UA's Dr. Yvette Roubideaux Appointed To Prestigious National Committee on Minority Health

George Humphrey
Feb. 5, 2001

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, clinical assistant professor in public health and medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, recently was appointed to the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Minority Health.
The new 12-member committee will advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on ways to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations, and on the development of goals and program activities within the department. Committee members have expertise on a wide range of health issues, including the challenges facing minorities in rural and urban communities, children, women, elders, people with disabilities, mental illness and AIDS.

Created by the Health Partnership Act of 1998, the committee will meet four times a year. Roubideaux's work includes teaching, research and program development in the areas of diabetes in American Indians and Indian health policy. She is a consultant/medical epidemiologist for the Division of Diabetes Translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the Indian Health Service National Diabetes Program on national projects related to diabetes in American Indians.

A member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, Roubideaux received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and is board-certified in internal medicine. She also has a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Roubideaux is the past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians and is assisting with the formation of a new national American Indian/Alaska Native Research Network.




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