Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI), is a non-profit 501 (c), tribally controlled and managed, health care organization, established to meet the medical and health needs of American Indians living on or near nine reservations in rural, medically under served areas of Southern California. RSBCIHI began operation in 1968 and was incorporated in 1974.
The organization manages five clinics and three outreach facilities. These benefit 36,642 Native Americans, who make up 11% of California's total Native American population. The geographic service area covers 27,278 square miles, extending from Inyo County in the North, to Imperial and San Diego counties in the South, Santa Ana Mountains in the West, and the Arizona border on the East. The service area is especially noteworthy due to its size and distances, as well as geographic diversity. It extends from high desert regions to low desert areas, and from below sea level to mountain ranges over 10,000 feet.
The Native Challenge program believes that an effective program is built through a cross-fertilization of ideas with different stakeholders. As such, the program collaborates with nine Consortium tribal communities, Loma Linda University's School of Public Health, California State University San Bernardino's department of Health Science & Human Ecology, California State University San Diego's Department of Epidemiology, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties' Department of Public Health, and several other external partners.