Executive Director of Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc.
Adrianne Maddux is the executive director of Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. (DIHFS). Before her appointment in 2018, she served as the chief operating officer and Acting CEO at DIHFS and has been with the program since June 2007. In addition, she has dedicated her career working in the healthcare industry with over 35 years of experience and has spent the last 13 years working in Indian Country. Her current position requires strengths in strategic leadership, advocacy for health policy initiatives that address the health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native individuals; proficiency in operation oversight; compliance with state, federal, and local laws and regulations; maintaining a sustainable health clinic; interpreting and administrating DIHFS policies and procedures; coordinating functions with various community health and welfare programs; fiscal planning and management; creating and maintaining a professional working environment, and serving as a liaison to staff from the governing board. Ms. Maddux serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Urban Indian Health and Denver Indian Family Resource Center. She is a member of the Hopi Tribe of Shungapavi (Second Mesa), Arizona, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been especially deadly for American Indians and Alaska Natives. With the arrival of the vaccine, the executive director of Denver Indian Health and Family Services feels the urgency of protecting tribal communities and culture—and sees reason for hope.