Native American Liaison

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The purpose of the Native American Liaison position is to serve as an advocate, resource, and communication link between the Department and Arizona's Native American health care community comprised of twenty-one tribal health offices, three Urban Indian Health Programs, three Indian Health Service Area Offices, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and other agencies and entities providing direct or indirect public health services to Arizona's Native American communities.

Additionally, the Native American Liaison serves as an internal resource to Department staff on Native American issues, and representing the Department on Native American boards and commissions.

Michael Allison, ADHS Native American Liaison

Michael Allison, ADHS Native American Liaison

Michael joined the Arizona Department of Health Services in January of 2001. Michael is Dine’ (Navajo) originally from Shiprock, New Mexico. His Dine’ clans are Ta’chii’nii (red running into the water people) and Naakaaii Dine (the Mexican Navajo people). He earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1974 and his Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Arizona in May 2003. He has thirty-four years of management work experience in small business development, tribal economic development, health care management, and public health. Former positions held by Michael include: Executive Director, Navajo Division of Economic Development; Executive Vice President, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development; and Executive Director, Native American Community Health Center, Inc.

Representing the Department, Michael serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member of the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs and as a member of the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care.