Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, served as director of the Indian Health Service and a senior adviser to the Health and Human Services Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives during the Obama Administration. She has been an assistant professor in both the College of Public Health and College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has dedicated her career to improving American Indian health care through teaching and research, focusing on diabetes as a pervasive chronic disease. In 2001 she co-edited a book on Indian health policy with Mim Dixon, Ph.D., entitled Promises to Keep: Public Health Policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 21st Century.
Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Roubideaux worked for three years in Arizona the Indian Health Service as a clinical director and medical officer at the San Carlos Indian Hospital on the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation and for one year as a medical officer at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian reservation.
She completed her M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1989 and received her M.P.H. at Harvard School of Public Health in 1997. After completing the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, she decided to shift her career in the direction of teaching, research, and service related to Indian health issues and Indian health program development. Dr. Roubideaux also completed a faculty development fellowship at the Native American Center of Excellence, the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1998.
Roubideaux is a consultant and medical epidemiologist for the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and for the Indian Health Service National Diabetes Program. She is also a consultant to the Henry J. Kaiser Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program and is a faculty mentor and former participant in the University of Colorado native Elder Resource Center Native Investigator Program.
Dr. Roubideaux has worked on a number of national committees related to diabetes, including the National Diabetes Education Program Steering Committee, and American Indian Campaign, and the Awakening the Spirit Team for the American Diabetes Association. She has also worked with tribal leaders on a number of initiatives, including the Tribal Leader Diabetes Committee Technical Workgroup and the Blue Ribbon Panel for Navajo Health Care. In 1999-2000 she was president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.
Dr. Roubideaux has provided testimony on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act reauthorization for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in 2000 advised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on health funding priorities for its first meeting of American Indian Governments and Organizations Budget Planning and Priorities. She was a consultant to the National Indian Health Board and was an author of the national survey of tribes, "Tribal Perspectives on Indian Self-Determination and Self-Governance in Health Care Management".
Dr. Roubideaux also served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Minority Health.