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Our Past:

The Yakutat Community Health Center (YCHC)  is owned and operated by the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, a federally recognized tribe, and receives P.L. 93-638 funding through the Alaska Tribal Health Compact and the Health Resource Services Agency (HRSA).  The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe assumed management of the Health Center from Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc., in 1997.

It is the policy of Yakutat Community Health Center to make health care affordable by offering a sliding scale discount to patients who qualify based on family size and income level in accordance with the Federal Poverty Guidelines as published and updated annually in the Federal Register. According to this policy, patients are responsible for the payment of minimum charges or discounted charges after the discount has been taken.  To see if you qualify for a discounted rate, please download and complete our Sliding Fee Application.

Our Present:

“We serve all members of the community regardless of

Tribal enrollment status or ability to pay.”


The YCHC is a Title V Tribal Health Organization (THO). THOs are outpatient health programs or facilities operated by a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self-Determination Act, or by an urban Indian organization receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and are considered FQHCs and are automatically designated a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).”     

The YCHC is also a HRSA 330 site, we are a Federally Qualified Health Center which means:

  • We offer services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay

  • We offer a sliding fee discount program

  • We are a nonprofit public organization

  • We serve a medically underserved area or population

  • We provide comprehensive primary care services

  • We have an ongoing quality assurance program

  •  We serve all members of the community regardless of Tribal enrollment status or ability to pay

Our Future:

The YCHC is committed to providing quality care and we continue to expand our services whenever possible.  Our future plans include:

  • Behavioral Healthcare Center Accreditation

  • Primary Care Accreditation

CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services.

The YCHC began offering behavioral health and substance abuse counseling services 2016; less than a year later we began offering counseling services within the Yakutat school system (Native Connections Project).  Our next goal is to obtain accreditation as a Behavioral Health Center through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation will demonstrate YCHC’s commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. For more information on CARF, visit www.carf.org.

Ambulatory Accreditation is a  recognized as a symbol of quality.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) offers a unique peer-based review process founded on a collaborative, consultative, and educational approach. Third party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies, and the public recognize the value that comes from AAAHC Ambulatory Accreditation.

Founded in 1979, AAAHC specializes in the provision of onsite accreditation surveys for outpatient care centers. We proudly serve as an advocate for high-quality health care and patient safety by

  • engaging a wide range of ambulatory health care experts to develop, review, and revise Standards

  • assessing organizations against these Standards and their own policies and procedures

  • creating tools to support continuous quality improvement


YCHC is currently working on their AAAHC application for primary care accreditation. Accreditation goal is January 2023.

For more information, visit: www.aaahc.org 

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