The mission of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley is to help ensure the survival and healing of American Indians/Alaskan Natives and our community by providing high quality, comprehensive health care, and wellness services. Founded in 1977, we have been serving our community for over 40 years. As a certified Patient-Centered Health Home, we provide a full range of primary care and illness prevention services. We focus on holistic services, health education and American Indian values such as healing the whole family. We emphasize care coordination and communication between the patient and provider and achieve better health outcomes by putting the patients’ needs first.
What health care and wellness services are available for Native Americans?
With very few exceptions, Native Americans do not have access to health and wellness services focused on their specific needs. This is a serious problem because, while the care that is available at medical facilities for the general public may be of an acceptable standard, the cultural sensibilities and the health needs of this particular section of the population are often ignored or not appreciated. An exception to the situation is the Indian Health Center in San Jose CA. This Native American wellness center caters to the health and wellness needs of the Native American population in this part of California.
How is healthcare for Native Americans? Please be as descriptive as possible about the issues faced.
Healthcare for Native Americans is generally on par with the government provided healthcare available for the rest of the population. When it comes to private healthcare, like everyone else, Native Americans get what they are able to pay for. However, there are some cultural and social issues of the Native American community that general health services do not address. Native Americans who face this kind of problem should go to a specialized Native American health service.
What is health care and wellness center? Why is it important?
A healthcare and wellness center has 2 roles. The first is to provide preventive care and nutrition advice to people so that they can be healthy and avoid sickness as far as possible. The second role is to provide medical care for people who are sick. Health and wellness centers are the primary stage of healthcare for a large number of people and without this service being available, the overall health standards of the communities they serve would be far lower.
What are the new developments in Native American health care?
Healthcare for all Americans has seen a great deal of upheaval and change in recent years. One of the positives has been that now there is a greater focus on the healthcare needs of Native Americans. While this section of the population has the same problems and concerns as the rest of the country, there are social, cultural and economic issues that they face that require special attention.
What is a WIC nutrition center?
Women, especially those who have recently given birth and/or are breastfeeding, have infants and children have special nutritional needs. If these needs are not met, both mother and child are subject to long-term health issues that could impact their ability to function in society, the quality of life they can achieve, and how long life is. WIC (women, infants, and children) nutrition centers and programs focus on ensuring that these vulnerable sections of society, especially in the lower-income groups, have access to resources that meets their nutritional need.
Where do I get a Native American DNA test?
The Native American DNA test is carried out to find out genetic associations with indigenous ancestry. There is more to learn about ancestry genetic testing, and it is not used as legal proof demonstrating Native American ethnicity. You can contact a Native American health center to know more about this.
What are WIC benefits?
WIC program benefits are appreciable. It reduces the possibility of iron deficiency anemia in children. The dietary consumption of pregnant women and postpartum mothers has also looked after. The objective is to make this group of people active, eat food well, and maintain health.
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I've been there all my life; nice friendly people. Been taking good care of me. Good Doctors also Thank You for Taking care of me. Keep Up the Good work.03 May 2021
I went here for my first appt to get a blood draw and everyone was so nice :) I am thinking I’ll come back to try the dentist side since I need some work done. I’ll update after that. Great work!13 April 2021
I like that everyone is nice and the clinic is always clean. Thank you IHC.02 November 2020
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