Community

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UICSL is located 2 miles from downtown Salt Lake City; because of our unique physical placement we are able to serve the Utah tribal populations of: Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Dine’/Navajo, Shoshoni, and Arapaho, Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, Wind River Shoshone, Cherokee, and Rosebud Sioux from neighboring states.  There are 60,000 people residing in Utah who self-identify as American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), of that 46% (14,500) living in SLC consider themselves AI/AN.  The disparities within our service area (a.k.a. population of 14,500) shows:

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Strategic Priorities

UICSL is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) look-alike, and is classified by Indian Health Services (IHS) as a Limited- Health Care, and Outreach Referral Service of the Urban Indian Health Organization (UIHO.) Goals for 2020-2023 is to meet all the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  This new strategic plan is aligned with Indian Health Service’s Strategic Strategy (FY 2019-2023) which specifically relates to the priority of Quality Improvement.  As outlined, UICSL is preparing for AAAHC recognition (2021) by implementing a Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) model of care, while at the same time, improving and updating our existing policies, procedures, workflows, and staff engagement.  For the 2020 year, we have identified three major objectives: (1) To modernize our antiquated system by using HIT (Health Information Technology) model set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. (2) To enhance our (already) robust Behavioral Health services. This has been identified as a top priority and is considered a high need for our AI/AN living in our area. (3) To follow the “Strategic Options for Modernization of the Indian Health Service and Health Information” and “Strategic Options for Modernization of the Indian Health Service Health Information Technology Roadmap.”