UIHS Board of Directors

Two in Front left to right:

Laura Borden, Treasurer, Area 4 

Carol Larsen, Vice Chairperson, Area 3

Back Row from left to right:

Ruby Rollings, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, Alternate

Shirley Laos, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria

Melissa Myers, Member-at-Large, Area 5

Teresa Ballew, Chairperson, Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Dr. Joseph Giovannetti, Secretary, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

LaWanda Green, Elk Valley Rancheria

Gail Burcell, Area 3 Alternate

The history of the United Indian Health Services began in 1968. It was a time when Native activism coincided with the nation-wide Civil Rights Movement and the Office of Economic Opportunity programs. Together these factors helped create a new era of self-determination for Indian peoples.

In California, where health services were so lacking, Indian groups formed their own health organizations. Each maintained its separate programs but together they started the California Rural Indian Health Board Inc. (CRIHB), an organization which continues providing its members with a variety of quality improvement and advocacy services. Sheer determination, hard work and financial sacrifice paid off when UIHS became an official non-profit organization, ready to serve people in 1970. UIHS started with community outreach services. The first services provided on site were dental services.

UIHS continued to expand it’s services into nearly every large town within Humboldt County, as well as servicing tribal members from every Rancheria and Reservation in the areas of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. The use of UIHS mobile services allowed the clinic to provide services to tribal members who still lived in areas that had no electricity or telephones. Over the next twenty years UIHS outgrew four sites, started several satellite clinics, and went from offering basic visiting community health representative’s, dental and medical services to a thoroughly modern, full spectrum health service agency. Along the way UIHS has increasingly realized it’s goal of incorporating traditional values and customs into daily activities.

Our Service Areas

Area 1: In and around Del Norte County

Area 2: In and around Orick, Trinidad, Mckinleyville and Blue Lake (North of Mad River)

Area 3: In and around Arcata, Eureka and all points south to the Humboldt – Mendocino County line.

Area 4: In and around Hoopa and Willow Creek

Area 5: In and around Pecwan, Weitchpec and Orleans