Upcoming Events
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Contact Information
Upcoming Events
NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West
Sports Physicals/Immunizations
Back to School Immunization Clinics
Grand Opening - NATIVE HEALTH Community Health Center West
Women's Services
Patient Information
9th Annual Living Traditionally Youth Diabetes Prevention Camp
Caring for Elders?
WIC Open on Saturdays!
HIV Services
City of Phoenix - Student Volunteers
Can We Talk? ITCA Teen Pregnancy Program
Arizona Talking Book Library
Youth Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Tobacco Community Needs Assessment
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Contact Information
4520 North Central Avenue
      3rd Floor
Phoenix, Arizona  85012      
P (602) 279-5262
F (602) 279-5390

Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Walk In Hours:
Medical 8:00-10:00 a.m.
            1:00-3:00 p.m.

Emergency Dental
            8:00-10:00 a.m.
            12:00-2:00 p.m.

WIC Hours:

PIMC - 16th Street
7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(beginning July 25th - every other Saturday)

NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West
2423 West Dunlap
Phoenix, Arizona  85021
P (602) 279-5351
F (602) 279-5361

Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
Walk In Hours:
8:00-10:00 a.m.
1:00-3:00 p.m.

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James - volunteer

James, one of NATIVE HEALTH's longest volunteers!

Johanna - Alternate Resource Rep.

Johanna, Alternate Resource Representative.  Johanna is able to help people sign up for AHCCCS, Kid's Care, Emergency Cash Assistance and other programs. 

Valley Diaper Bank

Valley of the Sun Diaper Bank donations for NATIVE HEALTH.  Thank you for your generous donation!  Many families will be helped.


Dr. S. Hassan, NATIVE HEALTH volunteer.  Dr. Hassan volunteers over 20 hours per week.  NATIVE HEALTH thanks Dr. Hassan for his continued assistance.


Jovanni, winner of City of Phoenix scholarship.  Jovanni was placed at NATIVE HEALTH for the Entrepreneur Program and has volunteered at NATIVE HEALTH for the past two years. Congratulations Jovanni! 


Benita from the American Cancer Society presenting information to interested community members on cancer and services available. 

Can We Talk? Photo

ITCA staff presenting the "Can We Talk?" program about communicating with your teens about self esteem and teen pregnancy to the community. This was a very successful event! 
Upcoming Events
July 7th - Open enrollment for GED at Phoenix Indian Center. 9:00 a.m. Native American Community Service Center, 4520 North Central Avenue, 2nd Floor (Phoenix Indian Center).  Must have two forms of ID.  The Adult Learning Center is a "free" program, open to everyone.  Childcare is available for GED students (5 years of age and younger).  Limited seating available.  First come, first served basis.  For more information contact Phoenix Indian Center, Adult Education, Beatrice or Olivia at (602) 264-6768 x 2311/2312.

July 8th - Teen Clinic - Gila River Health Care - Family Planning Mobile Health Clinic (520) 562-5150. 

July 9-12th - Nick Lowery Youth Foundation's Nation Building for Native Youth 2009 Summer Leadership Institute in Scottsdale.  For more information contact Lynn Kickingbird at (888) 340-5661 or 

July 11th - NABI Final Four & Championship Games.  US Airways Center. 

July 12th - 11th Annual Native American Recognition Day - Arizona Diamondbacks.  Florida Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.  Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m., game begins at 1:10 p.m.  The Diamondbacks are the only Major League Baseball club to honor Native Americans with a Recognition Day and All Native American Youth Baseball Tournament.  To purchase tickets contact Phoenix Indian Center at (602) 264-6768 x 2103. 

July 13th - Native American Recognition Days Board Meeting - Public Invited - 6:00 p.m. Native American Community Service Center - 4520 North Central Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room.

July 15th - Deadline for Phoenix Indian Medical Center Auxiliary Health Career Award.  Eligibility: Applicant should have a firm commitment to complete studies for a health related career with I.H.S. or Tribal Health Clinics.  Must be enrolled and accepted into the health program of their career.  Applicant must be AI/AN with documentation of Tribal enrollment.  For more information, application, and additional priorities call (602) 263-1576.

July 18-19th - 21st Annual Gila River Youth Conference - Ages 13-21.  Workshops, Youth Council Elections, Traditional Games, etc.  (520) 562-1866.

July 21-22nd - Organizing to End Violence Against Women in Native Communities - Regional Training.  Prescott Resort Conference Center.  Contact Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition at (602) 266-8434 or email 

August 4-7th - I.H.S. 2009 Behavioral Health Conference - St. Paul, Minnesota. 

August 7th/8th - Early Childhood Care and Family Development Conference - Southwestern Institute for the Education of Native Americans (SIENA) - 

August 18th - Arizona Geriatrics Society - Transcultural Aspects of Aging and Healthcare - 

September 18th - 6th Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia in Native Americans - Tucson, Arizona.  Email:

September 25th - Take Charge!  Native American Leadership Today Conference - Southwestern Institute for the Education of Native Americans (SIENA) -

October 28th - Native American Women's Health Expo - Phoenix Indian Medical Center. 

November 3-5 National Johnson O'Malley Association Conference - Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona.

November 4-6 Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) is seeking proposals to present at the 4th Annual Native American Fatherhood National Conference.  There are three tracks: Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.  They are seeking presenters.  Deadline is July 1.  For more information contact NAFFA at (480) 833-5007 or

November 7th - American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - 3 mile walk.  Tempe Beach Park. 

November 19th - Brown Bag presentation - NATIVE HEALTH - Banner Alzheimer's Institute - Alzheimer's Information and questions and answers.  Free dessert provided.

May 4th-6th, 2010 - AI/AN Long Term Care Conference - Phoenix, Arizona. 

These events are listed as a community service but are not endorsed by NATIVE HEALTH. 
Volume 3, Issue 7          
  July 2009

NATIVE HEALTH is growing! 

The summer season is now upon us and it brings many exciting things for the NATIVE HEALTH community.  Our second clinic site, NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West is now open after much planning and preparation and is officially licensed and will begin seeing patients on Monday, July 13th.  This clinic is located at 2423 West Dunlap and will be accepting multiple AHCCCS Dr. Zand insurance plans.  The phone number of the new clinic is (602) 279-5351. You can call today for an appointment. The Grand Opening will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on August 19, 2009.  Please watch for more information.  

I recently received a very complimentary email from a satisfied patient.  "Thank you NACHCI (NATIVE HEALTH) for all of the services you provide.  Last week I visited your family practitioner, Dr. Miller.  Your fabulous staff treated me with respect, professionalism and as an individual; from checking in for my appointment, medical exam and making sure I followed through with my prescription.  Your staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, kind and supportive.  Thank you for making my appointment a positive experience."

We love to hear wonderful things about our staff and to know that we are meeting the community needs.  If you have anything you would like to say regarding our services please let us know.  We like the positive support but are open to criticism that will make us better.  We are listening. 

NATIVE HEALTH would like to welcome the following new Board of Directors, Pearline Kirk and Katie Stevens.  In addition, the following members were elected to the Executive Committee: Kim Russell, President; Steve Ninham, Vice President; Teresa Aseret-Manygoats, Secretary; and Randy Evans, Treasurer; Katie Stevens, Member at Large. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment and service to NATIVE HEALTH. 

Effective July 1st our Dental Clinic has a new fee policy change.  That new policy is as follows:  With exception to enrolled members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, all Native American adults who do not have dental insurance coverage or are not covered under a tribal dental program will be charged $50.00 for the initial examination to set up the treatment plan.  If you have questions regarding this new change please call us.  This policy does not apply to children at this time.

We often get calls asking about AHCCCS and other services.  Did you know our Alternate Resource Representative offers fast, personalized, free online assistance to enroll for AHCCCS, Cash Assistance/TANF, and Food Stamp Applications?  Call Johanna at (602) 279-5262 x 3412 for an appointment at NATIVE HEALTH - Central or email email Johanna. She can assist you with many of your needs.  If you would like assistance at NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West contact Monica Bojorques at (602) 279-5351 x3505 or email Monica.

As each of you move through this summer season remember to keep NATIVE HEALTH in mind when you are making plans for your charitable contributions or when you are looking for a place to volunteer.  Last year over 3,500 hours of volunteer service were performed.  The national "value" of volunteers is $20.25 per hour.  That means NATIVE HEALTH volunteers "donated" over $70,875 worth of service.  Our volunteers are very important to us, helping in many different ways.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping.

Happy Summer!  May your travels be safe.


Richard L. Zephier, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer

NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West

The newest NATIVE HEALTH clinic, NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West is now taking appointments for July 13th.   NH westNATIVE HEALTH - West will accept multiple AHCCCS and insurance plans. Transportation is available to assist those with need to gain access to medical care. This clinic is open to anyone, regardless of income.  We welcome you to call or visit for more Dr. Rastogi with patientinformation. NATIVE HEALTH - West is located at 2423 West Dunlap in Phoenix.  To schedule an appointment call (602) 279-5351 or fax (602) 279-5361. The Clinic will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and patients can come in or call regarding same day appointments between 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. (calling in advance is always helpful to our staff and will very likely diminish your time spent in the waiting area). You can also email email Monica for an appointment. 
Additional information is also available on the NATIVE HEALTH Website.   All patients should bring photo ID, insurance or AHCCCS card or proof of income to qualify for AHCCCS or our sliding scale payment plan.

Dr. Nirek Rastogi is the Family Practice Physician for NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West.  He has had experience working in Community Health Centers and years of experience providing primary care. Welcome, Dr. Rastogi!
CHC West Clinic Staff
We look forward to serving everyone in the community, regardless of insurance!

Please plan on attending the NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West Grand Opening on Wednesday, August 19th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  at 2423 West Dunlap. Watch for more details!
NATIVE HEALTH - Sports Physicals and Immunizations Clinics
NATIVE HEALTH will host Sports Physicals/Immunization Clinics at NATIVE HEALTH - Central (4520 North Central Avenue, 3rd Floor) and the newest clinic, NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West (2423 West Dunlap) on Wednesday, July 22nd noon-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25th 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  First come, first served, at a cost of $25.00 cash.  These physicals are open to anyone.  The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) requires high school students to be cleared before playing sports.  Click here for the AIA Sports Physical Form. 

For more information please call Susan at (602) 279-5262 x 3302 or email Susan.
Back to School Immunization Clinics
NATIVE HEALTH will be providing Back to School Immunization Clinics at NATIVE HEALTH - Central (4520 North Central Immunization Avenue, 3rd Floor) and the newest clinic, NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West (2423 West Dunlap) on Wednesday, July 29th from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  

For more information call Susan at (602) 279-5262 x 3302 or email her.
NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West Grand Opening
You are invited to attend the
NATIVE HEALTH - Community Health Center West
Grand Opening
Wednesday, August 19th
2423 West Dunlap Avenue
3:00-6:00 p.m.

Watch for more details!

For more information contact Susan at (602) 279-5262 x 3302 or email Susan.
Women's Services

Am I In A Relationship Which May Lead to Domestic Violence?

1.  Are you frightened of your partner's temper?
2.  Are you compliant because you are afraid of your partner's anger?
3.  Are you compelled to rescue your partner from their own consequences?
4.  Do you apologize for your partner's bad treatment of you?
5.  Have you been hit, kicked, shoved or had things thrown at you by your partner when your partner was jealous/angry?
6.  Does your partner drink a lot or use drugs?
7.  Was your partner abused as a child or witnessed abuse as a child?

If you answered yes to even one question you may be in an abusive relationship or at risk for an abusive home environment.

Please call NATIVE HEALTH Women's Services at (602) 279-5262 x 3301 or x 3209 for more information.
Patient Information - Parents Needed!

NATIVE HEALTH would like to remind all patients that children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Also, if you are a new patient, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment and bring all requested documentation with you.  For more information contact Earl at (602) 279-5262 x 3405 or email Earl.  
9th Annual Living Well Traditionally Youth Diabetes Prevention Camp - July 14th-17th

The NATIVE HEALTH 9th Annual Living Well Traditionally Youth Diabetes Prevention Camp is scheduled for mid July. The camp is for Native American youth, 9-12 years old.  There is a $50.00 application fee, Chauncy Ranch 1however, there are no additional charges to attend this camp.  The purpose of this program is to educate youth about diabetes prevention, ways to delay the onset of diabetes and promote healthier lives with positive lifestyle changes.  The program utilizes traditional arts and crafts, nutritional curriculum, and  athletic activities.  Volunteers are encouraged to apply as camp counselors.  A limit of 80 campers will be accepted. 

For more information contact Cheryle Litzin at (602) 279-5262 x 3411 or email Cheryle.
  Caring for Elders?
Are you or someone you know caring for an elder or disabled adult?  Do you have questions about services, long term Eldercare, supplies, and transportation?  Do you know where to start and who to ask?  The Area Agency on Aging, Region One (Phoenix) will be presenting "Caring for Elders?" Brown Bag luncheon on Friday, August 28th from noon-1:00 p.m. at NATIVE HEALTH (6th Floor Conference Room).  Dessert will be provided by NATIVE HEALTH.

For more information about this very important community program contact Susan at (602) 279-5262 x 3302 or email Susan.
WIC Opens on Saturday!
Changes are happening in WIC!  NATIVE HEALTH operates two WIC Clinics, one at 4520 North Central Avenue, 3rd Floor NH Babyand one at Phoenix Indian Medical Center (16th Street/Indian School). 

The WIC at Phoenix Indian Medical Center (16th Street) will be open every other Saturday, from 8:00-noon beginning Saturday, July 25th for your convenience. Other Saturdays include August 8, 22nd, September 4th and 18th.  Call ahead now!

Existing WIC clients that refer new WIC families will receive a small incentive. 

Our new WIC Director, Rani Patel, Ph.D., is also available to speak at community events.  Dr. Patel brings years of nutrition experience to NATIVE HEALTH.  If you would like to speak with her please call (602) 279-5262 x 3313 or email Dr. Patel.
HIV Services
NATIVE HEALTH conducts HIV walk in testing on Monday, Tuesday at Saturday at 1010 East McDowell Road, Suite 103 from 10:00-1:30 and 3:00-6:30.  This testing is for the HIV AIDS Ribbongeneral public.  This is a free and confidential test with results in ten minutes.  Walk ins are welcome!  For more information contact Orenda or call her at (602) 279-5262 x 3212.

NATIVE HEALTH also provides walk in testing on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 4520 North Central, 3rd Floor. 

The 2009 AIDS Walk will be Sunday, October 4th.  NATIVE HEALTH is again a benefactor of Aunt Rita's Foundation.  Aunt Rita's Foundation is a volunteer driven nonprofit charity whose focus is to raise money for and distribute equally to Central Arizona charities that either have programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or to assist those living with HIV/AIDS.  For more information contact Aunt Rita's Foundation.

If you are interested in joining or helping with the NATIVE HEALTH 2009 AIDS Walk Team please contact Orenda for more information.
City of Phoenix places students at NATIVE HEALTH
This year 26 students will be completing the Entrepreneurial Education and Internship Program through the City of Phoenix.  NATIVE HEALTH was fortunate to receive two City of Phoenix Volunteeroutstanding students.  This program provides an opportunity for young adults 16-25 years of age to learn about business.  The students attend GateWay Community College and obtain credits in addition to working at local businesses.  The students work in teams to create business plans and will be competing for scholarships for secondary education. 

This program was made possible through a generous grant from the Phoenix Community Development Investment Corporation.  In addition, funding and support are also provided by Arizona Call-A-Teen, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and GateWay Community College. NATIVE HEALTH appreciates the opportunity to work with these wonderful youth! 
NATIVE HEALTH hosting ITCA Teen Pregnancy Presentations - August and September
NATIVE HEALTH will be hosting an Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, special presentation "Can We Talk? Workshop" for parents, Can We Talk Logograndparents, guardians and anyone with children and teens.  This program will be held on August 19th and September 17th at the Native American Community Service Center, 4520 North Central Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  "Can We Talk?" is a nationally recognized program that provides parents and educators an opportunity and resources to help families talk about substance abuse, teen pregnancy, STD's and other issues.  The workshop will focus on self-esteem, puberty and sexuality, mixed messages, and peer pressure. 

This program is limited to the first 50 participants.  Please bring a brown bag for dinner.  Dessert and snacks will be provided.  For more information contact Glenda at (602) 307-1530 or email Glenda.  No childcare is provided. 
NATIVE HEALTH Hosts the Arizona Talking Book Library 

NATIVE HEALTH will be hosting the Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library on Tuesday, September 29th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at NATIVE HEALTH.  This will be a brown bag seminar.  Please bring your lunch and NATIVE HEALTH will provide dessert. talking book

The Arizona Talking Book Library provides audio books, book players, and Braille for persons who can not use standard print books.  This service is not limited to the blind.  In addition, local and specialty items are available including magazines.  Clients also receive audio players free of charge.  Clients are assigned an individual librarian to help them place book orders and answer technical questions.  All services are provided free (including postage) to those who qualify.

For more information contact Susan at (602) 279-5262 x 3302 or email Susan
Youth Substance Abuse Treatment Program
NATIVE HEALTH continues to offer an Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program. This Treatment Program has many effective attributes including individual counseling, encouragement of family involvement, encouragement of sober social activities, and training for enhanced life skills. 

If you are unsure of whether your teen may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol, here are a few signs:
*A change in friends or social group;
*Drastic change in attitude;
*Your child becomes more distant or more private; or
*A change in eating habits.

These are only some of the signs.  Please contact us to assist you in helping your teen making healthier choices.  Please contact Wendy Philpot at (602) 279-5262 x 3210 or email Wendy.
Tobacco Community Needs Assessment - Coming Soon!
NATIVE HEALTH, along with Tucson Indian Center and various tribes will be conducting a Tobacco Community Needs Assessment in the fall.  The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona has contracted with these agencies to provide a Community Needs Assessment regarding tobacco and health information.  Keep watching for more details.