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HHS SECRETARY HAILS SELECTION OF TRUJILLO FOR INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE POST

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala today hailed the selection by President Clinton of Michael H. Trujillo, M.D., M.P.H., of Gresham, Ore., a member of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico, to be director of the Indian Health Service.
 Trujillo, 49, has served since July 1991 as area chief medical officer for the HHS' Portland, Ore., area, managing a health delivery program serving 120,000 Native American residents on 40 reservations and urban communities in a three-state region.
 Shalala said: "Dr. Trujillo is a Native American with roots in his reservation, the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. And he has demonstrated, in his many Public Health Service assignments, an ability to work with diverse cultures."
 Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee, M.D., head of the Public Health Service in which the Indian Health Service is located, said: "Dr. Trujillo has held senior Public Health Service posts in Arizona, South Dakota, Minnesota and New York and throughout has been a health advocate for the Indian people. I believe that, in his new post, his contribution to Native Americans and the Indian Health Service will be great."
 The Indian Health Service operates a comprehensive health services delivery system on behalf of approximately 1.3 million of the nation's 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Its annual appropriation is approximately $1.9 billion.
 Trujillo has dedicated his career to strengthening the health care delivery system for Native Americans and elevating the health status of Indian communities nationwide. He advocates for the involvement of tribal representatives in managing their own health care through self- determination and self-governance programs.
 Trujillo received his bachelor of science degree in biology (1966), his bachelor of arts in history (1967) and his master's degree in molecular biology (1970), from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
 He earned his M.D. from the School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, in 1974, and his M.P.H. from the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1984. His medical training is in family practice and internal medicine and includes a clinical fellowship in preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.
 In 1991, Trujillo was clinical specialty consultant in the IHS' Bemidji (Minnesota) area. During 1989-1991, he served in the dual role of associate warden for medical/hospital programs and medical director, Federal Medical Center, Bureau of Prisons, Rochester, Minn.
 He also served as deputy area director/area chief medical officer for the Aberdeen (South Dakota) area of IHS. He has held various senior level management positions in regional locations throughout his professional career with the Public Health Service. These positions included chief of clinical services for Region II in New York City and director of the Clinical Support Center in Phoenix.
 Trujillo's many professional affiliations have allowed him to serve as a health advocate for the Indian people. These have included the American College of Physician Executives, the American Association of Indian Physicians, the Association of Military Surgeons in the United States, the National Rural Health Care Association, the Western Canadian/American Health Council and the American Public Health Association.
 He also has served on the Total Quality Management Executive Council for the Portland area, the National IHS Managed Care Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Native American Center of Excellence at the School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.
 Trujillo is married and has three children.
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