WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last Thursday, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) endorsed the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).
Now headed for a Senate floor vote, if confirmed, Roubideaux would oversee health care services for the members of 562 federally recognized tribes and 1.9 million people who live on or near American Indian reservations. The IHS has about 700 health facilities and a fiscal 2009 budget of $3.58 billion.
Roubideaux, 46, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Roubideaux previously worked in the Indian Health Service as a Medical Officer and Clinical Director on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and in the Gila River Indian Community.
Roubideaux is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.