The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) provides an urban medical home to members of more than 200 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Approximately 60 percent of our clients are American Indian and/or Alaska Native, and 25 percent are under the age of 19. The remainder of our clientele is made up of a broad ethnic and age range that reflects the diverse communities that surround our clinic, located in the International District.
SIHB was established in 1970 as a volunteer medical clinic in response to the need for culturally appropriate, accessible health care services for Seattle’s American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. The mission of SIHB is to assist the AI/AN population in achieving the highest possible physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being through the provision of culturally appropriate services, and to advocate for the needs of all Indian people, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.
SIHB was established as a satellite site of the Swedish Cherry Hill residency in 1994. In-hospital rotations for SIHB residents are identical to the residents at the Swedish Cherry Hill site, while their ambulatory practice takes place at SIHB. Second and third-year residents also participate in two required ‘away’ months of community practice rotations at IHS or tribal facilities outside of Seattle. Residents at SIHB receive excellent training for careers in indigenous health care, such as the Indian Health Service (IHS) and rural or urban Indian health centers. These skills can be utilized by any family doctor interested in serving an underserved, resource-poor population in a culturally appropriate manner at home or abroad.
SIHB is an accredited community health center with on-site pharmacy, laboratory, WIC, diabetes educators, nutrition services, dental services, behavioral health programs in mental health and chemical dependency, and community health and case-management services. The SIHB also operates the Thunderbird Treatment Center, a 96-bed residential chemical-dependency program and the Chief Seattle Club which provides services for the homeless. The Urban Indian Health Institute, a research and grant writing unit serving the nations Urban Indian Health Clinics, is in an adjacent building. Residents also have special opportunities to learn about Indian health including participation in community outreach and exposure to traditional medicine.
A separate NRMP Match number 1755120C5 must be used when ranking the SIHB site. Applicants should mark the SIHB track designation when applying to the Swedish Cherry Hill Program through ERAS.