Set within a Detroit neighborhood, consumers are greeted with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Native American art decorates the social hall and parking lot. Consumers are alerted to the use of smudging on the premises through the display of signs throughout the buildings. Culturally relevant posters are displayed promoting health and wellness for communities, families, and consumers. AIHFS’s commitment to community, family, and individual wellness is evident through its programs, environment, and philosophies.
AIHFS combines evidence-based practices and culturally informed care to create a culturally relevant, healing environment for those seeking services. Through incorporation of traditional teachings and practices, spirituality, and western medicine, consumers can receive assistance in exploring and reaching their wellness goals. A multi-disciplinary team featuring social workers, clinicians, medical staff, prevention specialists, and many other dedicated and experienced staff provide a holistic approach to service.
AIHFS offers diabetes management, health education and outreach, HIV/AIDS testing and referrals, family and individual counseling, outpatient substance abuse treatment, suicide prevention: Sacred Bundle Project, Healthy Start, and many other physical and behavioral health services. The medical clinic serves individuals with and without insurance and offers a sliding fee discount for individuals without insurance. Native Americans enrolled in federally or state recognized tribes are eligible for free services without co-pays or deductibles.
Other services include hosting community events and pow wows, healthy cooking, fitness classes, and health education, financial empowerment coaching, emergency food and energy assistance, talking circles, and sweat lodges. Youth can participate in gardening, summer programs, teen groups, tutoring, and the Dream Seekers Youth Program as well as learn more about traditional teachings.
AIHFS is also a partner in the System of Care Implementation Grant: When We Work Together, Then We Are Wise “Pii Maamwinokiyaang Miidash Nibwaakaayaang that focuses on expanding the System of Care in Wayne County. This grant allows AIHFS and partners to build upon the existing System of Care to further reach underserved and vulnerable populations including American Indian/Alaskan Native and LGTBQ2S populations throughout Wayne County.
For more information and for a full list of services, please visit www.aihfs.org.