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

Phone: 505-272-1612
Toll-free: 1-888-782-1612
Fax: 505-272-5128
After hours: 505-514-3538

Days/Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
5-11 p.m. on call
Weekends/holidays on call


Native American Affairs
UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
Joyce Naseyowma, M.P.H.
Office: 505-994-7365
Cell: 505-274-6075

When our community is healthy, everyone benefits. So you can trust UNM Health System to honor our longstanding relationship with Native Peoples and respect our 1952 Contract [PDF] to provide access to health care for Native Americans.

UNM Hospitals

If you're a Native American who lives on or off tribal lands, UNM Hospitals give you priority access to care, taking into consideration the medical necessity of all our patients. You're assigned a primary care provider who provides preventive care, helps you manage your health and coordinates specialty care. A patient representative can help you access these services.

Information in Navajo

If you or your loved one is more comfortable communicating in Navajo, take advantage of UNM Hospital's free medical interpreter services. Your interpreter also can read you the patient bill of rights – a document that explains your rights and responsibilities as a health care patient.

View a video explaining interpreter services and financial services:

Receiving Emergency Care

Within 72 hours of visiting UNM Hospital's emergency department, notify your Indian Health Service (IHS) or home Contract Health Services (CHS) office to ensure proper billing. IHS/CHS will determine eligibility [PDF] for payment based on:

  • Where you live.
  • Alternate resources available.
  • Whether you notified IHS within three days of care.

To learn more or get help notifying your home service unit, call the UNM Hospitals Native American Health Services Helpline at 505-272-1612.

Filling your prescriptions

If you're a qualifying Native American, you don't need to make copayments for formulary prescriptions filled at the UNM Hospital pharmacy. For help determining where to fill your prescription, call 505-272-1612.

Specialized behavioral health services

Get access to culturally appropriate and quality behavioral health services for Native American populations in New Mexico.

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center

Native American Affairs (NAA) at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center helps make sure you get quality health resources and medical care. Rely on us to:

  • Coordinate service agreements with tribal health centers and Indian Health Service clinics regarding billing, patient information and scheduling.
  • Advocate for you and your family.
  • Help your providers understand and respect your cultural needs.
  • Provide education and information on Native American health issues.

Native American Artwork

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center commissioned artwork from Native American tribes in Sandoval County to display at the medical center. Each piece reflects a particular tribe's and artist's perspective on health, healing and community.

Spiritual Gifts by Marcellus Medina, Zia Pueblo

"Spiritual Gifts" by Marcellus Medina, Zia Pueblo

This 6'-by-26” painting on the medical center's first floor represents courage, love, faith, hope and enlightenment. The ethereal mural of clouds, butterflies, birds and “Indian angels” symbolizes rejuvenation, vitality and the connectedness of all things. At the center, the "Mother of the Universe" holds the cosmic energy force for healing of the heart, mind, body and soul. As a whole, the piece tells a story of life and universal faith portrayed through symbols and images considered sacred in Zia Pueblo.

Life by Felix Vigil, Jicarilla Apache

"Life" by Felix Vigil, Jicarilla Apache

This piece is inspired by the bear dance ceremony that represents healing and well-being. “While we live in a modern society, there is always a close connection to the vision of our ancestors. We carry on as people who are proud of our cultural heritage and learn new things to survive and thrive in a modern world,” Vigil said. “I incorporated different images that are important and held sacred to our Jicarilla culture. However, these images are my interpretation and don't expose any cultural elements that are private.”

The painting is permanently displayed on the third floor atrium by the intensive care unit and the community conference room.

Pueblo of Jemez

The Pueblo of Jemez dedicated these five pieces to UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in 2013. Displayed in the second-floor lobby, each piece represents the traditional values of the Pueblo and symbolize health, creation, nutrition, union, prayer, Mother Earth, comfort and peace. Together, the artwork communicates that "Health is a gift; it is a part of our Creation."

Art from Jemez Pueblo

Tapestry: "Spiritual Nutrition" by Martha Chosa
Clay figurine: "Song of Hope" by Lynn Toledo
Frames: Joseph Loretto Sr.

Art from Jemez Pueblo

Wedding vase: "United as One" by Rosalie Toya
Painting: "Mother Earth's Blessing" by Laura Fragua-Cota
Frames: Joseph Loretto Sr.

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