Michelle Dennison, Ph.D.

Vice President, Policy and Prevention - Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Fellowship Year


Fellowship Placement

  • HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Sponsoring Institution

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Michelle Dennison PhD, RD/LD, BC-ADM, CDE
Michelle Dennison is the Vice-President of Policy and Prevention at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. She is responsible for developing effective relationships that lead to health policies benefiting the American Indian population. Her efforts include working with Oklahoma State Legislators in creating opportunities and spaces for tribal representation in policy discussions. She also works closely with the State Medicaid Administrators, Oklahoma Health Care Authority to identify methods to increase reimbursement for much needed American Indian Health Care services and innovative 1115 waivers. Additionally Michelle engages with Federal Legislators and Regulators to improve American Indian Health efforts nationwide.

Michelle also oversees diabetes and prevention operations for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. Dr. Dennison is a previous Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and served in the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She is a previous awardee of the National Congress of American Indians Graduate Health Fellowship, the National Indian Health Board’s Area/Regional Impact Award, and the Indian Health Service’s award for Exceptional Performance for Health Promotion and Wellness and Area Impact award. Dr. Dennison serves on the Board of Directors for the Lynn Health Institute and Board of Advisors for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.