Recognition & Awards

Patient-Centered Medical Home

American Indian Health & Services is a Recognized Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA announced that American Indian Health & Services achieved PCMH Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. NCQA  is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

To earn recognition, American Indian Health & Services demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

Recognitions and Awards by Year

1998. The National Council of Urban Indian Health conferred national recognition to AIHS for its outstanding leadership and program achievement in urban Indian health care.

2010. The Department of Health & Human Services appointed Scott Black, Executive Director of AIHS, to Indian Health Service Policy to Confer with Urban Indian Organizations Workgroup pursuant to Title 1, Subtitle E, Health Services for Urban Indians, Section 163. Mr. Black was nominated to represent the National Council of Urban Indian Health as part of the implementation of Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as part of the Affordable Care Act.

2011. The Department of Health & Human Services Certificate of Appreciation for AIHS’ contribution to the success and improvement of the federal Resource and Patient Management System (“RPMS”). RPMS is certified for Meaningful Use according to standards established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

2012. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian Foundation awarded its Native American Award to AIHS for its achievements in providing accessible and culturally appropriate health care to the Native American community in Santa Barbara County.

2012. The California State Legislature awarded AIHS its Certificate of Recognition to American Indian Health & Services for its commitment to empowering the community by providing accessible and culturally appropriate health care, serving individuals through programs that promote physical, social, and emotional well-being.

2013. United Way: United for Health Partner of the Year Award.

2014. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded AIHS its Certificate of Recognition for its achievement of Level III, Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care Management Processes.

2014. The County of Santa Barbara awarding AIHS its Certificate of Recognition for providing high quality health care to at risk and vulnerable residents of the Santa Barbara Community.

2014. The California State Legislature awarded AIHS its Certificate of Recognition to American Indian Health & Services for its commitment to delivering accessible, socially responsive and culturally appropriate health care to the Santa Barbara community and its dedication to demonstrating leadership in innovation and adaptation in a changing health care field for over 20 years.

2014. The United States Congress presented its Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to AIHS in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the Santa Barbara community.

2015. Urban Indian Representative for California Tribal Advisory Committee

2017. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded AIHS its Certificate of Recognition for its achievement of Level III, Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care Management Processes.

2017. United Way: [Nominated] United for Health Partner of the Year Award.

AAAHC

American Indian Health & Services is in the process of AAAHC Accreditation.