Seattle Indian Health Board
Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) held a community gathering to celebrate the opening of a new expansion clinic in Lake City, where they were joined by community and elected leaders. The clinic, located at 12736 33rd Ave NE, is the second expansion site the organization has opened in five weeks after opening one in Pioneer Square on August 18. SIHB’s main clinic, the Leschi Center, is located in the International District.
The gathering consisted of a traditional blessing and remarks from SIHB leaders, Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez, and North Helpline executive director Kelly Brown.
“I am so grateful to my colleagues and their tireless work to bring Native-led services to North Seattle,” said Esther Lucero (Diné), President and CEO of Seattle Indian Health Board. “It would not have been possible without our dedicated staff, the support of the community, and City Council President Debora Juarez. Our partners truly understand our vision and the importance of making culturally attuned services accessible throughout the city.”
The new 2,200-square foot clinic will have six exam rooms with two alternating full-time providers, two medical assistants, and a nurse. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. and provide medical, pharmacy, behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, and Traditional Indian Medicine services. SIHB will also provide dental services once a week from its mobile dental van.
Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez, a Blackfeet tribal member and Seattle’s District 5 representative, spoke at the event. Juarez has continued to show support for tribes and urban Indian organizations in the region by securing resources to address homelessness, establishing an Indigenous Advisory Council to advise elected officials and city staff on policy impacting urban Native populations, and addressing the missing and murdered Indigenous women and people (MMIWP) crisis in Seattle.
"Seattle Indian Health Board is a leader not only for Seattle’s Native community, but our entire community,” said Juarez. “They continue to be good partners that advocate for the people that need it most. They have shown why it is so important to blend culture and healthcare, which will be invaluable to the District 5 community.”
North Helpline, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency services and operates two food banks, is located within the same building as SIHB’s new clinic. The two organizations have partnered to identify ways to support each other’s patients and members to ensure they have access to essential services.
“I am so excited that the Seattle Indian Health Board is coming to Lake City,” said Kelly Brown, Executive Director of North Helpline. “Our neighbors are going to have access to services from medical professionals who not only have the expertise but care deeply for the people they serve. I can’t wait to see what we will be able to accomplish together.”