American Indian Health & Services was incorporated in 1994 as a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Additionally, it is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (“FQHC”) and an Urban Indian organization under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Pursuant to the Act, the target patient population of AIHS is American Indians and Alaska Natives (“AI/AN”) residing in its service area, which includes most of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. As a public benefit corporation, AIHS does not engage in political activities. AIHS is not owned or controlled, in whole or part, by an American Indian Nation, Tribe, Band, casino, corporate parent or public entity. As a private company, AIHS is independently governed by a board of directors and managed by a staff of dedicated professionals.
AIHS does not receive funding from an American Indian Nation, Tribe, Band or casino. The majority of its revenue is generated from third-party billing for service. Other funding sources include public and private grants and a federal contract with the Department of Health & Human Services, Indian Health Service (“IHS”). This contract distinguishes AIHS from other neighborhood clinics. The IHS funds defray expenses associated with providing certain low-cost or no-cost healthcare to its AI/AN patients. An annual Federal Audit and an annual independent audit are conducted of the AIHS administration, its clinics, programs and finances to ensure AIHS meets or exceeds the strict federal guidelines set forth under the IHS contract.
As an FQHC and a community clinic, AIHS provides services to any person in need of low-cost, quality medical care without regard to race, ethnicity, income or residency. Among our AI/AN patient population, over 80 Nations, Tribes and/or Bands are represented. AIHS maintains a comprehensive database of its patient population and has the ability to generate reports to demonstrate service utilization and patient demographics. AIHS has over 4,000 active, registered patients. In 2010, our providers performed over 12,000 patient visits. Of this number, approximately 5,000 were pediatric visits. The majority of AIHS patients represented by household income are low income, young families.
AIHS has provided direct medical services to the Santa Barbara community from its State Street location since 1996. Its medical services have expanded from one medical doctor to a team of medical professionals and specialists. The medical clinic is licensed by the State of California and staffed by several Board Certified Family Practice Medical Doctors, a Pediatrician, a Podiatrist, an Endocrinologist, a Med/Ped Specialist (both adult and pediatric medicine specialist), and a Pain Management specialist. AIHS does not have an on-site pharmacy and the clinic does not dispense medications requiring a prescription.
In 2011, AIHS began its Oral Health Program and opened the doors to its first Dental Clinic. The construction project and program costs were financed solely by AIHS. The Dental Clinic is licensed by the State of California, has four state-of-the-art operatories and is staffed with a full time dentist, registered dental hygienist and dental assistant. Dental services are provided at a sliding scale discount and child Denti-Cal insurance is accepted. AIHS anticipates a strong demand for discount dental services among its patient population and the greater Santa Barbara and Ventura communities.
The Human Services Department provides counseling and wellness education consistent with the cultural traditions, beliefs and values of our AI/AN patients. This department is supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and staffed with an Associate Clinical Social Worker and a Marriage Family Therapist Intern and an outreach team.
For further information, please call us at (805) 681-7356. AIHS is located at 4141 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93110.