NCUIH Development

NCUIH as a Non Profit Enterprise

Positioning --Competitive Advantage
NCUIH is strategically positioned to be the voice of the urban Indian population before federal agencies as well as the major hub of information; that is, a gravitational center of information and resources from which both the urban Indian population and varied institutions kinds can draw and transfer information into. As the only membership organization for the Urban Indian Health Programs, NCUIH is today the link between policy and reality the only representative of unique Urban Indian Programs before federal institutions and as such it is qualified to:

  • Bringing urban and tribal leaders together to establish a continuous flow of communication
  • Cultivating and coordinating relationships between UIHPs and major mainstream health research centers and universities.
  • Creating the necessary awareness among mainstream media outlets and broadcasting agencies.
  • Fostering political and managerial leadership among urban Indian youth.
  • Establishing connections between major private foundations and UIHPs 

The Urban Indian Health Sector (target identification)
Sector Size: Considering the current migration trends (from reservations into urban settings), UIHPs clientele is expected to increase in the coming years. Although the extent to which urban Indian population can be accurately assessed is still a matter of debate, however the 2010 Census this population comprises of well over 71% of all Americans identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native (approximately 5.2 million) More..

The urban Indian population directly impacts the NCUIH membership and the services they provide because all AI/ANs living in urban settings are potential (and direct) clients of these programs. This in turn has an indirect impact on NCUIH, given its relationship with the UIHPs.

Taking the above into consideration, we can safely surmise that NCUIHs direct or primary target is its membership. By the same token, it can be inferred that NCUIHs secondary target is comprised of by urban Indian communities themselves seeking healthcare assistance from NCUIHs membership.

Clients Profile
Direct Clients: NCUIHs direct clients are all of the Urban Indian Health Programs constituting its Membership. Members provide an array of medical services to the urban Indian and metropolitan communities (in some cases, event to the larger community) in which they are located. More..

Some Urban Indian Health Programs are full primary medical providers (including behavioral and mental health as well as traditional American Indian healing) while others serve as referral centers. All of them, however, provide essential outreach and therefore a culturally relevant lifeline to their local urban Indian community. The 35 Urban Indian Health Programs are located in areas of the country to which the urban Indian population has migrated. These states/cities are: California (Los Angeles area, Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland.

Indirect Clients (patients): Through its work, NCUIH also represents the health needs of all the 5.2 million American Indian/ Alaska Natives who live in urban settings. More…

It is important to mention that NCUIH and its membership provide services to all urban Indian people regardless of tribal origin. Native American tribes share some culture and traditions, their cultural and legal differences are what is most generally acknowledge and accepted. UIHPs serve AI/AN patients regardless of their tribal affiliation and promote cultural activities, which are based on shared experiences, traditions and cultural values.