Indian Health Service: Shiprock
The Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) is responsible for the delivery of health services to American Indians in portions of the Four Corner States of AZ, NM, Utah. The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian tribe in the United States and has the largest reservation.
Comprehensive health care is provided by NAIHS through inpatient, outpatient contract, and community health programs centered around 6 hospitals, 7 health centers, and 15 health stations. A major portion of the NAIHS health care delivery system is sponsored by the Navajo Tribe itself, which operates the Navajo Division of Health with the mission of ensuring that quality and culturally acceptable health care is available and accessible to Native Americans through coordination, regulation, and where necessary, direct service delivery. The Navajo Nation provides a variety of health-related services in the areas of nutrition, aging, substance abuse, community health (e.g., outreach, school-based clinics, street medicine), and emergency medical services (e.g., ambulance).
IHS Shiprock, New Mexico
The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico is located in the Four Corners area of the United States where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah meet. The Shiprock Service Unit is the largest service unit of the Navajo Nation. Approximately 80,000 Native Americans (mostly Navajo) are enrolled at Northern Navajo Medical Center. A variety of services are available including internal medicine, family practice, urgent and emergency care, pediatrics, general surgery, women's health, mental health, respiratory therapy, outpatient rehabilitation services, pharmacy, optometry, dental, public health nursing, social services, health promotion/disease prevention, radiology, laboratory and benefits coordination.
Nearby are recreation opportunities that include fishing, hiking, biking, cross- country skiing and alpine skiing. Telluride, Durango, Canyonlands, Grand Gulch, the Colorado River, the San Juan River, several large lakes, and the Colorado Wilderness areas are just short drives away.
Approximate expenses for 1-month resident elective: $500-1000 for transportation, housing, and food.