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In October 2001, CAPT Randy E. Grinnell was selected as the Chief Professional Officer for the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) category of the Public Health Service (PHS). In this role, he provides leadership and is the senior advisor to the Surgeon General on environmental health professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

CAPT Grinnell is Director, Environmental Health and Engineering, Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service (OCAIHS). His office provides direction and program supervision, and is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive environmental health and engineering program serving 44 Indian tribes and 310,000 Indian people in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Program staffs include over 70 professional and support commissioned and civilian personnel with an annual budget of $5,000,000, and construction budget of $15,000,000. Program branches include Sanitation Facilities Construction, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Health Services, and Facilities Management. He is the Chairman of the Area Facility Board with oversight of all health care facility construction projects, and a member of the OCAIHS Executive Leadership Team and Governing Board.

CAPT Grinnell, a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of Missouri, has served in a variety of environmental health program and management assignments in the PHS Commissioned Corps. In 1976, he began his career in the Indian Health Service (IHS), a HHS agency after completing a COSTEP assignment in Western New Mexico in the summer of 1975. He was stationed in Anchorage, AK, as an EHO in the IHS Alaska Area, followed in 1978 with EHO assignments in the OCAIHS, and 1981 to the Albuquerque Area and in 1988 to the OCAIHS Area Office. CAPT Grinnell received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

His first assignment with the OCAIHS Area Office was as the Director, Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE). From 1992 to 1996, he served as the Deputy Area Director, and from 1996 to 1998 as the Acting Area Director for the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service (OCAIHS). While serving as the Acting Area Director, CAPT Grinnell provided overall management of clinical and administrative functions for a comprehensive health care system serving American Indians and Alaska Natives in Oklahoma, Kansas, and southern Texas. In this role, he was an advocate and liaison with the 44 Indian Tribes in support of self-determination and self- governance under Public Law 93-638 for the delivery of health services through federal, tribally operated, and buy-Indian contracted health facilities and programs. CAPT Grinnell had financial responsibility for a total budget of approximately $240 million with approximately half being awarded to tribal compacts and contracts, and administered programs throughout the OCA with a commissioned and civilian staff of 1,800 employees. Services to eligible users were provided through 7 hospitals and 34 ambulatory health facilities operated by IHS, tribes, or Urban organizations. CAPT Grinnell interfaced with the Indian Tribes that administer health programs and he worked cooperatively with officials of two HHS regional offices, two Bureau of Indian Affairs Area Offices, and separate Health and Welfare departments from three states to obtain assistance and support for the health of Indian people.

CAPT Grinnell has served on numerous special projects and national IHS workgroups both as a member and as a chairman. He was detailed for one year to chair and coordinate the IHS OCA Redesign Task Force project. He also served as co-chair of the IHS User Population Workgroup, and a member of the IHS Internal Evaluation Team, IHS Shared Services Workgroup, and more recently, the IHS Strategic Planning Workgroup. He served a 6-year appointment to the PHS EHO Advisory Committee, and as the IHS representative on the Advisory Committee of the State of Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. In addition, he served 8 years on the Sanitarian Advisory Council for the State of Oklahoma, as the first federal appointee to the Council and as the Chairman for one term.

He has received the PHS Meritorious Service Medal, Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Citation, two Unit Commendations, two Isolated Hardship Service Ribbons, and two Hazardous Duty Service Ribbons. In addition, he has been awarded the IHS Equal Opportunity Achievement Award, and the HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service. He is a Registered Sanitarian with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and a member of the Commissioned Officers Association.