Welcome to the Portland Area of the Indian Health Service
The Portland Area Indian Health Service provides access to health care for an estimated 150,000 American Indian/Alaska Native residents of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Health delivery services are provided by a mix of health centers, health stations, preventative health programs and urban programs. Health centers provide a wide range of clinical services and are open 40 hours each week. Health stations provide a limited range of clinical services and usually operate less than 40 hours a week. Preventive programs offer counseling and referral services.
The Area office operates federal health facilities in five Tribal communities and one at the Chemawa Indian School. Tribes operate health facilities under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Tribes administer more than 74 percent of the Portland Area budget through Self-Determination contracts or Self-Governance compacts. Three urban programs also offer services ranging from community health to comprehensive primary health care services.
The direct-service health centers operated by a combination of Tribal facilities and Urban Indian organizations, and the IHS provides and coordinates care to more than 40 Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The disparity of health status disproportionately affecting Northwest Indians is a primary concern for the Portland Area IHS, and each year specific, measurable clinical objectives are used to assess and improve the quality of care.