Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC):Giving Patients the Services they Need
Kristine Gual is the Chief Operating Officer for the Sacramento Native American Health Clinic (SNAHC). SNACH’s mission is to carry out the legacy of a healthy American Indian and Alaskan Native community based on cultural values delivered through traditional, transformational, innovative, accessible, and self-sufficient systems of health care.SNAHC works very closely with Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, and Medicaid managed care health plans. They have improved the lives of SNAHC patients because they offer a holistic approach that leads to long-term health.Gual credits Medicaid managed care through Medi-Cal with keeping her patients out of the emergency room, getting children vaccinated, putting the focus on preventative care, and enhancing access to specialists. Knowing how important it is to lead patients to wellness, rather than just treat a disease, Medicaid has been a blessing for SNAHC.