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National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. NCAI works in collaboration with the National Indian Health Board, the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the regional health boards to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The NIHB provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations, including: advocacy, policy formation and analysis, legislative and regulatory tracking, direct and timely communication with tribes, research, program development and assessment, training and technical assistance, and project management.
Area Health Boards
The Area Health Boards serve as the communication link between the NIHB and the tribes. Area Health Boards advise in the development of positions on health policy, planning, and program design. They gather information and review public opinion and proposals. In areas without an Area Health Board, the NIHB representative communicates policy information and concerns to the tribes in that area.
The Society of American Indian Dentists promotes dental health in the American Indian community; encourages American Indian youth to pursue a career in the profession of dentistry; serves as a resource for assistance to American Indian students interested in the profession of dentistry; provides role-model leadership; promotes American Indian heritage and traditional values; and, promotes and supports the unique concerns of American Indian dentists.
The Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID)- ASDOH Student Chapter is a student service organization mentored by Dr. George Blue Spruce that provides oral health students with an opportunity to share their educational experiences, collaborate, provide peer-to-peer mentoring and leadership for future generations of Native American dentists and oral health students.
Over 67% of all American Indians and Alaska Natives live in urban areas. National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is the only membership organization of Urban Indian Health Programs, providing advocacy, expanding resources, and creating a “national voice” for Native American/Alaska Natives living off reservation.
There are currently 36 Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) that are part of the Indian Health Service and administered by the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs. All 39 of these health facilities are eligible members of NCUIH. Many of these programs provide dental services.