Why Choose Us?

The San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) is a patient-centered health home that provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and community wellness services that are available to all San Diegans. Founded in May 1979, we honor the wisdom of community leaders who believed urban American Indians living in our city should have community-based health care rooted in traditional cultural values. The vision of our founders lives on after nearly forty years as we continue to grow and provide high quality health care services to a diverse community of all ages and walks of life.

SDAIHC is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home, a recognition that demonstrates our commitment to providing evidence-based whole-person care.

The Patient Center Medical Home is a healthcare delivery model that ensures each patient receives the best possible care: when they need it and in a manner they can understand. A team of providers meets the physical and mental needs of the patient and coordinates care across multiple settings, with special consideration of the individual’s culture, values, and preferences. A PCMH works in partnership with patients and their families—each is an important member of the care team—so they are empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices.

As a PCMH, we continuously evaluate our services and the health outcomes of our patients to guide quality improvement. We also encourage patients to gain an understanding of their role in a PCMH by reading the Patient Rights and Responsibilities form and the Notice of Privacy handout, both of which are available on our website and in our health center.

If you have questions or comments about the care you receive at the San Diego American Indian Health Center, you may contact Frances Trimble,  Quality Improvement Manager, at (619) 234-2158 x133 or frances.trimble@sdaihc.com.

Our Mission

  • The Mission of San Diego American Indian Health Center is to promote excellence in health care with respect to custom and tradition. Our goal is to reduce the significant health disparities of San Diego’s Urban American Indian population by increasing access to care and improving the quality of that care, resulting in increased life expectancy and improved quality of life.

Our Vision

  • We are a community health center dedicated to embodying the values central to American Indian cultures. This includes respect for our patients, acknowledgement of the whole person, and a focus on working together to ensure health for the individual, and therefore the community.
  • We invite persons of all tribes, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life to experience the comprehensive care we deliver and to contribute to the services we provide for children, youth, families, adults, and elders.