Welcome to the Tucson Area of the Indian Health Service
The Tucson Area is the smallest of the IHS Areas, serving the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Health services for the Tohono O’odham are centered in Sells, AZ, capital of the Tohono O’odham Reservation and hub of reservation life. Health care in the Sells Service Unit is a joint effort between IHS and the Tohono O’odham Health Department. The Yaqui Service Unit is jointly managed by IHS and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Services are rendered directly and indirectly through a non-traditional, innovative system of subcontracts.
The Tucson Area Sells Service Unit (SSU) operates a Joint Commission-accredited 14-bed hospital in Sells, AZ, and three outpatient health centers on the Tohono O'odham Nation reservation, serving approximately 20,000 patients annually. Health care services for the Pascua Yaqui Tribal members of Pima County are provided through a Tribal Self-Determination Act (PL 93-638 contract) with approximately 7,000 users. They have a combined caseload of approximately 185,000 outpatient visits a year.
This Area’s mission is to provide and sustain the delivery of high-quality health care with skilled, motivated and dedicated Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Indian Program care teams.
The Area continuously improves the health status of American Indian people and communities by ensuring the delivery of high-quality health services, as well as trust, communication, respect, education, involvement and partnering between I/T/U teams and other community stakeholders.