Yvette Roubideaux is director of the Indian Health Service, a division of HHS and the principal healthcare provider for about 1.9 million of the 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska natives in the U.S. Roubideaux, 47, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was sworn in for the post in May 2009.
She oversees a $4 billion healthcare delivery program with 12 regional offices. A primary-care physician, Roubideaux previously was clinical director and medical Officer at the San Carlos Service Unit on the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation in Arizona. She was also assistant professor of community and family
medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and has conducted research on health conditions that affect American Indians, including diabetes research.
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