The Native American Health Coalition in Houston, Texas, has started an initiative to identify Native Americans eligible for care in Indian Health Service (IHS) clinics. In the next several months, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will conduct a national study to identify possible locations for 2 -3 new Urban Indian Clinics. Native American Health Coalition is working to get Houston on the short list for this national competition.
Over 49,000 Native Americans live in Harris and the seven surrounding counties. This is the sixth largest population of Urban Indians in the United States, and one of the largest without a dedicated Indian Health Service Clinic. Texas is home to three tribes: the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe in Livingston, the Tiguas in El Paso, and the Kickapoo in Eagle Pass. Many thousands more “urban Indians” come from various tribes and live in the larger cities around Texas. The Urban Inter-tribal Center in Dallas is the closest Indian Health Service clinic open to all federally recognized Native Americans – almost 270,000 around the State of Texas.
The Native American Health Coalition is requesting members of recognized tribes to complete a brief survey or contact them for a brief interview about your health care needs. You can participate in three ways: In the Houston area, call 832-703-8999 or call toll free 888 668 9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or take the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nahcsurvey1.