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Over 50 years in service to our community


IHC Overview

Indian Health Council is a healthcare institution serving nine federally recognized consortium tribes of the Native American reservations in San Diego’s north county region.


This non-profit 501 (c) (3) entity occupies two Health Centers in Rincon and Santa Ysabel; headquartered in the Rincon Health Center.


Indian Health Council is collectively representative of several clinical divisions including: Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Pharmacy. IHC operates under the guidance of its Administration Department and operates two Health Centers under with the tireless work from Support Services. A multitude of programs and services are performed through several other department including, but not limited to; Health Promotions, Research and Student Development and Tribal Family Services.


Nine tribes and associated reservation populations are served by and participate in the IHC Healthcare Consortium:

  • La Jolla Band of Luiseño Mission Indians

  • Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla & Cupeño Indians

  • Pala Band of Mission Indians

  • Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

  • Mesa Grande Band of  Mission Indians

  • Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

  • Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

  • Inaja-Cosmit Band of Indians.

It all began in 1970

Founded in January 1970, Indian Health Council, Incorporated began providing bare-bones medical and dental services to the Native American communities of the San Diego, CA region. In 1976 IHC held a star-studded Grand Opening of its 5,000 sq. ft. facility on the Rincon Reservation. On hand for the opening were Courtney and Robert Kennedy Jr. In 1977 IHC installed a 3,800 sq. ft. modular unit on the Santa Ysabel Reservation to provide easier access for remote tribes to medical services. In 1992 the Indian Health Service honored IHC as “Most Outstanding Rural Indian Health Program in California.” 


Initially proposed in 1991 IHC finally celebrated the Grand Opening of a state-of-the-art 51,000 sq. ft. facility adjacent to their long-time location on the Rincon Reservation in 2000. The IHC Rincon Health Center continues to serve as IHC's headquarters today. IHC created a California Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH) in 2001 to promote greater Tribal control over consortium healthcare. Also in 2001 IHC attained the prestigious Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC). AAAHC accreditation demonstrates IHC’s commitment to providing high quality healthcare and places continuous improvement at the center of our culture.  Additional accreditation as both a Medical Home and a Dental Home recognizes IHC’s approach to patient centered care for all services delivered throughout the organization.  This approach sets the foundation for delivering accessible, comprehensive, team-based continuity of care organized to meet the needs of the individual patient.  


In 2003 IHC opened a second health center with a new 6,100 sq. ft. Santa Ysabel Community Health Center to continue serving top-tier medical and dental services to the more remote communities of San Diego’s Native American populations. 


IHC celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020 and continues to grow, innovate and work towards empowering native wellness into the future.

Children wait for their turn outside the original IHC medical home.

Courtney and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the ribbon cutting for IHC's 5000 sq. ft. facility in 1976.

IHC's 51,000 sq. ft. Rincon Health Center opened in 2000.


IHC's 6,100 sq. ft. Santa Ysabel Health Center opened in 2003.

Indian Health Council partners with numerous grant funded programs and local institutions to implement culturally-aware programs and events promoting good health and mental wellness through a combination of modern medicine and traditional, cultural medicine practices.


Indian Health Council works to encourage, train and promote native people into positions in healthcare (CA-NARCH). The organization also works to enhance the work-experience for natives currently in courses of collegiate studies, research and development.

IHC Rincon Health Center


50100 Golsh Road

Valley Center, CA 92082



IHC Rincon Health Center


Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 6:30 pm


Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 6:30 pm

IHC Santa Ysabel Health Center


110 1/2 School House Canyon Rd.

Santa Ysabel, CA 92070



IHC Santa Ysabel Community Health Clinic




9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Closed 12-1pm



8:00 am - 430 pm

Closed 12-1pm


General Dentistry & Hygiene

Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Hygiene Only

Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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