Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH is a physician, researcher, and public health advocate. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is descended from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. She previously served as the Director of the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) where she conducted and translated policy research and data to improve outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal Nations. Her work at NCAI included the quality of census data, Native vote data, data disaggregation, COVID-19 data trends, research on diabetes in AI/ANs, and education on tribal governance of research and strengthening tribal-academic research partnerships.
Her prior work included research, education, leadership, and policy development in the areas of 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). Dr. Roubideaux’s previous academic appointments include Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Zuckerman College of Public Health. She served as the codirector of the Coordinating Center for the IHS Special Diabetes Program for Indians Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Demonstration Projects, directed training programs to encourage AI/AN students to enter health and 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.