Health System

The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) provides comprehensive health services to the Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara (except the Tonawanda and Tuscarora Territories) Counties in the State of New York, and Warren County in the State of Pennsylvania. Health services are offered to all those persons within the Purchased/Referred Care Service Delivery Area (PRCSDA) and are defined as eligible under federal and tribal guidelines. Services have been available since the SNHS was established on April 1, 1976. From the beginning, the SNHS has been based on the needs of the people and has continued to grow and expand its available services to serve the changing needs of our community.

Health care service is provided through the Lionel R. John Health Center (LRJHC) on the Allegany Territory and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center (CIRHC) and the Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) on the Cattaraugus Territory.

The SNHS operates two community health centers that provide comprehensive primary care in the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic illnesses and/or injuries to all service-eligible Native Americans. The health program consists of the following components: Medical, Diabetes, Dental, Optical, Pharmacy, Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services, HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention and Education), and Environmental and Public Health/Engineering Services.

These components provide the following range of services: family health care, prenatal care, health maintenance and prevention screenings, well baby and child care, laboratory, pharmacy, nutrition and dietary counseling, family planning, health education, prescription exercise, transportation services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, outreach and environmental health.

Supplemental urgent care is provided on a referral arrangement and contractual basis when a patient/client's needs cannot be met at the health centers. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals including staff physicians, pharmacists, clinical nurses, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, nutritionists, social workers, medical records professionals, and other additional support staff.

Sugar Beaters - January 25th

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Sugar Beaters – Adults with diabetes, individuals who are a support person for someone with diabetes and anyone interested in learning more about diabetes are welcome. This month’s topic is “Being Active”. Please let us know if you’ll be attending. For more information, call Amanda at the Diabetes Unit, 532-5582 ext. 5428. 

Sugar Beaters Jan 2017

Gathering of Mothers - January 12th

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For expectant mothers and new mothers. Come to an evening of learning and sharing. Program includes: Seneca language lesson, healthy refreshments, relaxation & back massages and door prizes. This month’s topic: Infant Care. For more information: HOPE Unit, Vivian Curry, Health Educator, 716-532-8223 ext. 5268.

Gathering Of Mothers Jan 2017

Men’s Health Day January 10th

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To all men young and old we invite you to learn what we were told! Please join us!


  • 10 a.m. Welcome & Brunch
  • 11 a.m. Self Advocacy - Will Maybee
  • 11:30 a.m. Conservation Program – Will Miller
  • 12:00 Taking Care of Our Mother & What We Were Told - Discussion by Lehman Dar Dowdy, Living Cultural Men’s Group.
  • 1:30 Door Prize Drawings
  • 2:00 Closing

For more information: Robin Crouse, LRJHC Health Educator, 716-945-5894, ext. 3240.

Men 's Health Day _FINAL