Primary Care Services

(Provides IHS Services to Atka, Nikolski, St. George, Unalaska and HRSA 330 CHC Services to the Pribilof Islands)

PRIMARY CARE SERVICES DIVISION – Assures our tribal members and Community Veterans receive quality primary health, emergency services, case management, access to care, home health monitoring for chronic patients, and specialty clinic care (dental, optometry, diabetes, etc.) visits.  Services to the Saint Paul Community are performed directly through Southcentral Foundation and also via a sub-contract agreement for HRSA 330 CHC Services.

The Oonalaska Wellness Center (OWC) in Unalaska oversees our (CHA/P) health clinics in Atka and Nikolski and St. George.  Primary health care services are provided by the King Cove Clinic (Eastern Aleutian Tribes) to the Belkofski Tribal members.  The Pribilof Centers are designated HRSA Community Health Centers and provide primary and emergency services regardless of race or ability to pay.  This division also ensures facilities are safe and compliant. Contact Jessica or Melissa for access to services.


ORAL HEALTH SERVICES – Regular scheduled/funded oral health services are provided to each of our villages through the Southcentral Foundation who receives the Indian Health Services funding to perform. In house oral health services are provided to the region via an itinerant contract dentist when funding allows. Our villages receive a wide range of dental services including prevention, comprehensive dental treatment, case management and referral, and patient education and outreach.  For Emergency Dental needs for APIA villages above and beyond what can be accomplished on-site emergency care can be contracted. In the communities of Saint Paul and St George dental services should be available to all regardless of race or ability to pay due to its HRSA Community health Center funding and designation. Contact Jessica or Melissa for access to services.


OTHER SPECIALTY – APIA members also receive other specialty on an as needed and qualified basis. At all times we will try to accomplish services as close to home as possible. This includes: women’s health, optometry, diabetes and wellness education, orthopedics, etc.   Unfortunately, sometimes that isn’t always possible and our members require advanced and other specialty care. With direct coordination with home site individual care is coordinated and facilitated. If it is related to medical please contact Jessica or Melissa for access.


EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES – Administers a grant awarded by the State of Alaska to provide community-based training as well as EMS-related supplies and equipment on a funds available basis.  Contact Melissa Robbins for training schedules.


COMMUNITY HEALTH AIDE TRAINING – Administers a grant awarded by the State of Alaska to provide training and development for APIA Health Aides to all five of our sites.


Contact Information:

Jessica Mata Rukovishnikoff, Primary Care Services Regional Administrator at 907-222-4265 or

Shelee Smith, Primary Care Services Program Assistant at 907-222-4228 or

Grace Merculief, St. George Clinic Coordinator at 907-859-2254 or