About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
The Mission of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is to provide excellent health care to American Indians.
In 1969, a group of volunteer physicians came together to fill a health care void by providing services five hours weekly to the under-served American Indian population in central Oklahoma. At that time, the closest American Indian health care clinic was 40 miles away, and the two nearest American Indian hospitals were almost a two-hour drive.
Oklahoma City American Indian community leaders, physicians, and clergy petitioned U.S. Congress to make good on treaties that agreed to provide health care to members of federally recognized tribes. Congress then made appropriations to address health care access barriers faced by central Oklahoma Indians. From these appropriations, the Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council dba Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) was incorporated in 1974 and moved to a 7,500 sq. ft. storefront in downtown Oklahoma City. Over the next twenty years, the clinic grew to a staff of 38 full-time employees, including two full-time providers, a pharmacist, and a dentist.
In 1995, the building’s conditions were deteriorating and the clinic needed more space. With special appropriations from the federal government and Indian Health Service (IHS), OKCIC moved to the state-of-the-art 27,000 sq. ft. Corrine Y. Halfmoon Medical Building. The staff, serving 35,000 annual visits, welcomed four times the workspace.
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