Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH is the Director of the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians. The mission of the NCAI Policy Research Center is to provide tribal leaders with the best available knowledge to make strategically proactive policy decisions in a framework of Native wisdom that positively impacts the future of Native peoples. Her prior work includes research, education, and policy development in the areas of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health and the quality of diabetes care. She served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor to the HHS Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives and as the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Roubideaux directed training programs to encourage AI/AN students to enter health/research professions, is a founder of the Native Research Network, Inc., served as President of the Association of American Indian Physicians, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Roubideaux received her undergraduate, medical and public health degrees at Harvard, authored several peer-reviewed research publications, and co-edited the 2001 book Promises to Keep: Public Health Policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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