June 24, 2010 (Valley Center) -- The Indian Health Council, Inc., (IHC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary June 25 with a festive Open House, featuring health screenings, raffle prizes and giveaways, tours of the facility, and a Fun Zone for children that includes a bike rodeo. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the council headquarters, 50100 Golsh Road, Valley Center (on the Rincon Reservation).
The nonprofit IHC provides comprehensive health care for the nine Native American tribes in northern San Diego County at two modern facilities.
Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a formal color guard featuring Native American veterans from San Diego County reservations who served in the United States military from World War II through the present, a ceremonial blessing and bird singing.
Before the event, starting at 10 a.m., there will be a 2K run that is open to people of all ages.
“IHC started in a tiny Pauma Valley office in 1970 with an administrator, three outreach works and volunteers and the huge challenge of abysmally poor healthcare in the region,” said Romelle Majel-McCauley, chief executive officer.
“Thanks to the continual commitment of our staff and the nine tribes that make up the consortium, we’re proud that IHC now features state-of-the art equipment, comprehensive services, and culturally based programs at two modern facilities.”
The Indian Health Council serves a population of approximately 15,000 clients, addressing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.