Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., started in 2000 as a single service corporation providing medical, dental and health care needs for rural communities in southeastern Utah. In September 1999, the Navajo Utah Commission recommended that the local community manage the health care services in the area. Supporting Resolutions were received from the Navajo Utah Commission, the Navajo Division of Health, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, Utah Navajo Trust Fund, Dineh Committee, Navajo Nation Council Delegates, the San Juan County Commission, and the Navajo Nation President and Vice-President's office. Resolutions were also received by all three local Navajo Chapters; Aneth, Oljato, and Navajo Mountain.
UNHS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of Utah that functions under the direction of a 100 percent Navajo Board of Directors. Given the rural location and the medically underserved population we serve, UNHS is proud to be a federally designated 330(e) Community Health Center system.
Financial viability and operating efficiency are achieved by our state-of-the art electronic medical records system, our dedicated billing staff, providers, and supporting staff. We are also aware that our duty of fiscal responsibility to the community obligates us to aggressively pursue all private and governmental grant funding. A full 25% of our funding comes from grants. By procuring funds that would otherwise go elsewhere, we are able to expand services while supporting the local economy. We receive no county or state tax funding.
Though we are not part of the IHS (Indian Health Services), we maintain a working relationship with the IHS via a contract created under P.L. 93-638, Title V. Utah Navajo Health System has also received the support of The Utah Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF). The trust fund was created under Utah Code, Title 63, Chapter 88 to account for various revenues received by the State, the majority of which represents a portion of the oil royalties from the Aneth Extension of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Both entities have helped make quality health care a reality for the residents of the northern strip of the Navajo Nation.