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Northwest Washington Indian Health Board




Our Mission:

The Indian Health Board will augment the health care services and public health services to the Native people in the Pacific Northwest. We will analyze community needs, develop programs, and deliver services in a sprirt of collaboration; based on available funds, and Tribal desires. The needs of our clients define the goals for our work. The following six guiding principles will help us measure the appropriateness of our decisions:

  1. Provide a safe, supportive and enjoyable work environment and treat each other, our clients, and our partners with respect and dignity.

  2. Embrace community health improvement as the essential component in the services we provide.

  3. Apply the highest standards of excellence to assessment, education, consultation, case management, and health care; thereby assuring that clients receive the care they need.

  4. Develop and maintain enthusiastically satisfied clients 100% of the time.

  5. Contribute positively to Tribal communities and their environment.

  6. Recognize that service to others is a reward and a privilege.


Our Governance:

We are 501c3 non-profit corporation governed by a 10 member Board of Directors. The delegates to the board are nominated and appointed by the 5 respective Tribes receiving service from the Health Board. The participating Tribes are:

The Lummi Nation
The Nooksack Indian Tribe
The Samish Nation
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
The Upper Skagit Tribe
The Officers of the Board are:
Chair: Cheryl Raser, Swinomish
Vice Chair: Lona Johnson, Nooksack
Secretary/Treasurer: Marilyn Scott, Upper Skagit


Our Staff:

The NWWIHB is staffed by a committed group of health professionals, with many years of combined service to Native American communities. Our staff includes an Environmental Health Specialist, Registered Dietitian, CDC COVID-19 Project Coordinator and Executive Director.


Our Partnerships:
The services we provide are coordinated with health service programs in the Tribal communities in which we serve.


Contact Us:

1400 King Street, Ste 104

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 647-9480


Northwest Washington Indian Health Board


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