Key Leadership Changes at IHS

Effective immediately today, Thursday, March 10, 2016, Ms. Dorothy A. Dupree will serve as the Deputy Director for the Indian Health Service.  Ms. Dupree initially came to IHS headquarters in mid-December as the Deputy Director, Quality Health Care, which will remain a key focus in her new role.  However, as Deputy Director, she will oversee operations of the Indian Health Service, in support of me in my role as the Principal Deputy Director, IHS.   Ms. Dupree is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and has been working in the field of Indian health since joining the IHS in December 1989.    She left for a period of time in 1999, spending 10 years working for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Senior Policy Advisor to the CMS Administrator on Indian health care before returning to IHS as the Tucson Area Director in 2008.  In 2010 she was assigned to the Phoenix Area to address quality and operational issues in that Area, and in 2014, she was assigned to address quality issues in the Billings Area.   Ms. Dupree brings a wealth of health care leadership experience to her new role as Deputy Director.

I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Robert McSwain will continue serving American Indian and Alaska Native people in the role of Director, Office of Management Services, IHS.  As you know Mr. McSwain has provided senior leadership for the agency, including serving as the Director or Acting Director, IHS, at various times, during his nearly 40 years of federal service.  As the OMS Director, Mr. McSwain will provide leadership in regard to a broad range of management duties, advising the IHS Director and senior management staff on grants, acquisitions, management policy, regulations, and other administrative areas.  Mr. McSwain is a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California.  The IHS is fortunate to continue to benefit from his leadership experience and knowledge of IHS programs and services.

I hope you will join me in welcoming and supporting Ms. Dupree and Mr. McSwain in their new roles.  Thank you.

Elizabeth Fowler
Deputy Director for Management Operations
Indian Health Service
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