Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas relocates to Dallas Medical District
Information provided by The Urban Inter-Tribal Center
The Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas (UITCT) announced today its move to the Medical District of Dallas. The Center, a non-profit corporation, serves Native Americans throughout the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex. They provide primary medical and dental care, pharmacy, counseling, job training and education services to an often forgotten demographic of our first Americans. After 42 years in the Oak Cliff community Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rodney Stapp (Comanche) said it was the perfect time to move as they had outgrown their previous facility and suffered a partial roof collapse last August during a Texas sized downpour.
“This gives us a great opportunity to better serve our Native community with a bigger, modern facility that is more centrally located to our expanding base of patients and clients,” Stapp said. The mission of the center is simple, “To improve the health and socio-economic status of the DFW American Indians,” said Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Jim Edmonson. “I think this move is another big step in the right direction.”
UITCT has a long history of collaborating with the Parkland Health System and is excited about being neighbors. The center is also looking forward to forming partnerships with UTSW Medical Center. It will be very convenient having UTSW’s new hospital just a few blocks down the street on Record Crossing Road and Parkland’s new hospital just around the corner. Children’s Hospital is nearby as well so we feel fortunate to be surrounded by world class facilities.
The center is primarily funded by federal, state and private grants and donations with their largest grantor being the Indian Health Services, a federal agency. Tribal partners such as the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Chickasaw Nation, Comanche Nation and Creek Nation contribute to the center’s cause as well. The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas also helps with extracurricular sponsorships. All eligible patients and clients are seen regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. “We strive to offer the best medical care possible on a shoestring budget because that’s what they deserve,” says Administrative Director Angela Young (Choctaw). In addition to their medical and dental services the center’s job training and education department headed by Director Kathy McDonald offers everything from GED preparation to college tuition assistance and job development training to help clients get back on their feet and into the job market, thus fulfilling their mission.
For more information about the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas or to make a donation please contact: Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas 1283 Record Crossing Rd. Dallas, TX 75235 Telephone: 214-941-1050 ext: 203 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO Dr. Rodney Stapp says “This move is a catalyst for the future growth of our organization”