Native American Patients

Native American heritage is a vital and vibrant part of Albuquerque and New Mexico. Our mission is to serve the Native American community by promoting compassionate, high-quality health care and customer service.

Native American Health Services (NAHS) offers you and your family dedicated health care resources, including:

  • Priority access to admissions and outpatient clinic appointments
  • Patient care coordinators and community liaisons to help manage and coordinate appointments and follow-up
  • Referral coordination, such as with Indian Health Services Purchased Referred Care
  • Resolution of concerns

1952 Contract

When our community is healthy, everyone benefits. We honor our longstanding relationship with Native Americans by following the 1952 Contract [PDF], which outlines our dedication to providing high-quality health care for Native Americans in our community.

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The 1952 Contract is a federal contract between, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service (IHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Bernalillo Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Trustees of Bernalillo County Hospital and the State of New Mexico.

This contract is binding unless all parties agree to change the terms. No changes will be made without federal approval.

Learn your patients rights and responsibilities here or in a downloadable PDF in English or in Navajo.

Emergency Care

After you visit an emergency department or urgent care clinic, you must notify your HIS Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) office within 72 hours (three calendar days). IHS PRC determines eligibility for coverage based on:

  • Health coverage (Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance)
  • Tribal affiliation
  • Where you live
  • Whether you notified IHS within three days of care

If you have questions, call UNM NAHS at 505-272-1612 or 888-782-1612.

Pharmacy Services

Native Americans are not required to make co-payments for prescriptions that are written by UNM Hospital providers or clinicians and filled at the following UNM pharmacies in Albuquerque.

If you have any questions about filling your prescription, contact NAHS at 505-272-1612.

UNM Hospital Pharmacy
1209 University Blvd, NE

UNM Hospital Outpatient & Discharge Pharmacy
4th floor- Main Hospital
2211 Lomas Blvd NE

North Valley Family & Community Clinic Pharmacy
3401 Fourth Street NW Suite 106

Southeast Heights Clinic Pharmacy
8200 Central Ave SE, Suite 106

Southwest Mesa Clinic Pharmacy
301 Unser Blvd, NE

Contact Us

Native American Health Services
UNM Hospital
1st floor
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: 505-272-1612
Toll-free: 888-782-1612
After hours phone: 505-514-3538
Fax: 505-272-5128

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On-call hours:
Weekdays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.