The San Diego American Indian Health Center utilizes a healthcare model that ensures patients receive 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. We also offer self-management support and work 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.

We encourage patients to gain an understanding of their role in receiving evidence-based whole-person care by reading the Patient Rights and Responsibilities form, which is available on our website and in our health center. These responsibilities include providing our medical team with your complete medical history, including care obtained from providers outside of our practice, so we can best provide you with the appropriate care.

The San Diego American Indian Health Center provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services to everyone. We welcome patients from all tribes and walks of life.  To become a patient at our health center, please call 619-234-2158 x100 and make an appointment.

At your first appointment, you can expect to spend 15 to 30 minutes completing a patient registration packet. Please bring identification and health insurance information for each person receiving services. We currently accept the following health insurances:

  • Medi-Cal from Care 1st Health Plan, Community Health Group, and Molina Healthcare

  • Covered California plans from Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare

  • Private insurance PPOs

If you do not have health insurance our certified enrollment counselors can help you enroll in a low or no-cost health plan through Covered California or Medi-Cal. We can also assist current Medi-Cal recipients with transferring into one of the three Medi-Cal managed care plans that are accepted at our health center. Patients who are uninsured and have income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level may be eligible for the sliding fee scale, an assistance program that bases the cost of medical services on family size and income.

To complete an application for health insurance, you will need to show a California driver’s license or state identification card; proof of permanent resident or certificate of citizenship (if born outside the United States); and proof of all income, such as recent paycheck stubs or a letter from your employer.

Verified American Indians/Alaska Natives may receive the following services at no cost: medical office visits; behavioral health visits; and routine dental care including, exams, x-rays, cleaning, fillings. American Indians are responsible to pay for labs, x-rays, medications or referrals which are not covered by insurance or a special program.