NCUIH Hires a New Executive Director


July 31st, 2017

Contact: Ashley Tuomi, DHSc

NCUIH President

On behalf of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, I am very pleased to announce that the Executive Director position has been filled by Francys Crevier. Francys previously served NCUIH as the Director of Governmental Affairs and has brought a lot of experience to NCUIH. Francys will assume her role as the Executive Director effective immediately.

Francys Crevier (Algonquin) has been serving Indian Country for a little over a decade. She has served in various capacities from clerking for Tribal supreme courts and working for the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to representing Tribes as in-house counsel and special prosecutor. She joined the Indian healthcare field in 2015 to advocate for better healthcare in Indian Country as well as educate Tribal members and communities on their alternative healthcare options. She joined NCUIH in 2016 as the Policy Analyst and Congressional Relations Liaison and later became the Director of Governmental Affairs. Francys received her J.D. from University of Arizona Law with a Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy and her B.A. in Public Administration from Florida International University.

Please join me and the rest of the Board of Directors in congratulating Francys on her new position. There will be a welcome call on August 15th at 2pm. Look for the invite to come out soon for your chance to talk with our new Executive Director.


Ashley Tuomi

NCUIH and NCAID Release a Major Survey on American Indians with Disabilities


July 17, 2017

Contact: Ryan Young Coordinator, Technical Assistance and Research Center
National Council of Urban Indian Health

NCUIH and NCAID Release a Major Survey on American Indians with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) in collaboration with the National Center on American Indians with Disabilities (NCAID) are conducting a comprehensive resource and needs assessment pilot project called “Native Communities Living United for Disability Equality” (NCLUDE). This first of its kind survey will examine the level of inclusion of urban AI/ANs living with disabilities in California, Oregon, and Washington. This assessment is meant to identify barriers to care and services, as well as opportunities to expand services, while increasing the knowledge base on this vulnerable population.

Urban AI/ANs living with disabilities face tremendous challenges to participate in their communities. Approximately 27 percent of nearly 5.4 million American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people living in the United States lives with a disability–a rate higher than any other demographic in the United States (2015 American Community Survey). There are roughly 1 million urban AI/ANs that live with disabilities, given that 71 percent of the AI/AN population lives in urban areas.

To read full Press Release click here.