One of twelve Area Offices of the Indian Health Service, the Albuquerque Area is responsible for the provision of health services to a number of distinctly different tribal groups. In New Mexico,the tribes served are the 19 Pueblos, the Jicarilla and Mescalero Apaches, and the Alamo, Canoncito and Ramah Chapters of the Navajo Nation. In Southern Colorado are the Southern Utes, and the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation (extending into a small portion of southern Utah). In Texas, the Ysleta Del Sur Reservation is served. Additionally, numerous tribal members from throughout the United States who live, work, or go to school in the urban centers of the Albuquerque Area are provided services in health facilities operated by the Indian Health Service.
The administrative headquarters of the Area are located in Albuquerque. The Area is divided into eight Service Units which deliver services at the community level. Most health facilities are strategically located near population centers and include five hospitals, eleven health centers, and twelve field clinics. These facilities are administratively divided into eight service delivery areas called “Service Units.” The Area’s extensive network provides the Indian people a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services.