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Community Wellness

Supporting the holistic well-being of our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Community Patients through culturally grounded programs and activities that promote community healing, strengthening relationships and being a pillar to behavioral health challenges. 



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Meet our Community Wellness Department

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J. Carlos Rivera

Chief Cultural Services Officer


Carlos is an enrolled tribal member with the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and is also of Mexican descent. Originally from Northern California, he received his Chemical Dependency Studies and Human Services at the American River College.

Carlos served as a substance abuse treatment provider for 11 years for Indian Health Services in Sacramento, CA. providing services to adult men and women on parole, juvenile offenders and other referrals from the Department of Corrections. Carlos is the former Executive Director at White Bison, Inc. located in Colorado Springs, CO.  He continues to make a difference in Native/Indigenous Tribal communities serving as leadership to both companies and is passionate about developing new curriculum to better meet the needs of tribal and urban Native American communities. Carlos has also been an active committee member for the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency State Committee for California, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.


Kiana Cates (Diné)

Communications Coordinator


Kiana is the Communications Coordinator for the Community Wellness Department and has been working at American Indian Health & Services since 2018. In her role, she leads collaborative efforts related to ongoing and emergent departmental and organizational programs, projects, and events. Kiana is the lead behind the Native Sun Newsletter, AIH&S Facebook Page, and other Community Wellness promotional materials.

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Eliciana Jensen (Luiseño)

Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (TPWIC) Project Coordinator 


Eliciana received her bachelor’s in history with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In her role, she coordinates monthly cultural programs with our Chief Cultural Services Officer and is a point of support for other programs at American Indian Health & Services.


 Native Connections Project Coordinator


Coming soon…


Community Wellness Support Specialist

To make an appointment, please call the Medical Clinic at 805-681-7144