HHS Small Ambulatory Program awards $55 million to 15 tribes and tribal organizations, including the Susanville Indian Rancheria

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Indian Health Service, awards $55 million in funding to 15 tribes and tribal organizations as part of the competitive Small Ambulatory Program to invest in the construction, expansion or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities.

According to a statement from HHS, the Susanville Indian Rancheria received $3,550,00 to construct a replacement facility.

“Tribal partners need access to culturally appropriate, quality health care, including preventative services for chronic diseases,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “To help meet that need, HHS is investing in the construction, expansion, and modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities. For nearly a quarter-century, HHS has been partnering with tribes and tribal organizations to ensure all communities have access to the care they need and deserve. Our ongoing support for the Small Ambulatory Program ensures this vital work keeps making a difference.”

“The IHS Small Ambulatory Program continues to support our tribal partners by expanding access to culturally appropriate, quality health care through a critical part of the Indian health system,” said IHS Director Roselyn Tso. “Since the program began in 2001, more than 79 projects have been funded, totaling more than $178 million.”

The IHS Small Ambulatory Program is expanding access to various outpatient services for patients, including offering new services, building on existing services and upgrading outdated facilities. Ninety five percent of tribally operated health care facilities provide primarily ambulatory services.

These services include preventative services for chronic diseases such as diabetes. Ambulatory care settings operated by tribes and tribal organizations also provide increased access to culturally appropriate, quality health care.

The IHS Office of Environmental Health and Engineering supports IHS and tribal communities by providing functional, well maintained health care facilities and staff housing, technical, and financial assistance to tribes on safe water and wastewater systems, and a broad range of environmental health and injury prevention activities throughout Indian country.

The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.8 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 574 federally recognized tribes in 37 states. Follow the agency via social media on FacebookX, and LinkedIn.