American Indian/Alaskan Native

American Indian/Alaskan Native

Partnering with federal agencies and tribal communities, our work aims to increase access to health professionals, health centers, and affordable health care in hopes of eliminating tribal health inequities.

HRSA creates opportunities for collaboration between Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities and tribal organizations to improve access to care for American Indians and Alaska Natives. These natural partners provide comprehensive, culturally acceptable, accessible, affordable health care to improve the lives of tribal populations.

HRSA & IHS Priorities

To help tribal organizations maximize the impact of key government programs, HRSA and IHS identified the following priorities:

  • Increase Urban Indian Health participation in the Health Center Program.
  • Improve usage of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation to tribal populations
    • Shortage Designation Criteria:
      • Members of Indian tribes are automatically designated as population HPSAs.
      • Outpatient health programs or facilities operated by a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self-Determination Act, or by an urban Indian organization receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, are considered Federally Qualified Health Centers, and thus automatically designated HPSAs.
  • Support the workforce through health professions programs and the National Health Service Corps.
  • Enhance participation in the HRSA competitive grants process.
  • Provide greater technical assistance from HRSA regional offices.

Tribal Health Resources

Agencies and Organizations

Policy Updates


Date Last Reviewed:  October 2017