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Former Director of IHS to Speak at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. – Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., former director of the federal Indian Health Service, is the featured speaker at the second annual “Distinguished Lecture in Native American Health” April 24 at the University of South Dakota.

The first woman to serve as Director of IHS, Roubideaux, a Rosebud Sioux, was appointed in 2009, serving to 2015. IHS is responsible for providing health care to approximately 2 million of the nation’s American Indians and Alaska natives.

Roubideaux is past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. She also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard. In addition to working in clinical practice on Native American reservations and her career in academic medicine and public service, Roubideaux has conducted extensive research on American Indian health issues, including diabetes.

The title of Roubideaux’s presentation is “Improving the Quality of Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives.” The presentation will occur in room 111 of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building at noon.

Lunch is available. Please RSVP to by April 15. The program is also available via teleconference to USD Sanford Medical School campuses in Sioux Falls, Yankton and Rapid City.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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