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Charles W. Grim -- Department of Health and Human Services
Director--Indian Health Service

Charles W. Grim, D.D.S., is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. As the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), he is an Assistant Surgeon General and holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Interim Director in August 2002, received unanimous Senate confirmation on July 16, 2003, and was sworn in by Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on August 6, 2003, in Anchorage, Alaska. As the IHS Director, Dr. Grim administers a nationwide multi-billion dollar health care delivery program composed of 12 administrative Area (regional) Offices, which oversee local hospitals and clinics. As the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, the IHS is responsible for providing preventive, curative, and community health care to approximately 1.6 million of the nation's 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. Grim serves as the Vice-Chair of the Secretary's Intradepartmental Council on Native Americans Affairs (ICNAA). The ICNAA was established by the HHS Secretary to develop and promote HHS-wide policy to provide quality services for American Indians and Alaska Natives; promote Departmental consultation with Tribal Governments; develop a comprehensive Departmental strategy that promotes Tribal self-sufficiency and Self-Determination; and promote the Tribal/Federal Government-to-Government relationship on an HHS-wide basis. Dr. Grim is also a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Special Medical Advisory Group.

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