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Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. (DIHFS) is an Urban Indian Health Program providing services to the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community in the Denver area since 1978. Denver was one of the original sites for relocation of Indian people from their home reservations and continues to be a nucleus of Indian people. The population is comprised of people who have lived in Denver for over 40 years and produced second and third generation Denver natives as well as those who are transient and move to and from reservations on a regular basis. Although Denver is centrally located within “Indian Country”, it is isolated from tribal health and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. Over the years, our service area has grown to include the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area.
We offer programs and services in the areas of basic primary care and referrals for advanced or specialty care; vision and dental care; behavioral health services, including substance abuse and mental health; family-planning, childbirth, newborn, and well-baby care; rapid HIV/AIDS testing; and, diabetes and wellness programs, including personal fitness assessments, tailored fitness and nutritional plans, and use of the gym. In 2004 we partnered with University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science to open a 340B on-site pharmacy. We also operate a very successful program aimed to narrow the gap in Medicaid and CHIP coverage experienced by AI/AN’s.
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of Denver Indian Health and Family Services is to provide culturally competent services that promote quality health for American Indian and Alaskan Native adults, children, and families in the Denver metropolitan area.
DIHFS was founded in 1978 as the result of a needs assessment that called for the co-location of medical services for the Indian community at one site; the provision of health education in addition to primary services; and, the delivery of services in a manner that was comfortable to Indian patients.
DIHFS opens it's doors at South King Street.
DIHFS forms a partnership with University of Colorado's Skagg School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, to open a 340B on-site pharmacy.
DIHFS relocates to 1633 Fillmore Street in the City Park Neighborhood.
DIHFS relocates to 2880 West Holden Place in the Sun Valley Neighborhood.
CEO Del Nutter retires and COO Adrianne Maddux is appointed Executive Director.