Dr. Yvette Roubideaux is the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), an operating division in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Roubideaux was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the IHS Director on May 6, 2009. She is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and she is the first American Indian woman to head the IHS since it was founded in 1955.
As the IHS Director, Dr. Roubideaux administers a $4.3 billion nationwide health care delivery system comprised of over 600 hospitals, clinics and health stations organized in 12 Area Offices. The IHS is responsible for providing preventative, curative, and community health care to approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in 35 states.
Dr. Roubideaux previously served as an assistant professor in the department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where her work included teaching, research, and program development in the areas of diabetes in American Indians and Indian health policy. She has worked in a leadership capacity on numerous national committees and served as Co-Director of the Coordinating Center for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians Competitive Grant Program Demonstration Project, which was a congressionally-funded diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention project in 66 Indian health sites across the country. She also directed programs that recruited and trained American Indian students into the health professions. She was President of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) in 1999-2000, a past member of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health, and was named the 2004 AAIP Indian Physician of the Year. In 2001, Dr. Roubideaux co-edited the book “Promises to Keep: Public Health Policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 21st Century.”
Dr. Roubideaux, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1989, and completed a residency program in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, in 1992. She completed her M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health as a CFHU Fellow in 1997.