 of any background and offers a wide-range of programs. SDAIHC encourages youth to stay physically and mentally active while exploring their creativity in a positive, inclusive and safe environment where youth can develop a healthy self-identity. The San Diego American Indian Youth Center is a project funded by the County of San Diego.

To further engage the community, SDAIHC offers Wellbriety Gatherings and weekly support groups which are open to all adults seeking healing and recovery. The programming is based on the White Bison Wellbriety Movement and incorporates the teachings of the medicine wheel as well as traditional 12 Step programs with Native sensitives. Activities include beading projects, talking circles, drumming and discussion.

Joe Bulfer, CEO of SDAIHC, shared with Giving Back Magazine, “Our commitment to the community we service always centers on the wellness of mind, body and spirit. We are honored to serve and excited by the opportunity to expand our capacity to deliver high quality healthcare to all people in the San Diego community.”

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